For the Sam Roberts Band, there’s been “a feeling of real optimism” this year as the Montreal group’s third album, “Love at the End of the World” — which features the hits “Them Kids” and “Detroit ‘67” — has started “to resonate with people south of the border,” according to frontman Roberts.
And nowhere is that more true than in Detroit, where the group played to a packed Saint Andrews Hall in February and closes out the year headlining this weekend’s 3rd Annual 93.9 The River Winter Icebreaker.
“The tour itself was just a really positive period for us,” says Roberts, 35. “Saint Andrews specifically was such a highlight for us. It was a real moment, I think, for everybody in the band and in the crowd. The positive vibes that we’d been getting from the people of Detroit ... that have been building up over the last few years seemed to culminate in that show.
“And since then, we’ve just been trying to figure out how to not just keep it going but take it to an even deeper level.”
Roberts and company will be pondering that issue as they head into the holidays, but he says some new songs are “coming together” and that a next album has high priority at the moment.
“It never feels like we’re getting back quickly to make a record,” Roberts explains. “It always feels like it’s taken forever to get back to the studio or into a more creative state of mind. And when you haven’t really sat down and written a whole bunch of songs in a year or two years, there’s always the fear, what if that muscle has atrophied so complete that it doesn’t work anymore? What if you lost whatever it was you had in the first place?
“So it’s always a sense of relief when you really get in the rhythm of songwriting, which is what I’m in right now. I can feel the momentum building up. I always breath a sigh of relief when I feel like I’m getting back into it.”
The Sam Roberts Band, Sloan, the Hard Lessons and Patrick Davy perform at the 3rd annual 93.9 The River Winter Icebreaker at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 28) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $19.39 in advance, $25 day of show with a $29.39 mezzanine. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.