Last week, Broken Social Scene released their new EP, Let’s Try The After Vol. 1. “Such forceful beauty—a sense of indefinable, life-affirming ecstasy—is practically woven into Broken Social Scene’s DNA at this point,” said Pitchfork.” “And Let’s Try the After is proof that their genetic makeup is as complicatedly pure as ever.” Today, the band have added residencies in New York City at Webster Hall on May 16th and 17th as well as in Seattle at The Neptune on July 29th and 30th. Tickets go on sale for both on March 1st. The band had previously announced residencies in Montreal and Los Angeles.
In addition to these dates, Broken Social Scene will join Chris Thile for NPR’s Live From Here, taping at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on March 2nd. The performance will broadcast on NPR stations across the country.
Let’s Try The After – Vol 1 marks the band’s first new music since their critically acclaimed 5th studio album, 2017’s Hug of Thunder, which saw the collective exploring new ground while maintaining the awesome dynamics that have made Broken Social Scene one of the most beloved indie bands of the last fifteen years. Since then, the ferociously prolific supergroup have continued to release a multitude of projects including most notably Kevin Drew’s work as producer and co-writer on Gord Downie’s posthumous album Introduce Yourself. The album debuted #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums and won Drew and Downie “Songwriter(s) of the Year” and “Adult Alternative Album of the Year” at 2018’s JUNO’s. That same year Charles Spearin won “Instrumental Album of the Year” for his band, Do Make Say Think’s album Stubborn Persistent Illusions. Vocalist Ariel Engle released her solo debut under the moniker La Force. Drew also made his theatrical debut with his play A&R Angels, which premiered at Crow’s Theatre in Toronto.
For their upcoming residencies, Broken Social Scene has once again partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every U.S. ticket will go to support Youth Speaks, who provide life changing arts programs for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth across the country. For Canada, BSS has partnered with MusicCounts so that $1 from every ticket will go towards putting musical instruments into the hands of kids who need them most.
1) The Sweet Sea
2) Remember Me Young
5) All I Want
March 02 – Live From Here w/ Chris Thile at the State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN