Scene stealers

Toronto’s Broken Social Scene are one of the “buzz” bands joining the line up of this year’s Pop Montreal Festival.

Be sure to check out what all the hype is about this Friday at The Cabaret (2111 St. Laurent St.) at 9 p.m. We spoke to Brendan of BSS about Montreal, the fest, and almost funny musical comparisons.

Concordian: When I think of Montreal I think of…

Brendan: Biftek, Paget Williams, my friends who live in Montreal, an ex-girlfriend, Valley of the Giants, girls with hair wraps, Foufounes, Boreal, bagels, smoked meat, Jazz Festival (to which I have never been), 20 or 40?

Concordian: How have your past performances gone in Montreal? Any memorable moments?

Brendan: Playing at Salla Rosa has always been an extreme pleasure; playing to full houses every time we visit Montreal makes us feel very fortunate that we have the support we do.

Concordian: What can we expect from your Pop Montreal performance?

Brendan: Tremendous excitement and different members that haven’t had the chance to gig with us in Monty; perhaps some post-gig sulking if the show isn’t exactly what we’d hoped for, or maybe we don’t get enough drink tickets…then there will really be trouble.

Concordian: Who are your top three musical influences of all time?

Brendan: It changes from time to time….my band, pecan tarts with coffee, certain women.

Concordian: Tough question: Describe your sound in ten words or less:

Brendan: Guitar-driven(occasionally), experimental pop with ambient to anthemic leanings.

Concordian: What is the funniest/strangest musical comparison you’ve ever gotten?

Brendan: Some review mentioned Death Cab for Cutie as a comparison. Is that funny?

Concordian: How has this past year been for you?

Brendan: Mostly good. Many career highs that no one in the band had achieved before. It has been very natural, but I don’t want to take any of it for granted, as I know many bands desire to be at this level.

Concordian: What are your future plans to take over the world?

Brendan: Are you assuming we want to take over the world? What would happen if we actually did? No one needs that kind of pressure…especially not this collection of individuals.


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