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BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE – SHARE NEW SINGLE ALBUM-TITLED SINGLE ‘HUG OF THUNDER’

May 16, 2017

Norman Wong

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

– SHARE NEW SINGLE ALBUM-TITLED SINGLE ‘HUG OF THUNDER’
– ALBUM DUE JULY 7TH VIA CITY SLANG
– UK TOUR DATES THIS MONTH

“Broken Social Scene – bruised, beautiful and chaotically epic…Theirs is a breathtaking display of controlled euphoria.” — The Guardian, September 2016

Toronto’s Broken Social Scene recently detailed their first album in seven years, Hug Of Thunder, out July 7th, 2017 onCity Slang.  Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and mixed by Shawn Everett, Hug Of Thunder includes contributions from all fifteen original members of Broken Social Scene (see full list below), as well as new guest vocalist Ariel Engle.  Today, the title track of the album has been revealed.

Hug Of Thunder’ follows the release of the song ‘Halfway Home,’ which the band performed to rapturous response onThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert at the end of March.

‘Hug Of Thunder’ is everything BSS fans love from the Canadian collective and then some, an album overflowing with glorious open chords, multi-voice harmonies, spacious psychedelia-tinted breakdowns, and more.  It is a panoramic, expansive album that manages to be both epic and intimate; and like all things BSS, in troubled times, it offers a serotonin rush of positivity.  Since their inception in the early Aughts, BSS have always pushed sonic boundaries while remaining reverent of a perfect chorus; almost twenty years down the line, Hug Of Thunder sharpens that balance.  The record’s twelve songs refract the band’s varying emotions, methods, and techniques in ways that not only reference their other albums, but surpass them. ‘Hug Of Thunder’ is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising.  And if you’ve ever fallen in love with Broken Social Scene – as many of us have – it is a perfect return that was truly worth the wait.

Pre-order the physical and/or digital album: https://brokensocialscene.lnk.to/hugofthunder

A beautiful, limited edition vinyl version of the record is also available for pre-order.  It’s available in clear vinyl, 140g double-LP, gatefold jacket (matte UV), printed vinyl sleeves (matte UV), and a 28 page booklet with stitched spine affixed to jacket. Artwork layout and design for the vinyl were done by two-time JUNO Award-winner (and Broken Social Scene’sdrummer) Justin Peroff and kimikimo. The LP also includes the vinyl-only bonus track “Old Dead Young.”

Broken Social Scene is:

Kevin Drew                                         John Crossingham
Brendan Canning                                Sam Goldberg
Charles Spearin                                  Ariel Engle
Justin Peroff                                        Leslie Feist
Andrew Whiteman                              Emily Haines
Evan Cranley                                       Amy Millan
Jimmy Shaw                                        Lisa Lobsinger
David French                                       Ohad Benchetrit
Jason Collett

‘Hug Of Thunder’ album cover:

‘Hug Of Thunder’  track listing:

1. Sol Luna
2. Halfway Home
3. Protest Song
4. Skyline
5. Stay Happy
6. Vanity Pail Kids
7. Hug Of Thunder
8. Towers and Masons
9. Victim Lover
10. Please Take Me With You
11. Gonna Get Better
12. Mouth Guards of the Apocalypse

Tour dates:

05-23-17         Manchester, United Kingdom @ Albert Hall
05-24-17         London, United Kingdom @ Brixton Academy
05-26-17         Neustrelitz, Germany @ Immergut Festival
05-28-17         Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Club
05-29-17         Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
05-30-17         Paris, France @ Alhambra
06-01-17         Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
06-03-17         Toronto, Ontario @ Field Trip
06-24-17         Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend
07-21-23-17     Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
08-05-17         Montreal, Quebec @ Osheaga
9/16/17            Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre ~
9/17/17            New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art festival
9/19/17            Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ~
9/21/17            Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel ~
9/22/17            Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *
9/24/17            St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
9/26/17            Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman *
9/27/17            Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
9/28/17            St. Paul, MN @ The Palace *
9/29/17            Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *
9/30/17            Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *
10/1/17            Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater *
10/3/17            Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/5/17            Portland, ME @ State Theater *
10/6/17            New Haven, CT @ College Street *
10/7/17            Boston, MA @ House of Blues

~ – with The Belle Game
* – with Frightened Rabbit

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