Broken Social Scene have released their first new song in seven years. Called Halfway Home and taken from an as yet untitled new album, the song follows the band’s deservedly acclaimed 2010 album Forgiveness Rock Record. The song features vocals from Kevin Drew, Feist, Brendan Canning, and new addition to the band Ariel Engle.
“It’s been 17 years together as a band, and you just pick up where you left off,” band leader Kevin Drew said on US radio station Sirius XMU after the track’s premiere. “We’ve been working on this album on and off for the last year, and we thought that, since we’re an anthemic band, we wanted to bring the celebration with this first song.
“We wanted this to be unity, and we wanted this record to be all of us. And that’s what it is. At this time and in the state of the world as it is, the one thing we knew we could do is come back as friends,” he continued. “It was important for all of us to come together because it’s the only thing we can politically do at this moment in time.
Broken Social Scene performed Halfway Home live for the first time on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The performance included band members Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Ariel Engel, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, David French and Dave Hodge. Check out that performance HERE, or listen to the official audio below.