Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew
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Prior to attending this show I didn't quite grasp the concepts implied by "Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew." I was curiously skeptical as to why Broken Social Scene would be presenting their own front man as if he were someone outside of the musical collective. After I spent some time chatting amongst the audience everything fell into place and finalized in one enormous cerebral click. This show is only the beginning of a series of "Broken Social Scene Presents" concerts. As is my understanding, each member of Broken Social Scene is going to create their own solo material and BSS will act as the performing medium that presents these efforts to the masses. It's quite genius actually. The whole "BSS Presents" process really showcases the amount of talent of the band as a whole, as well as individually, to create their own unique material.

This would be my second time witnessing the Broken Social Scene phenomenon first hand. I had thought that my previous BSS experience would give me some sort of edge in anticipating what was to come; like some sort of veteran music missionarie. My previous experience had done nothing to prepare me; nothing was familiar.

The opening act of the night was "Arthur and You." Despite the fact that they were opening up for Broken Social Scene they did little to catch my attention until their last song. I'm not familiar with the band so I couldn't give you the name of the song but their closing number was tits (aka exceptionally swell). "Arthur and You" finished their set in a timely fashion and had disappeared from the stage within the blink of an eye. Now it was time to see the band that had everyone crowding a small venue on a Sunday night... Broken Social Scene!

More talk and less rock. This was the Broken Social Scene motto that Kevin Drew repeated throughout the performance. Well that, and a constant reminder that we should all "appreciate the flow of Sunday." Personally, I think that there was ample rock throughout the performance and just the right amount of talk. My favorite quote of the night is as follows...

"I've been smoking cigarettes all day... [pause]... because it's Sunday." -Kevin Drew

Kevin sympathized for the Colts losing to the Patriots. He said that he didn't keep up with the NFL but watched the game in their hotel room before the show because he likes to tune into local sporting events when he's on tour. He also told the crowd that he would adorn a Colts jersey if someone were to throw one up on stage. Within thirty seconds, three jerseys mysteriously floated to the stage. As he put on the jersey he promised that Indianapolis would have it's revenge in the form of a Tom Brady sex tape that was bound to be released sometime soon because "that shit's predictable." Once Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning had become fully garbed in Colts-ware they attempted to play "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. By the end of the night they had spontaniously attempted a few Bryan Adams songs in addition to one by Dinosaur JR.

Great music mixed, witty banter, and impromptu covers kept the unwavering attention of showgoers fixated on Broken Social Scene throughout the entire show. The volume was explosive and thunderous; the decibals were high enough to enduce bodygasms. At one point I thought my head was actually going to explode in beat with the kick drum. The vibrations were so intense that my teeth began to ache. This may sound like complaining but it's not. These are just some of the perks involved with being in the front row at a BSS concert.

There was more diversity in this particular show than I had expected. The balanced mix of Broken Social Scene songs and Kevin Drew songs catered to those that came to watch traditional BSS as well as those that came to hear Kevin Drew's solo release "Spirit If..." played by BSS. The band also played a single track from Brendan Canning's album, which has yet to be released. After hearing that one track I'm anxious to hear more!

"Why do all of the cool kids have to be in the front row?" asked Kevin Drew as he scanned the front row feeling as if he had let down one particular girl sporting "the coolest hairdo of the tour." He then asserted that he was going to make it up to her before the night was over. Shortly after, a woman from the audience had asked Kevin Drew if she could dance on the stage while they played. This led to a dance explosion; random people in strange outfits jumping on the stages at different moments. One of the dancers was wearing tacky crotchless pants that looked utterly ridiculous. The fashion dance massacre didn't last more then a few minutes before the song ended and everyone left the stage. You could tell that the band wasn't comfortable with that many people on the stage. They didn't do their traditional encore in which they leave the stage and then come back out. Nope... This was Sunday so they were doing things differently.

More talk and less rock. This was the Broken Social Scene motto that Kevin Drew repeated throughout the performance. Well that, and a constant reminder that we should all "appreciate the flow of Sunday."

[RMR]