ABOUT THE BAND
Born in Westmount, to South African immigrants Roberts’ first band was William in 1993, that changed into Northstar in 1998. As William they put out a single, “The Piranha” in 1996 while as Northstar they released a self-titled EP in 1998 but never got a major record contract and broke up in 1999.
After disbanding Northstar, Roberts recorded a twelve track demo, “Brother Down” which formed the basis for the EP, The Inhuman Condition released in 2002. Recorded with Jordan Zadorozny, Roberts “recorded a song a day” Roberts signed with Secret Weapon Management and began to perform live. With the assistance of Linda Bush at Universal he signed a record contract with MapleMusic Recordings. The released the six track EP culled from the demo with Roberts noting that “it is not something I had intended to be my first real foray into the music world but I couldn’t turn my back on such a chance”. It included two breakthrough singles, “Brother Down” (released in mid-2002) and “Don’t Walk Away Eileen” (released in late 2002) were heavily promoted in the Canadian market.
Signing with Universal Music, he released his debut album We Were Born in a Flame in June 2003, with the singles “Where Have All the Good People Gone?” and “Hard Road” garnering success in the Canadian market.
Robert’s second album, Chemical City, was released in April 2006, with the first single “The Gate” topping as a #1 hit on Canadian radio. The second single, “Bridge to Nowhere”, won the Juno Award for Video of the Year in 2007. The third single released on Canadian radio, “With a Bullet”, received little critical acclaim and no video for it was released.
Roberts’ third album, Love at the End of the World, released in May 2008, debuted at #1 on the Canadian album chart a first for Roberts. The lead single, “Them Kids”, debuted on iTunes on March 4, 2008.
Roberts released his fourth studio album, Collider, on May 10, 2011. It is the first album under the moniker “Sam Roberts Band” instead of “Sam Roberts”. The first single, “I Feel You” was officially released to Canadian radio on February 28, with an iTunes Canada release of March 8.
On November 20, 2013, Roberts announced the release of next album, Lo-Fantasy, which was released by Paper Bag Records on February 11, 2014. Sam Roberts’ Band released Counting the Days EP on April 18, 2015.
Their sixth regular studio album, Terraform, was released October 28, 2016. On September 12, 2016, a North-American tour was announced to promote their new album.
Terraform was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2017 Juno awards.