Night Two of the three night stand of Broken Social Scene at Webster Hall became an epic performance of Springsteen like proportions. Clocking in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, the Canadian collective declared an assault on our musical soul.
They don't hold anything back, why have one guitar when you can have four? One drummer doesn't suffice, bring in two. A brass section -- not just any brass section, but five members (take that Chicago). I told myself not to count the members, but I did it in the beginning and end. They started with 13 and the finale was 16, but I could be wrong. Here's the lone joke I will say about the size of the band: you know you have a lot of members when you need name tags on stage so that all the members know each other. THANK YOU!
The self-titled Broken Social Scene album was my second best album of the year. One of the reasons is that it's a complete album, not individual songs. They pretty much played every song on the album, my favorite track on the album is "7/4 Shoreline." On the album it's sung by my girl Feist, but live it is done by former Reverie Sound Revue member Lisa Lobsinger. She did it perfectly. Yes, I did notice that she's easy on the eyes.
"Ibi Dreams of Pavement", with it's shouting beginning "Well, I got shot right in the back, And you weren't there, you weren't there " was where you scream long and point your finger at the band.
Oh, yeah. Let's not forget about Emily Haines of Metric, who wore a Rolling Stones t-shirt. I wonder where she got that from. She did vocals on "Hotel" and the best BSS song of them all, "Almost Crimes" off You Forgot It in People, which you are completely allowed to lose all bodily functions and dance like your life depended on it. That was the high point for me.
Making his safe return to the New York stage was their producer David Newfeld. As you remember, when they played Central Park Summer Stage, he got roughed up by police for trying to buy weed in the park. Tonight, no trouble for the man.
Also performed from the album was "Major Label Debut", "Fire Eye'd Boy," "Windsurfing Nation" and the closer to end all closers, "It's All Gonna Break." They just frickin beat the hell out of the instruments and blew their horns with extra fortitude. It was like, "DAMN!" You get a little New York pride in you because this is there only U.S. stop on their tour. Ha Ha to Los Angeles.
As its base, BSS is Kevin Drew and Brandan Channing with a loose coalition of other Canadian musicians from bands like Metric, Do May Say Think, Stars, By Devine Right and The Dears. K.D. took it upon himself to be the life of the show. He kept the banter down to a minimum until the end where he became like a wedding singer, "Hey everybody. You all having a good time? I always liked playing New York." It was actually hysterical because he was mellow the whole shore, then he let that Canadian sense of humor came out. During the encore, he jumped into crowd and hugged everyone is sight (see below). Not often I get to hug a rock star.
When it comes down to it, fantastic, every aspect was spot on. We all get to share in the exuberance of listening to the music. It looks like they're getting a big kick out putting together a rock orchestra of such with interchangeable members. Good times.
For those who are going Saturday, it started at 7:50 and ended 10:10 ... and to that drunk fuck face who was knocking into people and screaming uncontrollably at inappropriate times, I'm glad security took your ass out. HA HA!
Here are the pics: