Ian Sweet Releases New Cover of Broken Social Scene’s “Anthems for a Seventeen Year‐Old Girl”: Listen


Ian Sweet is following her 2023 album, Sucker, with a new cover of Broken Social Scene’s “Anthems for a Seventeen Year‐Old Girl.” Listen to the track, and find Ian Sweet’s upcoming tour dates, below.

In a lengthy press statement, Ian Sweet mastermind Jilian Medford said:

Broken Social Scene’s music has always felt like the equivalent of a hug, and I think at some point everyone has to have *that* moment with “Anthems for a Seventeen Year‐Old Girl.” Or maybe you have it more than once. This song hits different for me now than it did when I was actually 17, and I imagine it’ll hit a little different each year I get further away from that version of myself. It so poignantly nails the difficulty of trying to exist within the moment of being a teenager while you’re simultaneously looking towards the inevitable transitions looming on the horizon. You want to cry… and you should cry.

Simply put: It. Fucking. Crushes.

And even though covering someone else’s work is weird and strange and almost always feels like perhaps it shouldn’t be done, I’m willing to say effusively that I never want to escape this song. With this small act, perhaps now I can’t! The original is essential, other covers have taken it to amazing places as well, and now I’ve recorded my version hoping a few more people will get to shout the lyrics at the top of their lungs and FEEL FUCKING INCREDIBLE doing so. Here’s hoping a thousand more artists do the same and that this song just never dies.

Ian Sweet’s “Anthems for a Seventeen Year‐Old Girl” cover follows a recent version of the You Forgot It in People song by Yeule.

Revisit the 2021 feature “The Dream-Pop Transcendence of Ian Sweet.”

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Ian Sweet: Live!

Ian Sweet:

05-03 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress %
05-04 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern %
05-10 Los Angeles, CA – Brain Dead Studios
05-11 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel %
05-16 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom %
05-18 Seattle, WA – Showbox %
05-30 Boston, MA – Royale Boston #
06-01 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #
06-10 Richmond, VT – Broadberry Theatre #
06-12 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West #
06-16 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club #
06-18 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street #
06-19 Buffalo, NY – Electric City #
06-21 Portland, ME – Portland House of Music #
06-22 Round Top, NY – Glen Falls House #
10-13 Berlin, Germany – Prachtwerk
10-14 Brussels, Belgium – Le Botanique
10-15 Paris, France – Supersonic
10-16 Rotterdam, Netherlands – Left of the Dial
10-22 London, England – The Lexington

% with Caroline Rose
# with Nation of Language