It's hard to get much farther East in Canada than Halifax, so when the time comes for bands from there to tour Western Canada, picking the direction to go is the easy part. And how does a four-piece fronted by an acoustic guitar-wielding singer manage to sound even remotely heavy? Halifax's Wintersleep have found a way.
Performing behind their 2003 self-titled Dependent Records release, Wintersleep enjoy raucous crowds in their hometown, as exhibited by the tour's inaugural show in Halifax with the Jimmy Swift Band. The band will no doubt be looking for a similar reaction as they travel as far West as Brantford, Ontario before heading back to the Maritimes for a New Year's Eve show in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Unlike their jammier, dancier counterparts in the Maritime music scene, the Jimmy Swift Band and Grand Theft Bus, with whom they frequently share the stage, Wintersleep take a decidedly more stripped down approach with their acoustic-rock stylings. Frontman Paul Murphy isn't afraid to let the primal side of his voice free in addition to exhibiting impressive vocal range. Tim d'Eon's electric guitar riffs add lush dimension to Wintersleep's sound, and drummer Loel Campbell's frenetic and powerful live performance is a visual and auditory feast for the senses.
Remaining dates on Wintersleep's Western foray are as follows:
Wed. Nov. 24, Hamilton, ON at The Casbah
Fri. Nov. 26, Barrie, ON at Georgian College (with Constantines)
Sat. Nov. 27, Toronto, ON at Lee's Palace (All Ages with Constantines)
Sun. Nov. 28, Stratford, ON (with Vermicious Knid and Sour Keyes)
Wed. Dec. 01, Kingston, ON at Clark Pub (with Vermicious Knid)
Thu. Dec. 02, Montreal, PQ at Casa del Popolo (with Uncut and Magneta Lane)
Fri. Dec. 03, Simcoe, ON at KOC (with the vermicous knid, the sourkeys)
Sat. Dec. 04, Brantford,ON at The Ford Plant (with the vermicious knid, sourkeys, burdocks)
Fri. Dec. 31, New Years Eve, St. John's, NL at Juntions (with The Haters)
Writer: Joe Henley