Influential Canadian alternative rock collective Broken Social Scene release their new album Hug Of Thunder on 7 July 2017, their first since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record. To support the release, they have also announced a series of selected dates for the summer of 2017.
‘Hug Of Thunder’, the baroque-pop title track is set to be debuted via Zane Lowe on 15 May 2017. It follows the release of the single ‘Halfway Home’, which was unveiled on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Rolling Stone called the track “triumphant”, while Pitchfork highlighted that it’s “a neat five-minute distillation of everything Broken Social Scene do well.” Hug Of Thunder has been produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Chicarelli (White Stripes, Spoon, The Strokes) and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius).
To support the release, Broken Social Scene have announced a series of selected dates. These shows are as follows:
23 May: Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
24 May: O2 Academy, London, UK
26 May: Immergut Festival, Neubrandenburg, Germany
29 May: Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
24 June: Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA
4 August: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Canada
Broken Social Scene are one of the most enduring and influential indie outfits to come out of the early 2000s. Their flexible line-up has been known to incorporate anything from six to nineteen members. The band was formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning and including members of other Canadian acts including Metric, Do Make Say Think and Stars, as well as the Grammy-nominate Feist.
Their debut album, You Forgot It In People was one of the most critically-acclaimed indie albums of the immediate post-Y2K era. Released through Paper Bag Records in October 2002, the album went on to win the 2003 Alternative Album Of The Year Juno Award in Canada.