The Orange Peel + Broken Social Scene = Yes

The Orange Peel + Broken Social Scene = Yes image

Indie rock legends Broken Social Scene popped into Asheville last Thursday night along with lively openers The Belle Game. As usual, the vibes in the Orange Peel were mellow but there was a definite excitement in the air. I mean after all, one of the biggest acts ever was about to take the stage. You could feel the energy all around the floor as the crowd was gearing up for what would be one of the most solid musical nights of the entire year.

Openers The Belle Game are a crush pop band hailing from wonderful Vancouver, British Columbia. Their sound is ethereal and poppy while maintaining a seriously amazing sincerity. Their stage performance was impressive and genuinely enjoyable to be a part of. Everyone in the band was dancing and seemed to be having the time of their lives. They let the crowd know what a thrill it was for them being able to open up for idols like Broken Social Scene and played us a few more songs before they headed backstage.

After a brief intermission for beers and giddy conversation, it was time for the main event. The band was ready to blow our minds. When it comes to quality and longevity in the music industry, there truthfully aren't many acts that have Broken Social Scene beat. The Toronto-based group has had many members throughout the decades, but their quality of work has remained the same and their fans absolutely loves them for it. You can always count on these guys to bring the good stuff every single time, and this show was definitely a reflection of that.

The band played crowd favorites like “Cause = Time” but also made room for some sentimental ballads like “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl”. The setlist was honestly one of the most satisfying ones of the year. The sheer number of performers on stage at one time was impressive, but when you realize that each one of these performers are geniuses in their own right, thats when the joy of this band really hits you. 

As expected the band really delivered their best and left the crowd wanting more, even with the generous performance that they all provided us. They thanked us all for supporting their work and humbly made their way to the back of the venue. It's a good thing they said they loved Asheville so much, because they better come back soon!

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All photos by Holden Mesk of Asheville Music Guide