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Toronto's Broken Social Scene recently detailed their first album in seven years, Hug Of Thunder, out July 7th, 2017 on their label Arts & Crafts. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and mixed by Shawn Everett, Hug Of Thunder includes contributions from all fifteen original members of Broken Social Scene, as well as new guest vocalist Ariel Engle.  Broken Social Scene with Belle Game will perform at the State Theatre of Ithaca on Saturday, September 16th.

The title track of the album was revealed Monday via Zane Lowe's show on Beats 1; click HERE to listen to it. Hug Of Thunder follows the release of the song Halfway Home, which the band performed to rapturous response on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at the end of March.

Broken Social Scene also announced their first full U.S. tour since 2011, partnering with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket goes towards providing access to arts education for young people in disadvantaged communities.

Hug Of Thunder is everything BSS fans love and then some, an album overflowing with glorious open chords, multi-voice harmonies, spacious psychedelia-tinted breakdowns, and more. It is a panoramic, expansive album that manages to be both epic and intimate; and like all things BSS, in troubled times, it offers a serotonin rush of positivity.

Hug Of Thunder is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. And if you've ever fallen in love with Broken Social Scene it is a perfect return that was truly worth the wait.