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VFTA: ‘View From The Afternoon’ Introduction

Sometimes, when a band release a new album, the very fabric of your passion for them is tested. Do you like their new material? Have they lost their way?

I don’t know about you, but I do this all the time. I find that listening back over the entire back catalogue of the band doesn’t just refresh and rekindle the appreciation that you initially built for them, but also allows you to track the band, or artists growth as they evolve through the music industry, and find their ‘sound’. And, if you’re lucky, you may even discover little treats in the albums that you didn’t hear before, woop!

Every week at Spotisfaction towers, I will atempt to rummage through an artist’s past albums and explore exactly where they’ve come from, and where they are heading, in a feature we’re calling ‘View From The Afternoon’. This will be fun, honest!

The name? After much deliberation and indecision over what such a feature could be called, View From The Afternoon was chosen. The title refers to the Arctic Monkeys track; the lyrics of which describe how perspectives of past events change in time, and alter with the benefit of hindsight. This is kind of what we are doing when we look back over a band’s past albums. We are judging their current musical state on the twists and turns that have taken place before, and can only now hold a true picture of their work as a whole.

Ok, so its a weak title, but until we think of something better, it stays, so there!

To kick off this glorious feature, we are dedicating a week to those quirky Canadian shoe gazers, Broken Social Scene, in honour of their upcoming live gig at Birmingham Academy on Saturday [Editor’s note: if you’re coming, let us know!].

I for one have never actually listened to the band before, or any of their work, so this week’s trawl through their back catalogue will be hugely beneficial for me. If you are already a fan, I hope the following reviews and opinions appear just, and that they help you fall in love with the band all over again, just in time for the gig.

We hope you enjoy these weekly journeys, and that they shine a light on your life somehow. Enjoy Broken Social Scene, and we’ll see you down the front!

Nuff said!