Broken Social Scene Are Back In A Very Big Way
With “Halfway Home”
For people of a certain age, Broken Social Scene stands as a totem to a more carefree time, when your biggest concern was making the last call. The sprawling collective of musicians, who call Toronto, Canada, their home base, put out the seminal indie rock album You Forgot It in People in 2002, and another self-titled album in 2005, establishing themselves as pillars a booming indie music scene that coincided with the rise of the internet and influential sites like Pitchfork, who championed the band early on. But just as they came together—a Voltron of musicians who all had their own successful side projects—BSS eventually came apart, with the team (which included Feist, probably their most visible member) following other musical pursuits.
And although they hadn’t put out a proper album since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, the group never strayed far from the public consciousness, thanks to their various members’ prolific outputs. And all the while, the promise of a full-blown Broken Social reunion loomed.
That time has finally come in a very big way, as the band reunited last night on The Late Show to perform their first new song in seven years, the bursting anthem “Halfway Home.” The track is vintage BSS, with dueling male and female vocals and a barrage of soaring sounds that come together harmoniously. The musicians on stage are Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Ariel Engle, Metric's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars' Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, David French, and Dave Hodge, all whom will be involved in the upcoming Broken Social Scene album, which is supposedly coming out this fall. Watch the performance above.