Saturday, October 03, 2009

Review & Photos : Broken Social Scene @ Seaholm Power Plant

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Broken Social Scene weren't on tour, weren't playing ACL, and are in the middle of recording their first album since 2005 (due out in spring of 2010 according to Kevin Drew). It was a combination of those points and the fact that their show was the first concert at the decommissioned Seaholm Power Plant, that attracted such a buzz in the week leading up to the concert. In any case, the crowd was 1.) well on their way past sobriety and/or 2.) just extra antsy to see the spectacle that is Broken Social Scene that by the time the band took the stage and jumped into a vamped up version of "Lover's Spit" (with Munaf Rayani of Explosions in the Sky on guitar), the crowd surged with enthusiasm for every well-known song the band played and laid back for every new song, soaking it all in. Speaking of new, the band played the American debut (they said it was only their second time playing it live) of a new song, entitled "Texaco Bitches", from their upcoming release. The band's set was heavy on the familiar with songs like "Looks Just Like The Sun", "Cause = Time", and "Fire Eye'd Boy"among others. The band also broke out some of the Broken Social Scene Presents... material like Brendan Canning's "Churches Under the Stairs". The band was missing a few members (notably the ladies), but they were in full form. Canning spoke of "studio legs" but they seemed to be on their festival-sized performance legs by at least the third or fourth song. The power plant provided a nice backdrop for the band but for those of us down in front, it didn't look like much. The smokestacks were lit with different colored and patterned lights which was a nice accent on either side of the stage but other than that, there wasn't a whole lot to see. The stage looked like one you would see at ACL or another large-scale festival so it obscured most of the backdrop of the beautiful structure that is Seaholm Power Plant. All that aside, the sound was incredible and the band was spot on.

1 comment:

TRISHANIMAL said...

For anyone who made it to ACL this year, you know how ridiculously amazing the Broken Social Scene show was! It's definitely not every day that I get to see my favorite band perform in a power plant...

If you didn't get to see it, here is a sweeet video from the show I thought I'd share with you all. Enjoy guys!