Broken Social Scene returned to the SXSW Music Festival for a series of performances this March. Touring in support of their recently released records Let’s Try the After Vol. 1 and Let’s Try the After Vol. 2, the band may seem like a pared-down group compared to the number of recent recording contributors, but they still fill the stage with many great musicians to form an entire record label roster.
The 2019 SXSW Radio Day Stage performance featured newer works, many including Ariel Engle on vocal duties, and indicate that the band is more focused on continuing to evolve their artistic expression, rather than simply tour on the strength of their early hits. However, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Broken Social Scene’s breakout album You Forgot It In People, the SXSW audience was treated to a full-album performance earlier in the week at the Arts & Crafts Records showcase. The band’s rise to popularity on the strength of that record aligned with memorable performances at SXSW 2003.
“We got our start here, we really did. We broke in 2003 – that record, and the people who helped us coming out of this festival back in 2003, gave us lives and it gave us mortgages and homes. We’re very grateful and we wanted to come back just to say thank you, and to get the shit kicked out of us by rocking out like teenagers and playing eight shows in five days.” – Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene
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