UPCOMING LP, IN THE LAND OF, OUT MARCH 29 VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS
2019 CROSS CANADA TOUR DATES BEGIN MARCH 20, 2019
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Last month, Wintersleep shared the throbbing, disco-noir romp “Beneficiary” from their upcoming, highly anticipated, new LP. Due out March 29 via Dine Alone Records their seventh full-length record, In the Land Of, has already been marked as one of the most anticipated records of 2019 by Exclaim! and CBC Music. Today, the band have partnered with YouTube for a new ‘In-Studio Session’ of “Beneficiary”, a track that details the genocide of Indigenous peoples and our modern relationship to it.
‘Drive to work all day, try to sleep at night / Beneficiary of a genocide’ vocalist Paul Murphy sings. The lyrics borrow from Australian writer Peter Carey, who in an interview last year asserted, “You wake up in the morning and you are the beneficiary of a genocide.” “As a Canadian, I feel a real connection to that sentiment,” says Murphy. “It really encapsulates the idea of someone historically removed from these atrocities but who nonetheless benefits, and has to come to terms with and find ways to acknowledge and take on a certain responsibility in making it right.
The song really isn’t trying to solve anything or trying to be this grand manifesto. It’s more a personal reckoning as an individual, who doesn’t want to be passive and therefore part of the continuing problem. Maybe it’s this first part of the equation that is central to the song- just the acknowledgment of there being a wrong that we need to keep in mind and continue to address.
In Canada there’s a real danger that the implementation of the truth and reconciliation commissions recommendations will end up as nothing but lip service. The report came out a few years ago but we are not seeing any concrete initiatives taking form that will really make a difference in the present and into the future for First Nations communities. On the contrary, with the pipeline controversies out west we see further manifestation of colonial attitudes towards the indigenous communities.”
In the Land Of follows 2016’s The Great Detachment, which saw CanCon Rock Single Of The Year “Amerika” spend 11 consecutive weeks atop Canada’s rock radio charts, remaining in the Top 10 for over 7 months as well as winning an Indie Award for Single Of The Year and a JUNO Award nomination for Adult Alternative Album.
On March 20, 2019, Wintersleep will take to the road with tour dates throughout Canada. Full tour dates can be found below with tickets on sale now. The JUNO Award winners have previously toured several continents and shared stages 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.
2019 CANADIAN TOUR DATES
03.20.19 // Waterloo, ON // Maxwell's
03.21.19 // London, ON // London Music Hall
03.22.19 // Hamilton, ON // New Vision United Church
03.23.19 // Ottawa, ON // Bronson Centre
03.25.19 // Quebec City // L’Anti
03.27.19 // Moncton, NB // Tide & Boar
03.28.19 // Fredericton, NB // Boyce Farmers Market
03.29.19 // Halifax, NS // The Marquee Ballroom
03.30.19 // Halifax, NS // The Marquee
03.31.19 // St John's, NL // Club One
04.11.19 // Montreal, QC // La Sala Rossa
04.12.19 // Creemore, ON // Avening Community Hall
04.13.19 // Toronto, ON // The Danforth Music Hall ^
04.18.19 // Saskatoon,SK // The Capitol Music Club ^
04.19.19 // Edmonton, AB // The Starlite Room ^
04.20.19 // Calgary, AB // The Palace Theatre ^
04.22.19 // Nelson, BC // Spiritbar ^
04.23.19 // Kelowna, BC // Sapphire Nightclub ^
04.25.19 // Kamloops, BC // Cactus Jacks ^
04.26.19 // Vancouver, BC // Commodore Ballroom
04.27.19 // Victoria, BC // Capital Ballroom
04.30.19 // Red Deer, AB // Bo's Bar & Grill ^
05.02.19 // Regina, SK // The Exchange ^
05.03.19 // Winnipeg, MB // The Garrick ^
^ with special guests Partner