July 13, 2006

There's a Heartbeat Missing in the City

Every week I want to have an entry about pop music, and since last week I made readers suffer through my rant about Nelly Furtado, I think I'll talk about one of my favourite bands.
This is Sam Roberts. He comes from Montreal.
He is a (very cute!) singer-songwriter. He has a band. It's called The Sam Roberts Band. No, not something pretentious that doesn't make sense to anyone outside of the band, and not one of the "The [insert plural noun here]" such as The Killers, The Hives, The Raconteurs, The Zutons, The Vines, The Raves or The Sums (haha, remember that old Sum 41 video?). Just The Sam Roberts Band. Like the old time bands I like, for ex. The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Anyway, Sam Robert's follow-up album to We were born in a flame, called Chemical City has been out for a couple months and the first two singles, The Gate and Bridge To Nowhere are already tearing up the charts. Unfortunately there are no good versions of the music videos on Youtube yet, so I can't have the player in this entry to force you to look at them, but you can watch high quality quicktime versions of them off of their website. You should watch them, if you haven't seen them already. Now.
Apart from the name, I love this band because Robert's lyrics are like songs from Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel or Joni Mitchell: they sound great even without the music, as if it was meant to be poetry. Not that I'm saying that Sam Roberts is at the same calibre as those guys. But it gives them the quality of intellect without seeming pretentious or unrelatable as some "snob appeal" bands these days. The Sam Roberts Band is not indie, it's major label, but since when did people decide that the only original music could come out of independent bands? The videos, as you can tell if you watch them are very stylish, although I realize that fact could be no fault of the band.
Last August, The Sam Roberts Band were supposed to give a nearly-free concert in Columbus field, but it got cancelled. Poo. I really hope they come to Halifax when I'm at Dal.

PS: There will probably not be any updates for the next couple of weeks because I will be somewhere within the confines of this red area.
If you don't know where that is, you seriously need a better Geography teacher. If you've already graduated from high school, go hang out with Pierre for a while. He probably knows more about the world (or at least its shapes) than most of the teachers at the Regional.

Posted by Cathy at July 13, 2006 10:15 AM