Wintersleep is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2001 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band received a Juno Award in 2008.
Wintersleep formed in 2001 and released two albums with Dependent Music, a music label and artists' collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1994.
In 2006, Wintersleep signed with Labwork Music, a partnership label of Sonic Unyon and EMI Music Canada, and re-released their first two studio albums to the U.S. and Canadian markets. The re-releases include bonus tracks and videos not featured in the originals. Their debut album was remixed and re-mastered by Laurence Currie for the re-release.
On October 2, 2007, Wintersleep released their third full-length album, Welcome to the Night Sky. They won the 2008 Juno Award for New Group of the Year.
A limited edition of Welcome to the Night Sky on vinyl with alternative artwork was released by Hand Drawn Dracula.
The band's members frequently collaborate outside of Wintersleep. Murphy and D'eon played together in the band Kary, now on indefinite hiatus. Drummer Campbell has also performed with Kary, and is a member of a number of other projects, including Contrived, Holy Fuck, Hayden, Chikita Violenta, Land of Talk, The Holy Shroud, and The Remains of Brian Borcherdt. Murphy collaborated with his brother in the project Postdata. Bigelow plays bass in Contrived with Campbell, and also plays in Holy Fuck and The Holy Shroud. D'eon played guitar for Contrived before Samuel joined the group, appearing on Contrived's first record, Pursuit of Plots, and the second album, Dead Air Verbatim. Samuel was a member of Halifax band Slight Return.
Wintersleep was selected as one of the opening acts by Paul McCartney for his concert at Halifax Common on July 11, 2009.
Wintersleep began working on their fourth studio album, New Inheritors, in September 2009. The album was released on May 17 in Europe and May 18 in North America. The bulk of the album was written while touring Welcome to the Night Sky due to the very busy tour schedule the band follows. They released their fifth album, Hello Hum, in 2012.
Wintersleep performed "Weighty Ghost" on Late Show with David Letterman on January 14, 2011. The song also appeared on the TV series Being Human on January 17, 2011. "Weighty Ghost" was also used in the background of a Molson Canadian commercial, advertising the "Red Leaf Project" in 2011. In 2010, "Weighty Ghost" was included as one of The Top 100 Canadian Singles by Bob Mersereau. The song was used in 2008 film One Week, featuring prominently in both the trailer and one of the final scenes. In 2013, "Weighty Ghost" became the theme music of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television crime drama Cracked.
On June 19, 2014, the band announced they would start recording their 6th record at the end of the summer. They recorded 11 tracks at The Sonic Temple studio in Halifax, NS.
On December 3, 2015, it was announced that Wintersleep signed a worldwide contract and will join the roster of Dine Alone Records, home to other Canadian acts like City and Colour and Tokyo Police Club. The title of the new Record, "The Great Detachment" was confirmed.
On January 7, 2016 the band premiered "Amerika" through Wall Street Journal and announced the release of "The Great Detachment" for March 4, 2016.
In regards to the album's title, drummer Loel Campbell said, "It's a lyric in one of the songs. We've recently split with our manager that we worked with since 2005, we took a year off, these are the first shows that we've played in a year. It feels like we kind of hit the reset button a bit, which is good. It's nice to come back to things fresh."
Loel Campbell - drums, guitar (2001-present),
Paul Murphy - guitar, vocals (2001-present),
Tim D'eon - guitar, keyboards (2001-present),
Mike Bigelow - bass guitar (2007-present), keyboards (2005-2006),
Jon Samuel - keyboards, backing vocals, guitar (2006-present),
Jud Haynes - bass guitar (2002-2007)