More a musical collective than, strictly speaking an indie rock band, Canada’s acclaimed Broken Social Scene has numbered from six to nearly 20 mostly Toronto-area musicians over more than a decade.
The “group,” formed in 1999 by guitarist/vocalist Kevin Drew and bassist/vocalist Brendan Canning, features an eclectic assortment of instrumentation, including guitars, bass, brass, woodwinds, violins, drums, percussion and vocals, all combined into what are often unusual song structures.
Ambient debut album Feel Good Lost appeared in 2001, recorded by Drew and Canning along with contributions from a wealth of friends. Most of this lineup returned, along with even more contributors, for 2002 second album You Forgot It in People, which won a 2003 Juno award as alternative album of the year. Broken Social Scene tracks then started to enjoy a long-running string of numerous film and television placements.
B-side and remix collection Bee Hives was released in 2003.
Eponymous third full-length album Broken Social Scene appeared in fall 2005, with yet more new contributors and in 2006 earned the ensemble yet another Juno for alternative album of the year.
Drew recorded 2007 solo album Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew Spirit If …, which featured almost every BSS member and was intended as the first of several Broken Social Scene Presents albums. The second of these, Canning’s Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning Something For All of Us … was released in summer 2008.
Fourth full-length BSS album Forgiveness Rock Record was released in spring 2010. In a typically unusual step, the group’s members announced the “All to All” remix series in late summer 2010, which consists of seven different remix versions of Forgiveness Rock Record track “All to All,” released every Monday and available for 24 hours only through a different online partner. The first of these remixes, “All to All (Sebastien Sexy Legs Grainger Remix),” was created by former Death From Above 1979 drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger and released on Aug. 9, 2010.