Broken Social Scene are a Juno Award winning Canadian indie rock supergroup, a musical collective currently including nineteen members, formed in 1999 by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. All of its members currently play in various other groups and solo projects, mainly based around the city of Toronto. The group's sound could be considered a combination of all of its members' respective musical projects, and is usually identified as baroque pop. It is characterized by a very large number of sounds, grand orchestrations featuring guitars, horns, woodwinds, and violins, unusual song structures, and an experimental, and sometimes chaotic production style from David Newfeld.
Kevin Drew is a Canadian musician and songwriter who, together with Brendan Canning, founded the expansive Toronto baroque-pop collective Broken Social Scene. He was also part of the lesser-known KC Accidental, which consisted of Drew and Charles Spearin, another current member of Broken Social Scene. He is currently dating fellow Broken Social Scene member and solo artist Leslie Feist.
Kevin attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts, along with Metric's Emily Haines and Stars's Amy Millan, where he studied drama.
Spirit If... is the debut solo album by Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew. It was released on September 18, 2007. The album is the first in a series entitled Broken Social Scene Presents:, with each album in the series being a particular member's solo efforts, assisted by fellow Broken Social Scene members. Brendan Canning's album Something for All of Us, the second in the series, was released in 2008.
Spirit If... was recorded with Ohad Benchetrit and Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene. The tracklisting, album cover, as well as an mp3 download for the song "Tbtf" (an initialism for "Too Beautiful to Fuck" ) were released on June 19, 2007. Spirit If... reached #113 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Top Heatseekers. "Backed Out on the..." was #33 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007 and 99th on Pitchfork Media's list, and #1 on The R3-30 for the week of December 20, 2007.
1. "Farewell to the Pressure Kids" - 5:49
2. "Tbtf" - 3:51
3. "F-ked Up Kid" - 5:09
4. "Safety Bricks" - 4:27
5. "Lucky Ones" - 6:44
6. "Broke Me Up" - 4:24
7. "Gang Bang Suicide" - 6:22
8. "Frightening Lives" - 6:12
9. "Underneath the Skin" - 0:46
10. "Big Love" - 3:19
11. "Backed Out on the..." - 4:16
12. "Aging Faces / Losing Places" - 4:31
13. "Bodhi Sappy Weekend" - 4:29
14. "When It Begins" - 5:01