Published Dec 19, 2016This summer, Broken Social Scene got the gang back together, setting to work on a brand new studio album and reuniting onstage. Now, in a new interview, Kevin Drew has hinted that the LP could be landing by summer 2017.
Drew recently spoke to George Stroumboulopoulos on The Strombo Show, revealing that BSS were working on wrapping up the as-yet-untitled new album.
"We have to finish it, obviously, just a small thing called finishing... I think that we're thinking summer [release]," Drew said.
He also opened up about what spurred on the collective's decision to start working together again.
"The whole reason we got back together was after the shootings in Paris," he said. "Everyone sort of got on the phone within the small tribe of us and said, I want to play some shows. It is interesting because someone told me that ATCQ [A Tribe Called Quest], that was sort of their story too. I think that just affected a lot of people because it was so close to home. So close to home."
He also acknowledged that the band hold a special nostalgic place in a lot of fans lives, but that the power to connect in the digital age isn't something to scoff at.
"I know that I am an aging rocker — I truly think that it is up to us and it has always been up to us," he said. "I just think that anytime that you have a chance to connect with large crowds, it is a gift. It is incredibly fun and I think that we came together to talk about where we are at in each other's lives and where we are at in this world we are living in now."
Drew also referred to Broken Social Scene as more of a "family" than a "band," noting that he's known Amy Milan since he was 13 and met Emily Haines when he was 14. The struggle then is trying to get everyone back together and on the same page.
"I haven't got everybody yet and it haunts me, sometimes I think — god, I gotta get this person [on the record]," he continued. "I think it is just about trying to find a vibe, the right thing."
So far, Leslie Feist, Brendan Canning, Charles Spearin, Amy Milan and AroarA's Andrew Whiteman and Ariel Engle have all acknowledged their involvement with the upcoming record, though no official details have been announced. If Drew's latest interview is any indication, though, we won't have to wait much longer.
The upcoming album will mark the band's first since 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record.