Wintersleep formed in 2001 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. They have released six studio albums. Their most recent album, The Great Detachment, was released on March 4th 2016 via Dine Alone Records.
The Great Detachment, Wintersleep’s sixth LP and first with Dine Alone Records, is very much an introspective work, both conceptually and thematically. Of course, it delivers a welcome dose of the atmospheric, entrancing alt-rock for which the band has become known. After writing a wealth of material in their Montreal studio, the band carefully curated the 11 songs comprising The Great Detachment and returned to Halifax’s Sonic Temple – the birthplace of the Juno Award-winning Welcome To The Night Sky and its preceding 2003 self-titled and 2005 untitled efforts – with producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai). The band recorded the majority of The Great Detachment live-off-the-floor, adding an organic and transparent aural aesthetic to the collection.
The Great Detachment is one of introspection and identity; of reflection and contemplation. The energy and urgency inherent in these songs makes them well-suited to the stage, adding more ammo to a captivating live show that’s already earned these JUNO winners tours of several continents; stages shared with Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene, and The Hold Steady; a performance on Late Night with David Letterman, and even an opening slot for Sir Paul McCartney.
Their first single from The Great Detachment – Amerika – was wholly embraced at radio in Canada, occupying the #1 slot at BDS overall commercial Rock radio for 11 weeks and #1 at commercial Alternative radio for 8 weeks. By November 2016, Amerika had reached 1 million streams on Spotify. The accompanying Amerika video, a post-apocalyptic world view directed by Scott Cudmore was nominated for a UK Music Video award. In 2017, the album was nominated for a JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year and was named #9 on CBC Top 25 Canadian Albums of 2016.
Following the album’s release, Wintersleep headlined Festival D’été in Quebec City, BC’s Pemberton Festival, Halifax’s Gridlock Festival, Edmonton’s Sonic Festival, Calgary’s X Fest, Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival, Toronto’s Big Feastival, and played Winnipeg’s Interstellar Rodeo, among others. They also supported Blonde Redhead on a sold out US west coast tour. In addition to successful, tours of Europe in September of 2016 and June of 2017, they embarked on two cross Canada tours, performing in sold out rooms across the country.