By Carrie Wingfield
Under the radar Canadian rockers Wintersleep play DC9 tomorrow, Nov. 1, after braving the Hurricane Sandy aftermath and a postponed show at The Knitting Factory. The band hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, although not widely known, received a Juno Award in 2008, and have an excellent album out entitled Hello Hum that was co-produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai). Their indie rock with a slight electronica infusion will get your hips swaying and your heads bobbing, so be sure to not miss this show! “Nothing is Anything (Without You)” is worth 3 minutes of your time, trust me. Paul Murphy joined us for our 5GB series and shared some incredible stories, including being helicoptered in to a festival in British Columbia after being robbed the night before. Check it out below!
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
A show in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia at a run down old theatre called the Y’Arc. A heavy local band called Burnt Black. They put the show on themselves and it was jammed with people. It was such an amazing experience to see people I knew playing to a packed room. Felt really great to see this sort of underground culture spring up in a town like Yarmouth.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
Pemeberton Festival 2008. We were on tour with Wolf Parade and got robbed in Baton Rouge the night before. At 6 a.m. that morning we were wondering what we should do (as we didn’t have any gear) and so we just hopped on the plane, called our manager and hoped for the best. We landed and then started driving towards the festival, which was situated in a remote location deep in the mountains of British Columbia. We quickly realized that the road was totally blocked due to all the traffic going into the festival and that there was just one windy road leading there. We were late and were likely gonna miss the show. Then, the driver spun around and drove to this clearing and asked if we wanted to be helicoptered in. We said yes (obviously) and took a helicopter to the grounds. Landed about 40 feet behind the stage, and hopped out to a stage already set-up with gear a few of the other bands (namely Sam Roberts band) donated to us for the set. The crowd was amazing and the day was so great.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
Books in Montreal QC around 2007 or 2006 was probably my favorite show. Maybe Godspeed You Black Emperor in Halifax at the beginning of the century.
Gig you would most like to play?
Knitting Factory tonight. DC9 Washington tomorrow night!!! Actually, this whole tour has been amazing, crowds have been great, so if that keeps up I get all my wishes gig wise fulfilled.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Radiohead.. Neil Young.. together at last. Marvin Gaye would come on stage during “Reckoner”… and sing it. Levon Helm would be hangin out…
Be sure to catch Wintersleep at DC9, Nov. 1