The funny thing about Canadian bands is that they always find their way across the border and into Buffalo, whether it’s on our airwaves or in our venues. And we certainly welcome them. One of the area's favorite's is the Sam Roberts Band, fronted by the titular man himself.
Hailing from Quebec, Roberts has been in the game for awhile, with his first EP, “The Inhuman,” dating back to 2001. That EP went gold in Canada and put Roberts on the map. Since then, he’s put out records under his own name as well as with his band, and it’s with them that Roberts will hit the Town Ballroom for two nights on Dec. 1 and 2.
Roberts is an interesting artist in the sense that he doesn’t fall into any one category. His early work oozes the laid-back alternative-acoustic style of the early 2000’s, but his later releases with his band, including his newest record, “TerraForm,” hit all sorts of notes. His new style is about really groovy rock songs and even some notes of electronic music.
The one thing that hasn’t changed over time is Roberts voice, which is pleasant and very melodic. He definitely gives off the vibe of an artist who cut his teeth in the early part of the last decade, but his longevity is certainly a testament to his songwriting ability. After lending his band to Edgefest earlier this year, it’s good to have a versatile artist for fans of lighter indie and alternative fare as well as some harder edged material back in Buffalo.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for both shows at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $26.50 for the Dec. 1 show; the Dec. 2 concert is sold out (box office, ticketfly.com).