Canadian rockers Sam Roberts Band will release their first new album in three years with Lo-Fantasy arriving February 11 via Paper Bag Records. The new album was produced by Youth (aka Martin Glover), best known for his work with U2, Crowded House, The Verve and Paul McCartney. According to the press release, Youth "infuses Sam Roberts Band's rousing brand of rock n' roll with elements of funk, house, electronic, and African music, resulting in their most dynamic and inventive album to date." Lead single "We're All In This Together" is already #2 on Canada's alternative radio chart -- stream it below.
From the press release: "This album is fundamentally different from anything we've ever done," says Roberts. While Sam and the band might normally spend twelve months recording an album, Youth recorded 'Lo-Fantasy' live on his Montreal studio floor in twelve days. "We worked insanely long hours, and after three days of that you're almost in a hallucinogenic state," Roberts laughs. "Youth would be in the control room with his Hawaiian shirt unbuttoned, dancing and doing oil painting interpretations of the songs while we were recording, and we're thinking, 'My God we've got a madman at the helm!'"
The combination of sleep deprivation, excitement, uncertainty, and adrenaline pushed the band outside any notion of comfort, resulting in tracks ranging from the slithery dance-rock album opener "Shapeshifters" and anthemic single "We're All In This Together," to the electro-remix of "Chasing The Light." Through it all, Sam's lyrics grapple with questions of identity and self-discovery in the modern age.
Lo-Fantasy also captures the fiery, "exceptionally dynamic" (LA Times) live power of the Sam Roberts Band, who have played theaters and arenas, performed on Letterman and Conan, and opened for the likes of The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and more. All 'Lo-Fantasy' albums come with a bonus disc of 8 new remixes.
Sam Roberts Band - "We're All In This Together" (from Lo-Fantasy)