Summerstage at Central Park has another incredible lineup this season, and smack bang in the middle of their schedule this year was the amazing Broken Social Scene. The Canadian indie rock musical collective/super group along with opener Melissa Laveaux put on a hell of a show on a scorching hot Sunday afternoon. Even with temperatures upwards of 100 degrees the crowd stuck it out and were rewarded with a superb performance.
Canadian born Melissa Laveaux along with her band got us underway with a selection of songs from her 2018 record Radio Siwel, a blend of roots, folk and blues with a signature percussive finger picking style all complement her wonderful voice. A crowd pleaser and a fitting opener for what was about to come.
Broken Social Scene have been around since the late 90s and have been out in force in all sorts of shapes and forms. At any given show you can expect as few as a half dozen musicians or as many as nineteen or so. An incredible collection of talent who together have released five studio albums, with the backbone of Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning at the helm. Their most recent record Hug of Thunder (which came out this week last year) was heavy on the set list for this afternoon’s get together.
Ariel Engle (aka La Force) fronted with Kevin on vocal duty and with less favorable conditions to do anything but relax and catch some rays they truly gave it their all. Blasting through “Forced to Love,” “Handjobs for the holidays,” and the crowd favorite “Sweetest Kill” we were treated to a greatest hits style show. Kevin Drew even gave us a song from his solo record “TBTF” just to put some icing on the rapidly melting cake. Did I mention that it was hot?
Broken Social Scene are on tour playing the festival circuit which takes them back to Toronto late July and out west in the US in August. A must see to truly appreciate what they do.
Article: Anthony Mulcahy