What is a Broken Social Scene concert like?

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Answered by: Marissa, An Expert in the Artists and Bands Category
As Broken Social Scene's backup lead singer, Elizabeth Powell's (from opening band, Land of Talk) voice sounded around the venue of The Moon, singing one of my favorite tunes, “Anthem for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl” in Tallahassee, Florida, the crowd standing below this talented young woman seemed to instantaneously connect to this very eclectic kind of music. This smokey, darkly-lit setting captured the perfect mood for this late-November concert. Because of the recent cold spell, people were dressed in extra layers of clothing, gloves, and large fur-lined coats which they soon could slowly peel off after arriving to this heated, friendly, indoor music get-together. Some people were there to have a couple of drinks, and catch-up with friends, while others just enjoyed the calming sounds of the music pulsating in precise increments of time throughout the room. After the opening band, Land of Talk performed a mediocre assortment of songs, there was a definite sense of urgency from the large mass of fans for Broken Social Scene to get on stage and start working their magic.



     Broken Social Scene came onstage in what seemed like years but was only approximately an hour after Land of Talk finished playing. They started off subtly, with an instrumental number of “Capture The Flag” and skyrocketed from there. Their blending of one song right into another really added to the positive musical experience the crowd was having, including myself. They played a mixture of a lot of their songs from the many albums they have put out such as: Broken Social Scene, Bee Hives, Feel Good Lost, To Be You And Me EP, and You Forgot It In People.

     In the middle of their show, they tried out another small experiment for the audience to partake in. One of the many twenty-something and more people that have played in this band at various periods of time during their musical careers stepped up to the mic and declared what was going to happen next. He



relayed to the crowd that we were going to listen to his neighbor talking about the subject of “happiness” and then after this, one of the saxophone players was going to imitate this old woman's voice with his instrument. This whole event was purely comical in my mind, and had me laughing to tears by the end of the last note the saxophonist breathed out. The mood of the crowd as well as the musicians onstage was so light, yet everyone knew that there was a deeper meaning to this so-thought “simple” experimentation. The meaning was that happiness was essential to human life, that the point of life would be totally meaningless if we didn't have some tiny ray of happiness in our journey, we as people, call existence.

     The whole concert lasted about two-and-a-half hours, which was definitely more than I had bargained for. So the duration of this show left me more than satisfied. The performance was above exceptional as well. Although, I would have loved to have seen the lead singer from the band Feist, Leslie Feist, sing a couple of Broken Social Scene songs, Elizabeth Powell, from Land of Talk, played Feist's role very, very well. I actually liked Powell's singing more when she played with Broken Social Scene than with her own band. Her voice when she played with Land of Talk seemed to me to be sort of whiney, yet when she played with B.S.S., there was a definite maturity to her sound and tone that I couldn't hear with her own Canadian-originated band.

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