Published Feb 01, 2000Dogs sniff butts, cats lick each other and humans shake hands, but sometimes musicians have a different way of getting to know each other. For Toronto players Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew, it was Broken Social Scene. "It was us getting to know each other, and we did it by pressing record," explains Drew. The result album, Feel Good Lost on Noise Factory, sees both play a slew of instruments on what Drew calls "stomach songs. Blood instead of skin. Emotional rock, but it's not emo." It is drifting, Tortoise-y dreamy instrumental melody from two players skilled enough to create instinctively and seemingly without effort. Both Canning and Drew have a long history connecting on this level æ Kevin Drew was the K to Charles Spearin's C in KC Accidental, and toured Europe with Spearin's band Do Make Say Think as one of several fill-in players called the "Make Dos." Canning toiled in By Divine Right, and has just released another project called Cookie Duster with Change of Heart's Bernard Maiezza. "I can only make music with people who are in other bands," Drew jokes. "It's like I enjoy arguing about touring schedules."
In fact, the collective approach is fundamental to the future of Broken Social Scene (they wanted to call it a club but didn't want to get crossed up with Buena Vista Social Club) æ its vision is open to evolution. At their Toronto Exclaim! Party appearance, guests will include Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Feist and more. "It's an open format for people to come and play music," enthuses Drew. "You never know what's gonna happen æ I don't even know if we're gonna play songs off the record. We started with an instrumental record, but we're starting to write pop songs. We're trying to grind into the lyrical world and create some Oh my god, could my life be any better' anthems for people."