Interview with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning

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Broken Social Scene under the El in Chicago, where the band recorded Forgiveness Rock Record.

“I’m not one of those guys who gets excited about things,” Broken Social Scene founding member Brendan Canning told me in response to my question: “Are you as excited to talk to me as I am to talk to you?” Just kidding, but I do think I caught Canning in a moment of understandable distraction. We spoke by phone this morning as he did the dishes and generally prepared to hop on a bus bound for Atlanta, the first stop on BSS’s tour in support of Forgiveness Rock Record, the band’s fourth studio album. On Feb. 12, the tour brings the Canadian indie-rock collective to Revolution in sunny Ft. Lauderdale. Here is my interview with Canning, in which he schools me on a couple of the finer points of cold-weather living, talks forgiveness, and shares his insight on how local music scenes can break past their city limits.

Hey Brendan. Thanks for taking time to talk to me. I’m really looking forward to the show this weekend.

BC: Shit, this weekend. Wow. When you wake up and get the news that it’s minus 27 with the wind chill factor, and you’re going to be in Florida in five days – I haven’t even looked at our itinerary closely. I just know I get on a bus tonight, and I’m dead headed to Atlanta. I still gotta pack. Doing some dishes in the sink. Waiting for my dog sitter. You know, the usual pre-tour stuff.

Is it really negative 27 in Toronto right now?

BC: Yeah, we don’t call it “negative” – we call it “minus”. I know you don’t get that kind of temperature gauge down there [in Miami].

Yeah, you’ll have to forgive me. I can tell you that right now it’s about 70 degrees and gorgeous out.

BC: Yeah? See there’s my little incentive. There’s my glimpse of, yeah, it’s going to be exciting to be on tour, because I’m not going to have to wear my parka, or worry about whether my little dog gets salt in its paws. [BC goes on to explain the concept of sidewalk salting to melt snow. I only wish he had also explained the concept of snow.]

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