Canadian art-rock collective Broken Social Scene is coming to the Bay Area at the beginning of next month for two shows on Oct 1: One at the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, and one at the not-free Fillmore.
But while we've grown used to seeing this band tour with reasonable regularity -- BSS played the Fillmore once in spring 2010 and played again at the Treasure Island Music Festival -- these upcoming shows might be fans' last chance to see it live for a very long while.
According to an interview that band member Kevin Drew gave to Pitchfork, Broken Social Scene is planning on taking an indefinite hiatus after the upcoming shows.
Drew allows that his band has claimed many "last shows" -- and none of them have been it so far. And he doesn't say Broken Social Scene is breaking up. Rather, the band members plan to concentrate on other projects and parts of their lives. Drew seems to be sending a message that the Fillmore show on Oct. 1 might be it for a significant period of time:
While we were on the road, we kept saying we would stop, but we just kept going. But now's the time, because there are other projects that people want to pursue, and we feel that we've done what we wanted to do. I think we've really gone as far as we can with playing these tunes. It comes down to Kenny Rogers: "You got to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em."
This is understandable, if a little sad. Still, the Fillmore show sounds pretty cool: The band is planning both a "mellow session" and a "loud session," and while megastar Feist and the Metric crew won't be in attendance, Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars will. Also playing with Broken Social Scene at the Fillmore will be Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock. So even this is the last time we see the BSS crew together for a while, it looks like they're going to go out with a bang.