This band of art-rock Canadians will storm into Singapore later this month for another night of acoustic multi-instrumental tickling at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Drummer Justin Peroff talks about living up to the hype.
This is your second gig in Singapore. What are you looking forward to and dreading the most about coming back here.
I suppose the only thing I really dread about the trip would be the length of the flight. Otherwise I am looking forward to many things. The fans we played for the last time were more than gracious—it was overwhelming. We hope to explore more of Singapore this time around. There really wasn't much time at all. Surely it has a lot to offer!
Your latest album has received great reviews. In most of them, the reviewer can't help but compare with You Forgot It In People. Does this frustrate you?
Well there's a saying, "You're only as good as the last thing you created." Well we've created several things since You Forgot It In People but some people just can't seem to let go of that one. All kidding aside though, we suppose it's because sonically, Forgiveness ... is a departure from the other two studio records largely due to the producer we chose. We have no qualms. I'm happy to talk about any or all of our records.
Nothing about your band seems predictable or formulaic, do things just naturally work out for you or is it harder than it looks?
Well from a songwriting perspective, if your mission is to write a kick-ass song while depending on luck to do so, that’s just not being realistic. I think more than anything ... we know what we don't want to do, as opposed to knowing what we want to do. If there was any formula for us at all, that's what it would be.
Finally, what new songs do you enjoy performing the most and which old ones must you play before taking your leave?
We enjoy playing all of our catalogue. Every single bit of it. Isn't that the way it should be?
Catch Broken Social Scene on July 27, 7:30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets at $40-100.