A Wayward Word's Worth

March 2, 2011

Be Nice To Your Siblings

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 3:45 am

There’s bound to be a few spats in this social scene. By Kyle Mullin for Edmonton’s SEE Magazine, Jan. 27 2011

They aren’t songs so much as the very sound of sibling rivalry — pleading choruses, kneaded drum beats, upbeat tempos that fail to hide heated lyrics. The indie extended family that makes up Broken Social Scene will wring out those tense tunes at the Freezing Man festival on Jan. 29, revealing an inspiring contention can even hinder forgiveness in every sense of the word.

“Forgiveness is just an 11-letter word. Yours to choose or refuse,” says bassist and guitarist Andrew Whiteman, one of half a dozen devoted members in an otherwise rolodex line up, of the sentiment behind the troupe’s latest album, Forgiveness Rock Record.  “The title was debated hotly for awhile, but it couldn’t be denied,” he says of the scrambling democratic process that even scorched the new record. “As a group, our multi-headedness almost prevents ingestion. It means never really knowing. Anything.”

That uncertainty is as present as ever on Forgiveness Rock Record, a lean, 14-track affair that paired the once gregariously-gorged line up down to a handful of key players for the first time — Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Justin Peroff and Andrew Whiteman.




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