Broken Social Scene Share Crazy “Vanity Pail Kids” Video with a Singing Toilet and Floating Urinals

Hug of Thunder Out Now via Arts & Crafts, Video Directed by the Band's Kevin Drew

Jul 17, 2017
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Broken Social Scene released a new album, Hug of Thunder, a couple of weeks back via Arts & Crafts. Now they have shared a bonkers video for one of the album's highlights, "Vanity Pail Kids." The band's own Kevin Drew directed the clip, which stars a toilet who's trying to break into the music industry and starts with him trying to record a song with a frustrated producer who has a black plastic bag over his head (as do must humans in the video). At some point the toilet has a meeting with three mystical floating urinals in the desert. There are subtitles and references to Father John Misty singing about Taylor Swift on Saturday Night Live and Grizzly Bear hanging out with Ryan Gosling, and the whole thing seems to be about what it means to be successful in the music industry (does Kevin Drew feel like a toilet?) Watch it below and decide for yourself. Also below are the band's upcoming tour dates.

Broken Social Scene premiered a new song, "Halfway Home," in March and the next day the band stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the new single. Then they shared the album's title track, "Hug of Thunder," which features vocals from Feist, along with "Skyline" and "Stay Happy." The album also features longtime Broken Social Scene collaborators/members Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw and and Stars' Amy Milan and Evan Cranley. The full lineup for the new album is as follows: Kevin Drew, John Crossingham, Brendan Canning, Sam Goldberg, Charles Spearin, Ariel Engle, Justin Peroff, Leslie Feist, Andrew Whiteman, Emily Haines, Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, Jimmy Shaw, Lisa Lobsinger, David French, Ohad Benchetrit, and Jason Collett.

Read our review of Hug of Thunder.

Read our Album of the Week post on Hug of Thunder.

Broken Social Scene Tour Dates:

07-21-23-17     Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
08-05-17  Montreal, Quebec @ Osheaga
9/16/17  Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre ~
9/17/17  New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art festival
9/19/17  Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ~
9/21/17  Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel ~
9/22/17  Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *
9/24/17  St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
9/26/17  Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman *
9/27/17  Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
9/28/17  St. Paul, MN @ The Palace *
9/29/17  Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *
9/30/17  Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *
10/1/17  Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater *
10/3/17  Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/5/17  Portland, ME @ State Theater *
10/6/17  New Haven, CT @ College Street *
10/7/17  Boston, MA @ House of Blues  
10/21/17  Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ~
10/23/17  Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ~
10/24/17  Portland, WA @ Crystal Ballroom ~
10/26/17  Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater ~
10/28/17  Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern ~
11/1/17  Windsor, ON @ Family Credit Union #
11/3/17  Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #
11/4/17  Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #

~ - with The Belle Game
* - with Frightened Rabbit
# - with Arcade Fire 

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