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Sam Roberts gives Malkin Bowl crowd a crash course with Collider, classic hits

Published in the Vancouver Sun May 28, 2011


With six Juno Awards, gold and platinum records, and enough shaggy lumberjack hair to make women squeal for the past eight years, it’s safe to say the Sam Roberts Band is quickly becoming a Canadian music staple.

It all started with Roberts’ 2003 record We Were Born In A Flame. Before long, the five-piece group from Montreal took a Bridge To Nowhere and ended up somewhere grand. Today, some might argue that they’re the end slice in the Can-rock loaf of bread that consists of rock greats such as The Tragically Hip, Sloan and Blue Rodeo. The Sam Roberts Band has graduated from indie popularity to standard pop-rock sustenance, cropping up on festival circuits everywhere and dancing on radio waves like nobody’s watching.

But being that fringe slice of bread, the Sam Roberts Band hasn’t done much to prevent staleness with its latest offering, Collider. It’s been nearly three years since the group released new music, and Collider doesn’t add much freshness to their repertoire, or to the Canadian music scene in general.

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