Cleveland gets invaded by a new Broken Social Scene

Dave Bolger

Broken Social Scene will visit Cleveland, and it’s not a moment too soon.

The band is comprised of Kevin Drew and lead singer Brendan Canning along with a varying number of guest musicians who share the spotlight of the Toronto indie scene, with a total of 10 instrumentalists responsible for recording the self-titled album released in October 2005.

The band began touring in support of their self-titled album over a year ago, but the US leg of their tour began only in late October.

“We’ve spent so much time overseas,” Canning said, “And we have neglected the United States for long enough. But I like to think we’ve saved the best shows for last.”

The band is in the middle of a nationwide tour that will hit 22 different cities in the United States including The House of Blues in Cleveland this Friday.

Broken Social Scene gained respect with the album, You Forgot it in the People, released in June 2003. People was in the top 10 of a countless number of critics’ lists for best album of the year and won the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy – the Juno Award – for alternative album of the year.

The set list for the show tomorrow will consist mainly of tracks from People and the self-titled album.

“We’ll be playing a nice cross-section of tracks from the last two albums. We’ve had a very sporadic sort of line-up shifts throughout the tour, so it’s hard to say exactly which songs we will be playing. We do have a few standards though, a few fan-favorites, we always play ‘KC Accidental,’ for instance. Fans respond well to that song.”

The band’s heavy, melodic sound is the product of a lineup that consists of, at times, five guitar players. Because of the size of the band, Broken Social Scene is able to capture a sound that other bands cannot.

After the release of debut album Feel Good Lost in 2001, an album that consisted mainly of instrumental tracks, Canning and Drew found it was necessary to enlist the help of other musicians to help capture the mood of Lost when playing live, which led to the band’s large and ever- revolving band line-up.

Opening for Broken Social Scene tomorrow will be fellow Canadian’s Do Make Say Think. The instrumental group has opened for them at each stop of their North American tour.

Broken Social Scene’s tour across the United States is the last before the band takes a break. Members have been touring almost nonstop for more than a year and they feel a break is much deserved.

“This is the closing of a chapter for us,” Canning said, “American cities have been great, they always have been great. We always get a good response and it’s really good for the esteem of the band.”

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Broken Social Scene

Playing with Do Say Make Think

Where? House of Blues in Cleveland

When? Tomorrow, 9 p.m.

How Much? $20-27