Wintersleep

Wintersleep

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandAlternativeRock

“Ambitious and remarkably accessible. Not since Eric’s Trip has a Canadian band managed to so successfully combine music that’s both head-smashingly heavy and heart-achingly delicate." -FFWD Magazine, Calgary

Biography

*2008 JUNO NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER, WINTERSLEEP*

Wintersleep's fourth album, New Inheritors was born on the road. Since the 2007 release of The Juno Award winning Welcome to the Night Sky, Wintersleep has been performing endlessly all over North America, Europe and Asia. “We were touring constantly, so I guess we jammed ideas for this record pretty much everywhere. We have folders with different jams marked down by the cities they were worked on in… LA, Seattle, Milan, Belfast, in Japan, Stellarton Cottage, Hamilton ON… we sorted it out whenever we had time. It came together in Montreal eventually, but yeah, these songs have touring legs.”

Once again produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian), New Inheritors has an ethereal quality that transforms every song. “We really feel that Tony shares the same ideas about music at a fundamental level. He knows the material, where it comes from & where it can go, and really wants to do his best to make sure the right things are brought about.”

From the orchestral opening of "Experience The Jewel," a bluesy dweller of a song injected with a healthy dose of moody distortion, the listener is pulled into a melodic landscape that has become near trademark territory for Wintersleep. The title track, "New Inheritors," loosely based upon a Nathaniel Hawthorne story called The New Adam and Eve, examines the finitude of the human condition in a post-apocalyptic setting. Indeed, the album embraces a more voyeuristic view of the world and is at times darker than any of Wintersleep’s previous work. Songs like “Encyclopedia” and “Trace Decay” explore both tempo changes and mood swings, while album closer “Baltic”, washes over us with a cold to the bone underwater current that skirts the fine line between dream and reality. Yet throughout “New Inheritors” each step towards the shadows is beautifully illuminated with the sound of strings, brass, tambourines, organ and piano. And choruses that soar.

With inspiration drawn from touring, family, books, salt water and performing together – whether in a practice space in Halifax or Montreal, or a theatre in Europe – “New Inheritors” is nothing you might expect but everything you hoped for.

Lyrics

Weighty Ghost

Written By: Wintersleep

WEIGHTY GHOST.

I GOT OUT OF BED TODAY
SWEAR TO GOD COULDN;T SEE MY FACE
I GOT OUT OF BED TODAY
STARING AT A GHOST
WHO FORGOT TO FLOAT AWAY
DIDN'T HAVE ALL THAT MUCH TO SAY
WOULDN'T EVEN TELL ME HIS OWN NAME
WHERE'D MY BODY GO?
WHERE OH WHERE'D MY BODY GO?
AFRICA OR MEXICO
WHERE OH WHERE'D MY BODY GO
WHERE'D MY BODY GO

CHORUS:
HAVE YOU SEEN MY GHOST
SEEN MY GHOST, SEEN MY GHOST
HAVE YOU SEEN MY GHOST
STARING AT THE GROUND
HAVE YOU SEEN MY GHOST
SEEN MY GHOST, SEEN MY GHOST
HAVE YOU SEEN MY GHOST
SICK OF THOSE GODDAMN CLOUDS

ARE YOU SOME KIND OF MEDICINE MAN
CUT THE DEMONS OUT OF MY HEAD
YOU CANT KILL SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY DEAD
LEAVE MY SOUL ALONE
I DON'T NEED NO SURGERY
TAKE THOSE KNIVES AWAY FROM ME
JUST WANNA DIE IN MY OWN BODY
A GHOST JUST NEEDS A HOME

CHORUS X2

Oblivion

Written By: Wintersleep

Toxic emissions, modern conditions, vague apparitions, lost in the discontents
Cling to the senses, cling to the nothingness,
Laugh like you are not there, laugh like you do not care
Tension and dying air soft and familiar
Wide-eyed and innocent, warm waves and imminence
Breathe in, breathe in, breathe in, breathe in

Oblivion

Lines in a paper, black clouds and vapors
Mouth filled with summer, light rain and meteors
Light rain and meteors, holes in the universe
Crayons and scribblers, infinite bellies burst
Cracks in the ocean crust, choke on the cosmic dust
What will become of us?
What will become of us?
What will become of us?
What will become of us?

Oblivion

Preservation

Written By: Loel Campbell, Michael Bigelow

That night he hurt you bad
In that green, pastel summer dress
You’d die alone with the land
A hollow head in its hands
But everybody does that
But with particular scorn, in polyurethane form, freeze dried, stuff to the brim

Preservation

Hide in our hideous masks
Your daddy’s shitty shake grass
I told you I couldn’t see it
A monument of pills, grocery lists, telephone bills, pamphlets & dollar store trinkets

Preservation

But if that was how you put it, and if you ever willed it, I would embroider you
In disaffected kisses, in bleach reticent sunsets, soldered animal glue

A hand too heavy to hold
Lips that won’t do what they’re told
How do we ever begin it?
How do we grow old?

Preservation

Discography

Wintersleep - New Inheritors
National release date: May 18, 2010 (Labwork//EMI)
Lead single "Black Camera" added at national rock radio stations. Album climbed to #4 on iTunes Canada's album sales chart week of release.

Wintersleep - Welcome to the Night Sky
National release date: October 2, 2007 (Labwork/EMI)
Lead single “Weighty Ghost” was sent to radio late August quickly landing in the top 10 and eventually top 5 on Canadian rock radio charts.
iTunes.ca released “Weighty Ghost” as its Free Single of the Week the week of Sept. 18 -25. The song was downloaded by over 14,100 subscribers. The video for the song was shot in Nova Scotia in October 2007 and was added to rotation at Much and Much More Music - where it climbed to the #1 spot on the MMM Top 20 Countdown in late February, 2008.
The follow up single, "Oblivion" was added at rock radio and reached the top 10 on national rock charts. The video was added at Much and Much More Music.

Wintersleep - Untitled
Released 2005 on Dependent Music. Re-released Oct. 2006 on Labwork Music. Single "Jaws of Life" added at radio and featured as iTunes "Single of the Week"in April, 2006. Videos for "Danse Macabre", "Fog" and "Faithful Guide" played on MuchMusic. "Jaws of Life" was added into rotation at Much Music in January 2007.

Wintersleep - Self Titled
Released in 2003 on Dependent Music. Re-mastered and re-released Oct. 2006 on Labwork Music. Single, Orca added at radio and included on The Trailer Park Boys: The Movie original soundtrack. "Sore" video played on MuchMusic.

Various tracks and Videos can be found at www.wintersleep.com and www.myspace.com/wintersleep