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Halifax-raised, Montreal-based modern rock band Wintersleep has high hopes for 2017. In December 2015 they signed to busy indie label Dine Alone Records (after a stint with EMI Canada), and they’ll release their sixth full-length album,The Great Detachment.
This is the follow-up to 2012 release Hello Hum. The Great Detachment was written in Wintersleep’s Montreal studio, then recorded at Halifax’s Sonic Temple studio with long-time producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai).
The album was recorded in a primarily live-off-the-floor approach, and singer Paul Murphy notes in a label press release that “it’s a very different energy, and one that we’ve kind of missed.”
Dine Alone head Joel Carriere certainly sounds excited about the new record. In a press release, he recalls first hearing the new songs: “I wish footage existed from when we first listened to Wintersleep’s new record. Everyone who was in the office was smiling, nodding their heads, and were thrilled at the idea of being a part of the next chapter for one of Canada’s great rock bands. Forget that they are an amazing band, had huge records, and are sweet dudes, and look to the future of The Great Detachment. These songs are fucking bangers, big, sweet bangers, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”
Wintersleep premiered the new material at an industry showcase at The Drake in Toronto last night. In fact, the quintet played the entire album, one that impressed this observer with its dynamic range. Industry movers and shakers there included Jack Ross and Adam Countryman of United Talent Agency (Countryman is the group’s chief agent, while Ross told FYI he has worked with the group since their early days), Exclaim! publisher Ian Danzig, Billboard scribe Karen Bliss, Kim Hughes of hmv.com, ace publicist Rebecca Webster, Chris Topping, and Dine Alone staff.
The group seem revitalized as they kick off 2017. In a recent interview, drummer Loel Campbell explained “We’ve recently split with our manager that we worked with since 2005, and we took a year off. It feels like we kind of hit the reset button a bit, which is good. It’s nice to come back to things fresh.”
Wintersleep are now managed by Estuary Artists, whose head, Adrienne Butcher, flew in from Vancouver for the Drake showcase. Other artists on the Estuary roster include Good For Grapes, Sarah Neufeld, and Blonde Redhead. She tells FYI “We couldn’t be happier about the recent signing with Dine Alone…There’s a ton of great news on the horizon. We’re working on a video for the first single Amerika, amongst some other cool projects in progress.
The band is working with a group of visual artists on a beautiful graphic novel with “The Great Detachment” theme. We are going to have some special pieces to accompany the record.”
Wintersleep won a 2008 JUNO Award as New Group of the Year, thanks to their breakthrough third album, 2007’s
Welcome To The Night Sky. They remain best known for the much-played single “Weighty Ghost,” a song featured in many films and TV series, including as the theme song of CBC series Cracked, and one that got them onto David Letterman.
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