Broken Social Scene Reveal Their Grindcore Roots with Scott Pilgrim Soundtrack Contributions

Broken Social Scene Reveal Their Grindcore Roots with <i>Scott Pilgrim</i> Soundtrack Contributions

Whenever we listen to Broken Social Scene's extended hippy-dude-by-way-of-indie-rocker jams, we always think about manic grindcore like Napalm Death or crossover hardcore/metal like D.R.I. Well, maybe not. But some of the band's contributions to the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World soundtrack are bringing the worlds of the bearded contemplative type and the pissed-off longhair closer together, according to Broken Social Scenester Brendan Canning.

For the movie's soundtrack, which comes out August 10 on ABKCO, the band wrote some fast hardcore punk tunes that actor Erik Knudsen sings; the band also provided some ambient pieces for the score. Of the fast tunes, Canning said in a recent Pitchfork interview, "They're really short punk rock jams. One tune is four seconds long - it's in Napalm Death territory. After that one, someone in the movie yells, 'Hey, it's not a race!' The longest tune we recorded for it was 42 seconds. Another one is a little more in D.R.I. territory."

While it's a shocker to hear someone who was involved in the making of an album actually titled Forgiveness Rock Record name-drop bands who were involved in the making of albums titled Scum and Thrash Zone, it turns out that Canning and the boys do have some rocker blood in them after all.

"We're all fans of that type of thrashy music," Canning continued. "Charles [Spearin] and Ohad [Benchetrit] played in a metal band growing up. I definitely bought Suicidal Tendencies' first record when it came out."

The soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World also features Frank Black, Metric and Black Lips, among others. The movie, which is directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), opens on August 13.