Wintersleep is a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Wintersleep formed in 2002 and released two albums with Dependent Music
, a music label and artists' collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
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.
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, The Holy Shroud, and The Remains of Brian Borcherdt. Bigelow plays bass in Contrived with Campbell and Jon Samuel, and also plays in Holy Fuck and the 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.
After a show at the Spanish Moon
with Wolf Parade
in Baton Rouge
, on July 26th
, the band had their van broken into and most of their gear stolen. All of the band's guitars and most of their drum set were stolen. Nonetheless, the band flew on to Pemberton
where they played the show with gear borrowed from other bands.
- Loel Campbell – drums (2002–present)
- Mike Bigelow – keyboards (2005–2006), bass guitar (2007–present)
- Paul Murphy – guitar, vocals (2002–present)
- Tim D'Eon – guitar, keyboards (2002–present)
- Jon Samuel – keyboards, backing vocals, guitar (2006–present)
- Jud Haynes – bass guitar (2002–2007)
- 2003: "Caliber" (Directed by Brian Borcherdt)
- 2004: "Sore" (Directed by Sean Wainstein, Ghostmilk Studios)
- 2005: "Danse Macabre" (Directed by Sean Wainstein, Ghostmilk Studios)
- 2006: "Jaws of Life" (Directed by Sean Wainstein)
- 2006: "Fog" (Directed/Animated by Mirco Chin)
- 2006: "Lipstick" (Directed by the 4030 CREW)
- 2006: "Faithful Guide" (Directed by Sean Wainstein, Ghostmilk Studios)
- 2006: "Listen, Listen (Listen)" (Directed by Sean Wainstein)
- 2006: "Insomnia" (Directed by Jesse Luke)
- 2007: "Weighty Ghost" (Directed by Sean Wainstein)
- 2008: "Oblivion" (Directed by Darren Pasemko)