Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gang's All Here: Broken Social Scene live


Fresh off the heels of their Coachella performance, and a special fan club show at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Broken Social Scene found the time to drift north and grace the Ventura Theater.

Australia's 'Black Rider did the opening honors, acquitting the selves well, and setting the stage for what was to come. Sales must have been soft, for the balcony was closed, and the downstairs was curtained off. Sad to see, but the faithful that were there more than made up for numbers with their enthusiasm.

Like Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene to me is as much a personal vice as a band. I don't interact with a lot of fans of either, and it's always fascinating to see the makeup of the audience at the shows...

Brendan Canning was back to being his usual unflappable self, recovered from the bug that he fought gamely in last years May appearance at the Wiltern in LA.

Kevin Drew settled into his role as MC for the evening, likening, (and not wrongly), the old theater to a high school gym, and keeping the proceedings in order.

They led off with a spirited charge through tunes from last year's Forgiveness Rock Record, and kept the spotlight on that stellar effort for the most part, but leavened the set with cuts from 2005's self titled record, and the highlight of the evening: a charged and dynamic reading of "Cause/Time" from You Forgot It In People.

Altogether an excellent night among old friends that felt like your favorite worn but welcome hoodie...

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