WINTERSLEEP - Frightened Rabbit Tour + New Video + App + Mix Tape
Currently reaching the end of a mammoth 26-day tour of North America, WINTERSLEEP already have big plans in place for 2013. They will return to the UK as Special Guests to FRIGHTENED RABBIT in February, including shows at The Forum in London and Glasgow's Barrowlands. Backstage sports tournaments between the bands are already a hot topic on Twitter - indoor lawn bowls anyone?!
Mojo - Musically Wintersleep are now on par with Band of Horses, with engulfing waves of FM-friendly sound and the odd glimpse of Interpol's steely glare - 4 stars ****
NME - a glorious, crashing sound, pulsing outwards, destroying and caressing all it finds. Wintersleep are coming out of hibernation, wide awake and blinking
Artrocker - with just enough chops, heart, pop sensibility and rock and roll abandon in equal measure, it's little wonder people are falling over themselves to heap praise on Wintersleep - 4 stars ****
Rock Sound - lush melodies and a penchant for lyrical introspection that you just can't resist 8/10
Wintersleep has spent the last decade establishing, developing, and re-inventing their sound. Already a big deal at home in Canada the band won a Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Brit Award for 2007’s Welcome To The Night Sky, (The Fly - a rich, layered effort full of lush melodies & hummable missives..great stuff) then bolstered their fan-base in the UK and Europe by touring extensively in support of 2010’s New Inheritors.
The band finally found some time to settle down during the Summer of 2011 to focus on their next endeavour. Co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai), Wintersleep’s new album, Hello Hum, signifies a new chapter in the band’s history. Inspired by the member’s collective experiences, waking dreams, and musical experimentations, Hello Hum was released October 1st 2012 on Tom Kotter Records (TKC005).
Characterized by resonant harmonies, rich layers of elaborate instrumentation and ear-catching melodies, Wintersleep produces music that has the ability to grab listeners with its pop charm and keep them captivated with its subtle complexities. The new album, Hello Hum opens with Hum, offering a swirling, slow-building intro to the series of energetic tracks that follow. The upbeat In Came The Flood showcases the depth of the band’s sound, featuring melodic vocals atop a densely layered foundation of guitars, vocal harmonies, and driving percussion. From its first note, Nothing Is Anything (Without You) possesses the instant appeal of a pop tune, with a prominent guitar melody and toe-tapping rhythm. Smoke closes out the album on a softer note, allowing melodic vocals to shine over a subdued instrumental background and steady rolling drum beat.
Wintersleep has seen successful tours in North America, the UK, Ireland and Europe, sharing stages with Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady and Editors and next up, Frightened Rabbit.