"After an atmospheric instrumental opening harking all the way back to Feel Good Lost, the band kicks in with the anthems." - NPR

Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and mixed by Shawn Everett, Hug Of Thunder is everything BSS fans love from the Canadian collective and then some, an album overflowing with glorious open chords, multi-voice harmonies, spacious psychedelia-tinted breakdowns, and more. It is a panoramic, expansive album that manages to be both epic and intimate; and like all things BSS, in troubled times, it offers a serotonin rush of positivity. Since their inception in the early Aughts, BSS have always pushed sonic boundaries while remaining reverent of a perfect chorus; almost twenty years down the line, Hug Of Thunder sharpens that balance. The record's twelve songs refract the band's varying emotions, methods, and techniques in ways that not only reference their other albums, but surpass them. Hug Of Thunder is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. And if you've ever fallen in love with Broken Social Scene - as many of us have - it is a perfect return that was truly worth the wait.

Here are some other reviews:

""Skyline," the third single off their forthcoming album Hug of Thunder, is a return to form, where aimless roaming sounds remarkably intimate." - Pitchfork

"We should be grateful that a band like Broken Social Scene can still make music that's as reliably anthemic and vibrant as this." - Stereogum

"Broken Social Scene songs are propelled by the size of the group, and when it all converges they're able to pull optimism from fear of aging, heartbreak, and the rigors of modern life." - Vulture


"They're still making songs that sound vast and cacophonous, tracks that are built to flood the brain with serotonin. " - Noisey


"Soaring, rousing, and perfect for sunsets." - Entertainment Weekly


"Filled with laid-back melodies and feel-good vibes-the perfect soundtrack for summertime." ELLE.com


Broken Social Scene is: Kevin Drew, John Crossingham, Brendan Canning, Sam Goldberg, Charles Spearin, Ariel Engle, Justin Peroff, Leslie Feist, Andrew Whiteman, Emily Haines, Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, Jimmy Shaw, Lisa Lobsinger, David French, Ohad Benchetrit, and Jason Collett


Tour dates:

07-21 to 23-17 - Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo

08-05-17 - Montreal, Quebec @ Osheaga

9/16/17 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre ~

9/17/17 - New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art festival

9/19/17 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ~

9/21/17 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel ~

9/22/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *

9/24/17 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *

9/26/17 - Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman *

9/27/17 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *

9/28/17 - St. Paul, MN @ The Palace *

9/29/17 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *

9/30/17 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *

10/1/17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater *

10/3/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

10/5/17 - Portland, ME @ State Theater *

10/6/17 - New Haven, CT @ College Street *

10/7/17 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues

10/20/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ~

10/21/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ~

10/23/17 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ~

10/24/17 - Portland, WA @ Crystal Ballroom ~

10/26/17 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater ~

10/28/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern ~

11/1/17 - Windsor, ON @ Family Credit Union #

11/3/17 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #

11/4/17 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #

~ - with The Belle Game
* - with Frightened Rabbit
# - with Arcade Fire

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Dan Victor is editor in chief of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) and singer / guitarist for Ductape Halo (indie rock).


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