This week along with headliners Belle & Sebastian, Kevin Drew was slated to play Civic Space Park welcomed by much anticipation due to the unique outdoor venue. As a result of potentially ruinous conditions in the forecast, concert promoters Stateside Presents moved the outdoor musical fête to the nearby Orpheum Theater. It’s a shame to postpone what could have been a magical evening spent under the giant mesh funnel, imperious over the modern landscape. Sidebar: The art installation is titled “Her Secret Is Patience.” Trust that the irony is not lost on me.
Drew plays front man to the oft-evolving roster of Canadian hipster darlings, Broken Social Scene. A short tally of rotating members include indie favorites Leslie Feist (Feist), Amy Millan (Stars), and Emily Haines (Metric). One of the joys of Broken Social Scene’s live shows is that guest appearances are never out of the question, and you will often find a large handful of members on stage utilizing a multitude of instruments. Not to mention Drew, along with BSS members Brendan Canning and Charles Spearin, form the small passion project known as KC Accidental, allowing for rare track performances. There is never a dull moment for these guys.
In 2011, Broken Social Scene declared an indefinite hiatus. However, in 2014 the band made a pithy return to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its record label, Arts and Crafts. It was during this hiatus that Drew put in work on his second solo effort, “Darlings” which was released in March of this year. His first go in 2007, “Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew’s Spirit If…” came off as, seemingly appropriate, more of a Broken Social Scene record with Drew’s name in lights. This time around, while I don’t feel it’s a complete departure from the band’s familiar sound, Drew definitely emanates on his own.
A prime trait of Drew’s material is his melodic, velvety voice and dense lyrics. On stage, he demonstrates his capacity to select pieces from a variety of studio albums, both collaborative and solo. Combined, this boasts his achievements and smacks of a versatile artist.