Broken Social Scene, the Canadian indie rock collective that helped launch the solo careers of Feist, Jason Collett and Metric’s Emily Haines, has been on indefinite hiatus since 2011. Now, the on-again off-again band has revealed they’ll be reuniting to headline the A&C Field Trip Music Festival, celebrating 10th anniversary of the band’s Canadian label Arts & Crafts — and that isn’t the extent of their plans.
“Deathcock” is the first track the band recorded together, and we’re premiering this polished version for the first time courtesy of a new compilation of rarities, aptly titled Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013. It gets better: We’re giving away a free MP3 download of the track, too.
“‘Deathcock,’ originally titled ‘Mourir,’ was the first recording we did together as a band with David Newfeld. Dave was making a record called Pet Songs and asked if we’d contribute to his project,” the band tells Spinner. “It was Justin Peroff who initially brought us together as he felt Dave and BSS would be a great collaboration. The song was written and recorded in one day with at least 10 BSS members present and in town for the session. It was after this session we knew we had to work with Dave. The sounds that he got, the vibe he created at this studio, and his understanding of the band all pointed to YES.”
While we’re at it, you can also enjoy a full stream of the album here. The stereotype about Canadians being super nice holds true once again.