BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE RELEASE PSYCHEDELIC AI-GENERATED VIDEO FOR “CAN’T FIND MY HEART”

IN COLLABORATION WITH ALEX MORDVINTSEV, AI PIONEER & CREATOR OF GOOGLE’S DEEPDREAM

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PERFORMING AT TRANS-PECOS FESTIVAL IN MARFA AND CORONA CAPITAL IN MEXICO CITY

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Today, Broken Social Scene have shared the psychedelic official video for their anthemic single “Can’t Find My Heart.” Directed by Josh Usheroff, the visually-captivating video features an endless vortex of performance footage run through a series of style transfers and surreal artificial intelligence-created textures. This cutting-edge approach was developed in collaboration with Alex Mordvintsev, a pioneer in neural network generated visuals and creator of Google’s DeepDream.

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“I am fascinated by the changes that AI and machine learning are bringing to all aspects of our culture. I wanted to see how this technology was being used in more creative disciplines,” explains Usheroff. “I started researching generative art and came across a video by Alex Mordvintsev. The video featured a series of still images zooming and transforming into one another. The results were mesmerizing.”

Usheroff approached Mordvintsev about creating a similar effect with video instead of stills and the concept was set. Broken Social Scene connected with Usheroff and his creative  treatment through Genero, a creative platform that connects artists with a network of directors and filmmakers.

“We captured the performance visuals in Montreal just a few hours before the band’s concert. My creative partner, Ben Goloff, sequenced the performances and applied style transfers to give the images a surreal and almost painterly aesthetic. We then sent the files to Alex to work his DeepDream magic.”

Alex describes the technical process as follows: “The video effect is based on combining neural artistic style transfer with a zooming feedback loop. I gradually inject each new video clip into the mix, while simultaneously steering the global image style. Each video segment is a continuation of the previous, so I couldn't generate them all in parallel. Thus, I decided to use "fast" feed-forward version of style transfer to be able to iterate quickly on the sequence, incorporating the feedback I was provided from Josh and Ben.”

LISTEN TO LET’S TRY THE AFTER VOL 1 & 2

In 2017, after a 7 year hiatus, Broken Social Scene released Hug Of Thunder bringing together all 17 original members including Feist and Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw. The critically-acclaimed album saw the collective exploring new ground while maintaining the dynamics that have made Broken Social Scene one of the most beloved indie bands of the 21st century. 

Pledging to taking less time off between albums, the band followed Hug Of Thunder with two 5-song EPs in 2019 titled Let’s Try The After Vol 1 & 2. The EPs were praised by Rolling Stone as being “full of emotional crescendos and soothing washes of melody that remind you to be grateful that Broken Social Scene are once again a going concern,” while Pitchfork reflected that such “forceful beauty—a sense of indefinable, life-affirming ecstasy—is practically woven into Broken Social Scene’s DNA.”

“The theme is to continue,” says BSS co-founder Kevin Drew. “Sickness, suicide, uprise, love, death, betrayal, hurt, joy, sex, communication, battles and  divisions … Let's just get to their after and start building again.”

TOUR DATES
September 28th - Marfa, TX - Trans-Pecos Festival of Love and Music [Tickets]
November 17th - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital [Tickets


ABOUT GENERO
Arts & Crafts partnered with Genero to find a novel idea to interpret this classically anthemic Broken Social Scene single. The response from filmmakers around the world was astounding and teeming with brilliant ideas. We ended up collaborating with a Canadian team which included the ground-breaking Google engineer who developed the psychedelic technology you see in the video. Having access to this massive network of filmmakers meant we were able to create something really unique with a team we would never have been able to find otherwise. - Cameron Reed, Marketing Director, Arts & Crafts

Broken Social Scene personifies the ever-evolving, experimental and pioneering spirit of independent music. As a cutting-edge tech and creative company, we take inspiration from the band's indie swagger. And as fans of their music, we were thrilled to work with Broken Social Scene to facilitate their collaboration with a creative team that they'd have otherwise never found. We love creating music videos that push the limits of creativity and expression and giving our global creative network these great opportunities.

Mark Roemer, Client Director, North America - Genero 

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BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE ANNOUNCE LET’S TRY THE AFTER - VOL 2, SHARE NEW SINGLE

LISTEN AND SHARE “CAN’T FIND MY HEART” HERE

LETS TRY THE AFTER - VOL 2 OUT APRIL 12 VIA ARTS AND CRAFTS

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Following the release of February’s Let’s Try The After - Vol 1, Broken Social Scene are thrilled to announce a companion EP, entitled Let’s Try The After - Vol 2, which will be released on Arts & Crafts on April 12th, 2019. The second EP’s first song, “Can’t Find My Heart,” can be heard now.

“The theme is to continue,” says BSS co-founder Kevin Drew. “Sickness, suicide, uprise, love, death, betrayal, hurt, joy, sex, communication, battles and  divisions … Let's just get to their after and start building again. How do we do it within the isolation of self prescribe empty popularity? How does the ego revolt? How does the heart win? Can it? Maybe after we will find out.”

LISTEN AND SHARE “CAN’T FIND MY HEART” HERE

Broken Social Scene is less a rock band than an embodiment of an ideal of music.  The collective can be 17 musicians, brought together in search of a common goal – a unique clearing house for many of Canada’s most talented musicians – or Broken Social Scene can be the smallest, most intimate affair. Their two new EPs, Lets Try the After Vols 1 and 2, celebrate every facet of their creativity. Much like the songs on Vol 1, the tracks on Vol 2 are nakedly emotional, celebrating life in all its complexities – and which also, by extension, celebrate the very act of carrying on, for Broken Social Scene as a band and for us in a fractured world.  The EPs exhibit the band’s tremendous gift for pop that refuses to sit still, that combines experimentation and melody.

 Both EPs will be packaged on vinyl and released exclusively for Record Store Day 2019 on April 13th. Check participating stores for details.  

Broken Social Scene recently knocked the socks off SXSW with eight tremendous shows, one of which featured a special appearance from Maggie Rogers on their seminal track “Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl”. Click HERE to see a clip of it. They also performed their Indie-classic You Forgot It In The People at the Arts & Crafts showcase.

The band will be adding two shows in London to their already announced residencies in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Montreal. They will also be playing select festivals throughout Europe this summer.  All tour dates are below.

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TOUR DATES
April 24 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON *SOLD OUT*
April 25 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
May 16 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
May 17 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
May 21 - Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
May 22 - Corona Theatre - Montreal QC
June 05 - The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
June 06 - The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
July 29 - The Neptune - Seattle, WA
July 30 - The Neptune - Seattle, WA
Aug 9th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Amager Bio
Aug 10th – Sweden, Way Out West Festival
Aug 12th – Hungary, Sziget Festival
Aug 16th – UK, Green Man Festival
Aug 19th – UK, London Hackney Earth
Aug 20th – UK, London Hackney Earth

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LET’S TRY THE AFTER - VOL 2 TRACKLIST
01 Memory Lover
02 Can’t Find My Heart
03 Big Couches
04 Let’s Try The After
05 Wrong Line

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BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE TO PERFORM YOU FORGOT IT IN PEOPLE AT ARTS & CRAFTS SXSW SHOWCASE

FULL SXSW SCHEDULE FEATURING UNIQUE SET LISTS AT EVERY SHOW

PERFORMING IN TORONTO (APR 24+25) AND MONTREAL (MAY 21+22)

RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE ANNOUNCED

WATCH / LISTEN TO THEIR RECENT PERFORMANCE ON LIVE FROM HERE WITH CHRIS THILE

PURCHASE / STREAM LET’S TRY THE AFTER - VOL 1 HERE

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It’s been a busy start to 2019 for Broken Social Scene. The collective released their new EP, Let's Try The After Vol. 1 in February and soon after announced a series of residencies in Toronto, New York, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Today, they share a full slate of SXSW shows, including a very special performance of their 2002 classic, You Forgot It In People, performed in its entirety at the Arts & Crafts showcase. Full SXSW schedule can be found below.

This past weekend, Broken Social Scene performed on Live From Here With Chris Thile in Minneapolis, bringing in Prince’s legendary, long-time horn section The Hornheads to perform with them.

WATCH / LISTEN TO THEIR RECENT PERFORMANCE ON LIVE FROM HERE WITH CHRIS THILE

Let’s Try The After - Vol 1 is out now. The EP follows 2017’s Hug of Thunder, which saw the collective exploring new ground while maintaining the awesome dynamics that have made Broken Social Scene one of the most beloved indie bands of the last fifteen years. "Such forceful beauty—a sense of indefinable, life-affirming ecstasy—is practically woven into Broken Social Scene’s DNA at this point," said Pitchfork. "And Let’s Try the After is proof that their genetic makeup is as complicatedly pure as ever." Last week it was announced that a forthcoming Broken Social Scene release is to be expected on Record Store Day. More details to be announced soon.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “BOYFRIENDS” HERE

For their upcoming residencies, Broken Social Scene has once again partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every U.S. ticket will go to support Youth Speaks, who provide life changing arts programs for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth across the country. For Canada, BSS has partnered with MusicCounts so that $1 from every ticket will go towards putting musical instruments into the hands of kids who need them most.

TOUR DATES
April 24 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON *SOLD OUT*
April 25 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
May 16 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
May 17 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
May 21 - Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
May 22 - Corona Theatre - Montreal QC
June 05 - The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
June 06 - The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
July 29 - The Neptune - Seattle, WA
July 30 - The Neptune - Seattle, WA

FULL SXSW SCHEDULE

Mar 12
4pm – FloodFest at Cedar St. Courtyard (208 W 4th St.) - with Big Boi, Goodie Mobb, White Denim
11pm – KCRW showcase at Elysium (705 Red River St.)

Mar 14
6pm – Culture Collide w/ Doc Martens at Container Bar (90 Rainey St.)
11pm – Arts & Crafts Showcase, performing “You Forgot It In People” at Bungalow (92 Rainey St.)

Mar 15
2pm – NPR Presents at the Convention Center (500 E. Cesar Chavez St.)
8pm – SxSanJose Hotel San Jose Parking Lot (1316 S. Congress Ave.)

Mar 16
5pm – Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion at The Scoot Inn (1308 E. 4th St.) - with Strand of Oaks


A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST ON LET’S TRY THE AFTER - VOL 1

The ceremony of dying generations without any guidelines for how to move forward makes
these times easy for the mirror wars to continue.
We can hide in the beauty of what has been stolen from us because somewhere there is mystery in not knowing.
How can the ruined survive without a back up plan?
Let’s try the after.

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