‘Hug Of Thunder’ follows the release of the song ‘Halfway Home,’ which the band performed to rapturous response on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at the end of March.

‘Hug Of Thunder’ is everything BSS fans love from the Canadian collective and then some, an album overflowing with glorious open chords, multi-voice harmonies, spacious psychedelia-tinted breakdowns, and more. It is a panoramic, expansive album that manages to be both epic and intimate; and like all things BSS, in troubled times, it offers a serotonin rush of positivity. Since their inception in the early Aughts, BSS have always pushed sonic boundaries while remaining reverent of a perfect chorus; almost twenty years down the line, Hug Of Thunder sharpens that balance.

The record’s twelve songs refract the band’s varying emotions, methods, and techniques in ways that not only reference their other albums, but surpass them. ‘Hug Of Thunder’ is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. And if you’ve ever fallen in love with Broken Social Scene – as many of us have – it is a perfect return that was truly worth the wait.

Pre-order the physical and/or digital album: https://brokensocialscene.lnk.to/hugofthunder

A beautiful, limited edition vinyl version of the record is also available for pre-order. It’s available in clear vinyl, 140g double-LP, gatefold jacket (matte UV), printed vinyl sleeves (matte UV), and a 28 page booklet with stitched spine affixed to jacket. Artwork layout and design for the vinyl were done by two-time JUNO Award-winner (and Broken Social Scene’s drummer) Justin Peroff and kimikimo. The LP also includes the vinyl-only bonus track “Old Dead Young.”

‘Hug Of Thunder’ track listing:

  1. Sol Luna
  2. Halfway Home
  3. Protest Song
  4. Skyline
  5. Stay Happy
  6. Vanity Pail Kids
  7. Hug Of Thunder
  8. Towers and Masons
  9. Victim Lover
  10. Please Take Me With You
  11. Gonna Get Better
  12. Mouth Guards of the Apocalypse

[table caption=”Tour Dates” width=”100%” colwidth=”50|75|75|200|10″ colalign=”left|left|left|left|left”]
06-01-17,Barcelona, Spain,Primavera Sound,
06-03-17,Toronto, Ontario,Field Trip,
06-24-17,Pasadena, CA,Arroyo Seco Weekend,
07-21-23-17,Edmonton, AB,Interstellar Rodeo,
08-05-17,Montreal, Quebec,Osheaga,
9/16/17,Ithaca, NY,State Theatre, ~
9/17/17,New York, NY,Meadows Music & Art festival,
9/19/17,Washington, DC,9:30 Club, ~
9/21/17,Asheville, NC,Orange Peel, ~
9/22/17,Atlanta, GA,Tabernacle, *
9/24/17,St. Louis, MO,The Pageant, *
9/26/17,Des Moines, IA,Hoyt Sherman, *
9/27/17,Milwaukee, WI,Pabst Theater, *
9/28/17,St. Paul, MN,The Palace, *
9/29/17,Chicago, IL,Aragon Ballroom, *
9/30/17,Detroit, MI,The Fillmore, *
10/1/17,Pittsburgh, PA,Byham Theater, *
10/3/17,Philadelphia, PA,The Fillmore,
10/5/17,Portland, ME,State Theater, *
10/6/17,New Haven, CT,College Street, *
10/7/17,Boston, MA,House of Blues,

~ – with The Belle Game
* – with Frightened Rabbit