Sam Roberts Band
Sam Roberts is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, based in Montreal, Quebec. His 2001 debut release, The Inhuman Condition became one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history.
Born in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, he attended Loyola High School and McGill University. Roberts formed the band William in 1993. The band’s name was changed to Northstar in 1996. Although the band gained some notice in independent rock circles, they couldn’t break through to a national audience, and broke up in the late 1990s. Roberts’ bandmate George Donoso went on to significant success in indie rock circles with The Dears, but Roberts struggled for several years afterward.
In 2000 Roberts began his solo career by independently releasing his first studio album, Brother Down. The album was largely unsuccessful but the title track would later go on to be re-recorded and re-released on a six-song EP titled The Inhuman Condition. The EP sold slowly at first, but by the summer of 2002 Roberts was all over the Canadian airwaves: his first single “Brother Down” had become one of the biggest Canadian hits of the year, and the follow up single “Don’t Walk Away Eileen” quickly followed suit.
Roberts then signed to Universal Music, releasing his full-length debut, We Were Born In A Flame, in 2003. That album’s singles, “Where Have All the Good People Gone?”, “Hard Road”, “Brother Down” and “Don’t Walk Away Eileen”, became major hits, especially in Canada.
The band’s album Chemical City, produced with Joseph Donovan and released on April 11, 2006, got major radio play in Canada after its release, especially the single “The Gate”. In 2008 the band released Love at the End of the World, which included the song “Them Kids” that reached #1 on the Canadian indie chart (the R3-30), and also #1 on CFNY’s Thursday 30 chart. In 2011 they released Collider, that debuted at #3 on the Canadian Album Chart.
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Sam Roberts Band at Echo Beach on July 26, 2012
Marianas Trench lead the way with 7 MMVA nominationsLast night, Much Music announced the nominees for the 2012 Much Music Video Awards, shining a light on Vancouver angst-pop band Marianas Trench, who logged 7 nominations. Both Hedley and Drake trailed the Trench with 5 nominations, while the Bieber-affiliated Carly Rae Jepsen and douche-rockers Down With Webster nabbed 4 nominations each. Justin Bieber scored a pair of nominations for his "Boyfriend" video, and Toronto Polaris-core rockers Fucked Up even earned a nomination for MuchLOUD Rock Video Of The Year.
SiriusXM announces winning communities for Face the MusicAfter keeping you on the edge of your seat for many moons/a few days, the winning communities for the Sirius Face the Music concert series have finally been determined, and it's only fair that we share with you the results. So without further adieu, this is where the four Face the Music Summer Concert Series are going to take place: 1) Winning community: Telkwa, BC (concert to be held at Fall Fairgrounds in Smithers, BC) Bands: Sam Roberts Band and The Trews When: August 11, 2011 2) Winning community: Sault Ste. Marie, ON (concert to be held at Essar Centre) Bands: Broken Social Scene and Bedouin Soundclash When: August 17, 2011 3) Winning community: Sussex, NB (concert to be held at the Moncton Coliseum) Bands: City and Colour and k-os When: August 19, 2011 4) Winning community: Baie-Comeau, QC (concert to be held at Baie-Comeau Theatre) Bands: Marie-Mae and Alfa Rococo When: August 26, 2011 But remember that Sirius XM subscribers and local game participants will be invited to these exclusive gigs, a number of select promotional tickets will also be made available to area residents. Even better? A grand prize consisting of a trip for two to attend the concert of the winner's choice, spending money and a Sirius Satellite Radio with subscription will be given to the individual player with the highest score, with nine secondary prizes going to the runners up. So congratulations to the winning communities! Pat yourselves on the back, and accept the collective praise from all attendees who will be treated to some fantastic jams courtesy of your musical knowledge. (Who says being a music snob is a bad thing?)
Sam Roberts Band announce release of new album, ColliderCanadian crusaders the Sam Roberts Band have just announced the release of their fourth album, Collider, set for a May 10 release via Zoë/Rounder Records, almost three years after Love At the End of the World. Collider welcomes Califone percussionist Ben Massarella and "woodwind wizard" Stuart Bogie into the works, who, according to the press release, have done more than "just firing up the band's funkiness," while Land of Talk front woman Elizabeth Powell joins in on vocals for "Longitude." The album was produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse/Iron and Wine). Nothing to hear yet, but the band's website assures us that the first single "I Feel You" will be hitting us any day now.