After several years of being in and out of bands, Roberts had developed a unique yet wholly indie-rock style with hints of garage-blues and soul. Disbanding his project Northstar in 1999, he went solo. Roberts self-recorded and self-released two collections of songs--one of which, "The Inhuman Condition", quietly hit the shelves in 2001. Sales started gathering steam, and the next summer the EP was re-released with Maplemusic Recordings. Suddenly, Sam Roberts became a household name. With pure vocals, catchy riffs, and insightful lyrics, the album smashed Canadian records, becoming one of the best-selling indie releases of all time there. Roberts then stinted with Oasis and Tragically Hip, signed an international record deal, and put together a band. They've now released a total of five full-lengths, and all have been nominated and/or won Juno awards.
The latest from the Sam Roberts band was out just this May. Coming off the radio-friendly, rootsy "Love at the End of the World", they've been working on "Collider". It's full of ear-catching pop melodies, and features Califone percussionist Ben Massarella and Antibalas woodwind man Stuart Bogie. Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine), this album will no doubt create even more fans out of Sam Robert's unique rock.
The Last Crusade
Recent Release: Collider
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Band Origin: Montreal, Canada