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10 Bands Made Up of Members of Broken Social Scene

July 20, 2011  |  9:16am

Canadian music collective Broken Social Scene has to have one of the most fluid lineups in the modern music world. Its many talented members are constantly in and out of the music collective and working on multiple side projects. With a group so big, it’s easy to get confused about what each member is up to. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve made a list of just a few of the other musical projects that members of Broken Social Scene have been a part of over the years.

1. Apostle of Hustle
Guitarist Andrew Whiteman is one of the four members of Broken Social Scene who has stuck around with the group for every tour. After a two-month long trip to Cuba, Whiteman became enamored with Cuban music and assembled a four-piece to start playing Brazilian and Cuban folk songs.

2. Do Make Say Think
This five-piece formed in the mid-‘90s, before Broken Social Scene was even a twinkle in its founder’s eyes. Future Social Scene members Charles Spearin, Julie Penner and Ohad Benchetrit took the helm of this Toronto-based instrumental rock group. The band is still playing together after all these years; they released their sixth album, Other Truths in the fall of 2009.

3. Feist
Before Leslie Feist was writing chart-topping hits as a solo artist, she was serving as a vocalist for BSS. She joined the band just in time to record their sophomore album, You Forgot It In People.

4. Land of Talk
After Elizabeth Powell contributed her vocals to Brendan Canning’s solo album Something For Us All, Powell was asked to join the band. Powell’s Land of Talk actually toured with BSS so Powell could perform with both acts in one show.

5. Metric
When Emily Haines and James Shaw aren’t performing with Broken Social Scene, they’re working on a slightly more electronic project. Metric formed way back in 1998 with Haines on synths and vocals while Shaw rocks out on the theremin and guitar. The group was well received from the very beginning, but 2009’s Fantasies threw them into super stardom. Haines recently returned from a three and a half year long trip to Buenos Aires, and the group is back in the studio to record a brand new album.

6. Stars
This five-piece is almost completely made up of BSS members. Torquil Campbell, Evan Cranley, Amy Milian and Chris Seligman took what they already knew about indie and added in some pop sensibilities. Apparently, it’s working because two of their albums have been nominated for the prestigious Juno Award to acknowledge Canadian artists’ outstanding achievements in the music industry.

7. Valley of the Giants
It’s a supergroup, composed of members from a supergroup. Valley of the Giants brings together members of a number of Canadian groups, incuding Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think and several other bands. Brendan Canning and Charles Spearin join the ranks of this star-studded dream pop band when they’re not hard at work with BSS.

8. Raising the Fawn
John Crossingham joined this Canadian indie rock three-piece in 1997. They released their first, self-titled album way back in 2001.

9. K.C. Accidental
This two-piece instrumental group was the original basis for what would become BSS. Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin started the group in 1998 and named it after their first initials, K and C.

10. Reverie Sound Revue
This group, fronted by BSS-er Lisa Lobsinger first got together in Alberta back in 2002 and shortly afterwards, they released their first EP. They called it quits in 2004, only to reunite a few years later to put out their most recent album, The Reverie Sounds Revue.

Reverie Sound Revue – You Don’t Exist If I Don’t See You from Boompa Records on Vimeo.

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