Broken Social Scene premiere new song “Hug of Thunder” featuring Feist — listen

Plus, the band has announced a tour in support of their first album in seven years

photo by Nina Corcoran

    Photo by Nina Corcoran

    On July 7th, Broken Social Scene will triumphantly return with a new album called Hug of Thunder. The Canadian outfit’s first full-length since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, it was previously previewed with “Halfway Home”.

    Now, the band has taken to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program to debut the title track. The moody, swirling number that clocks in at about five minutes and features none other than Leslie Feist. Stream it down below.

    As previously reported, BSS decided to reconvene following the Paris terror attacks in 2015, a tragedy that really hit “so close to home.” “The whole reason we got back together was after the shootings in Paris,” Drew explained in an interview last year. “Everyone sort of got on the phone within the small tribe of us and said, I want to play some shows.”

    “We wanted this to be unity, and we wanted this record to be all of us,” Drew further commented in a March interview with SiriusXM. “And that’s what it is. At this time and in the state of the world as it is, the one thing we knew we could do is come back as friends. […] It was important for all of us to come together because it’s the only thing we can politically do at this moment in time…”

    Hug of Thunder was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Strokes) and mixed by Shawn Everett. It includes contributions from all fifteen original members of BSS as well as new guest vocalist Ariel Engle.

    Along with the title track, the band has announced its first full US tour since 2011. Frightened Rabbit opens on select dates.


    Broken Social Scene 2017 Tour Dates:
    05/23 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
    05/24 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
    05/26 – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
    05/28 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix Club
    05/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    05/30 – Paris, FR @ Alhambra
    06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
    06/03 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
    06/24 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend
    07/21-23 – Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
    08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
    09/16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
    09/17 – New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art Festival
    09/19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
    09/21 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
    09/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle ^
    09/24 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant ^
    09/26 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman ^
    09/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater ^
    09/28 – St. Paul, MN @ The Palace ^
    09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^
    09/30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore ^
    10/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater ^
    10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore ^
    10/05 – Portland, ME @ State Theater ^
    10/06 – New Haven, CT @ College Street ^
    10/07 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues ^

    # = w/ The Belle Game
    ^ = w/ Frightened Rabbit

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