Unplugged London: 7th Annual Concert for Kids Charities

iVision & ScotiaMecleod Present:

Unplugged London: 7th Annual Concert for Kids Charities

Sam Roberts

Thu, October 8, 2015

6:30 pm

$50.00 - $100.00

Sam Roberts
Canadian singer/songwriter/bandleader Sam Roberts has returned with his third full-length, Love At Then End Of The World. Produced by Joseph Donovan and Roberts himself, and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith), it encompasses all the great rock hooks, riffs, and insightful lyrics that are the touchstones of Sam Roberts' sound.

His previous albums, We Were Born in a Flame (2003), and Chemical City (2006) both earned Roberts stateside raves. Esquire called him the "best live frontman in music." The Boston Globe hailed him as "a classic rocker in an indie-rock world," while AllMusic.com called Chemical City "a classic rock album for the modern age." Sam and his band have performed on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Last Call with Carson Daly. Outlets like USA Today, The LA Times, and The Washington Post all sang Roberts' praises.

Critics are equally in love with Roberts in his native Canada, as is the general public. Roberts' debut EP became the best-selling independent release in Canadian history. His first full album scored three Juno Awards, and his latest, Love At The End Of The World, debuted at #1 there.

The Sam Roberts Band has earned its reputation live as well as on record, touring extensively in support of Chemical City. They are poised to hit the road again for an extended U.S. tour the day Love at the End of the World hits the shelves. As Jonathan Perry of The Boston Globe notes, Sam performs "with such focused energy and urgency, it sounds as if his very life depends on it."

This record was written and recorded between January and October 2007 in our hometown of Montreal, Canada. For our previous albums, we traveled far and wide – from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Africa, to Byron Bay, Australia – feeling that the further we got away from home, the easier the inspiration for new songs was going to strike.

The original plan for Love At The End Of The World was to record it on a houseboat while floating down the Ganges. As it turned out, my wife and I had our first child, a little girl, at the beginning of 2007 and so instead, this became the first album we made in Montreal. As a songwriter, this forced me to reexamine the place I had known and lived in all my life with a different lens, looking under rocks I would otherwise have passed right on by. I wanted to try to see clearly the ways in which people had figured out to coexist in the tight quarters of the city streets. To reveal the friction and the tension which try to pull us apart, but also the moments of peace and redemption, defying the odds and keeping us all together.

This is what Love At The End Of The World struggles with, right from the first note – how we push ourselves to the edge of the precipice, hell-bent on self-destruction, only to glance to each side and see that we are not alone, that the capacity for love exists in all of us, and can save us.
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1

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