Something quite wonderful happened at Metropolis last Saturday. Sam Roberts Band played their final show of the Lo-Fantasy tour in Montreal, making it an electric homecoming performance. Throughout his Lo-Fantasy tour there was no better place to see Sam Roberts than on his own turf. The lineup – featuring openers Receivers and The High Dials – consisted of all Montrealers as well.
Sam Roberts Band hit the stage breaking into back to back hits from their latest release Lo-Fantasy – the playful pop single “Shapeshifters” and the power-pop “Human Heat”. From the beginning the concert had its fair share of highs and lows which can be expected sometimes, however, it seemed as though it was attributable to a poor set list arrangement. For instance, Sam Roberts Band (and the concert) could have benefited by starting off with “Human Heat” a more power-packed hit which would have set the tone for the rest of the performance. In other parts of the evening the fan favourite “Where Have All The Good People Gone?” clashed with the flat “Golden Hour”, while a soulful “Detroit 67” was strongly affected by an unmemorable “Let It In”. Still, the Canadian singer poured his heart out.
The band then moved into some older material towards the end of their performance, shining light on crowd pleasers like the energetic “Them Kids” and “Brother Down”, the single which brought SRB into Canadian stardom, both which were carried out exceptionally well. Sam Roberts also offered up a noteworthy, bilingual rendition of “No Sleep” off We Were Born In A Flame.
Finishing off a set of close to two hours, Roberts dove deep into an extended psychedelic “Mind Flood”, which featured a lengthy jam session. Missing in action were some exceptional works of art, namely “Don’t Walk Away Eileen”.
The atmosphere was irrefutably electric. Being a veteran in this business, the pride from the gifted Sam Roberts Band was undeniable, especially during several points in the evening where Roberts jumped down of the stage to acknowledge the fans. It was impossible to ignore the strong sense of appreciation emanating from Sam Roberts most certainly due to the devotion of his fans and for their openness to allow Roberts to explore new musical directions. He embraces the city which gave everything to him and he’s always eager to let it be known.
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Review by Sean Carlin | @seancarlin89