Broken Social Scene have announced plans to tour North America this fall in support of their new self-titled album.
Although the Canadian collective considered keeping touring to a minimum, they have decided to hit the road starting Oct. 19 in Kingston, Ont. and wrapping up Nov. 18 in Winnipeg, Man. December dates are expected to be added.
?Broken Social Scene,? the band?s third album, will be released Oct. 4 on their Toronto-based Arts & Crafts label. It is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the band?s 2002 breakthrough ?You Forgot It in People,? which has sold more than 77,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and won a Juno Award for best alternative album.
Leslie Feist, a member of the band?s ever-expanding extended family, will open most of the 21 shows, performing material from her recent Cherry Tree album ?Let It Die? (on which she is credited simply as Feist). She will also sing with BSS, and contributes her vocals on the new track ?7/4 (Shoreline),? which was recently made available for free download on Arts & Crafts? Gallery AC download site.
BSS have a somewhat wary outlook toward being on-the-road, as they recently told MTV.
“Just because you’re a band doesn’t mean you should be in a tour bus touring,” bassist/singer Brendan Canning said. “It’s fairly archaic, and there’s a reason why someone like Tom Waits doesn’t tour very much: It’s slightly uncivilized.”
This is a good time for BSS fans, with the band planning to release a second album of recently recorded material next year. A last-minute decision was also made to include a seven-song EP entitled ?EP to Be You and Me? with the first pressings of ?Broken Social Scene.?
Singer/guitarist Kevin Drew described the self-titled work, which was originally dubbed ?Windsurfing Nation,? as an “ethereal, distorted garage-pop record; people are gonna think their speakers are busted.”
Here are Broken Social Scene’s tour dates according to their record label (* indicates dates with Feist):
10/19 – Kingston, ON @ Queens University
10/20 – Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
10/21 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/22 – Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom *
10/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/27 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
10/28 – Chicago, IL @ Cabaret Metro *
10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
10/31 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre*
11/1 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre *
11/3 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s *
11/4 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom *
11/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre *
11/9 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom *
11/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom *
11/12 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox *
11/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/15 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
11/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Reds
11/18 – Winnipeg, MB @ Rendezvous