Broken Social Scene Told Zane Lowe How Their New Album ‘Hug Of Thunder’ Got Its Name

Broken Social Scene is sort of like the Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show of Canadian indie music; the band has been both excellent itself and a starting point for a bunch of artists and groups that have gone on to nail it in their own right, such as Metric, Stars, and Feist.

The latter previously said that the band’s upcoming comeback album Hug Of Thunder would be a reunion of a bunch of the group’s esteemed members. That was verified when the group performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in March with Metric’s Emily Haines and James Shaw and Stars members Amy Millan and Evan Cranley. Now it’s Feist’s turn to rejoin the scene, which she did on the just-released title track from Hug Of Thunder.

The band premiered the song on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show today, and it’s a super positive sign that this reunion is no flop. Reverb-drenched vocals and drums are grounded by a warm and comforting bass line, all of which sound modern but like classic Broken Social Scene, a reminder of how ahead of its time the group really was.

A few U.S. performances were previously announced, but now the group has revealed that they’re going on a full-fledged American tour in September and October, with support from Frightened Rabbit starting September 22nd.

“Hug of Thunder — [It came from] Feisty!” Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene told Lowe on the show. “She’s on fire too. Her record, it’s stunning. And there’s actually more records coming out this year than we’ve ever had before within our crew and it’s a beautiful thing. Soon as that [the album title] was said it got on the board and nothing else was added. That’s kind of the mission and it always has been and that’s what our sound is. Listen to the album’s title track above, that interview below, and check out the band’s tour teaser video as well as dates.

05/23 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
05/24 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/26 – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
05/28 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix Club
05/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/30 – Paris, FR @ Alhambra
06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/03 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
06/24 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend
07/21-23 – Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
09/16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
09/17 – New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art Festival
09/19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/21 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
09/24 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
09/26 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman
09/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
09/28 – St. Paul, MN @ The Palace
09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
09/30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
10/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/05 – Portland, ME @ The State Theater
10/06 – New Haven, CT @ College Street
10/07 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues