The Burdens of Being EPIC: Broken Social Scene Unleashing New Album May 4th

Oh, those pealing bells of joy you hear? No, no, it's not a wedding. It's almost better! On May 4th, 2010, Broken Social Scene will release the long-awaited follow-up to their 2005 self-titled record via Arts & Crafts. The as-yet-untitled album will sport not only the collective's current members, but also spots by Leslie Feist, Amy Milan and Evan Cranley (of Stars), Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw (of Metric), as well as many, many other recognizable folk (former BSS family and other independent stars of that stripe).

After the wide critical success of their Broken Social Scene Presents... series, BSS has been moving in a new direction, one characterized by "more cohesive, melody-driven compositions than previous BSS output". But the propulsion behind the new record remains (we've been assured), as grotesquely obvious and horrifically necessary as ever, mired perpetually in that shifty business we term love.

Also! In the name of spreading the aforementioned love, they're embarking on a summer tour (of love). Dates after the jump.

05.01.10 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05.03.10 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
05.07.10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05.13.10 London, UK @ Brixton Academy (w/ Pavement)
05.14.10 Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.17.10 London, UK @ Heaven
05.18.10 Amsterdam, NE @ Melkweg
05.19.10 Cologne, GR @ Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05.21.10 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
06.19.10 Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island (w/ Pavement, Band of Horses)

Suggestion: buy tickets early.

The Burdens of Being EPIC: Broken Social Scene Unleashing New Album May 4th