Wintersleep performing in Prince Edward Island in 2004
|Origin||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Labels||Labwork, Dependent, Hand Drawn Dracula|
The Holy Shroud
|Past members||Jud Haynes|
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.
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 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.
- 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)
- Former members
- Jud Haynes – bass guitar (2002–2007)
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|2007||Welcome to the Night Sky||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2007||"Weighty Ghost"||54||×||×||Welcome to the Night Sky|
|2010||"Black Camera"||—||14||24||New Inheritors|
|2012||"In Came the Flood"||—||7||30||Hello Hum|
|"Nothing is Anything (Without You)"||—||31||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.
|2005||"Danse Macabre"||Sean Wainstein|
|2006||"Jaws of Life"||Sean Wainstein with James Mejia|
|"Faithful Guide"||Sean Wainstein|
|2007||"Weighty Ghost"||Sean Wainstein|
|2011||"New Inheritors"||Danny (Think Tank Creative)|
|2012||"In Came The Flood"||Sean Wainstein|
|"Nothing is Anything (Without You)"||Christopher Mills|
- 2008: Juno Award for New Group of the Year
- 2008: Much Music Video Award - VideoFACT Award for Weighty Ghost
- True, Chris "Wintersleep Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
- "McCartney hires Halifax musicians as opening acts". CTV News, July 9, 2009.
- Persuad, Travis Wintersleep Find Their Groove atExclaim! June 2009
- Wintersleep official website
- Wintersleep on Myspace
- Labwork Music record label
- Off-Stage Video Recording Session (2012) with They Shoot Music Dont They