Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Wintersleep

WintersleepWhen they’re not touring North America, the UK and Europe with acts including The Maccabees, Editors, and Wolf Parade, Canada’s Wintersleep are producing intricate, catchy and layered tunes. Having recently released their 2012 album Hello Hum, their lyrical and musical talent becomes ever more apparent through their bursting melodies and racy rifts. Wintersleep are certainly a force to be reckoned with, and a band to add to your 2013 repertoire. We were lucky enough to catch up with the band’s Loel Campbell, so have a read and check it out below!

AMBY: How would you explain Wintersleep’s music to others?

LC: I’d say it’s an eclectic mix of rock tunes.

AMBY: Does being Canadian influence your music and if so, how?

LC: Of course, not like we are writing incredibly political songs but where you grow up is perhaps the reason in our case to having an interest to start playing music! Rural Nova Scotia roughy us to music.

AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Wintersleep?

LC: Hmmm.. Tough question. Nerves Normal, Hum, Dead Letter. That’s. Good mix of what we do.

AMBY: You released your latest album Hello Hum earlier this year in June. What are your feelings about the album now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?

LC: We actually recorded last summer. I’m still really into performing the stuff. It’s fresh and challenging!

AMBY: How would you define success for yourselves as a band?

LC: Just making records on our own terms still, getting to tour, having fun doing all that. Wanting to do it. A lot of my favorite bands are hobbyists; we do this full time so we are incredibly fortunate.

AMBY: What can people expect at your live shows?!

LC: Lights! Sonic devastation! Sweet serenading!

AMBY: Speaking of live shows, what’s the most memorable moment you have had while touring?

LC: Oh jeez. So many. Touring Europe the first time still sticks out. Meeting a Beatle.

AMBY: How do you compare British audiences to North American ones?

LC: I find British audiences to be a bit reserved.

AMBY: In Came the Flood is a wonderful track, what is the story behind the song?

LC: It started as instrumental track I had worked out. Paul and Tim liked it and we started putting it more into a tune.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

LC: MacGyver the most and the “situation” the least

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

LC: American Pie.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Wintersleep that nobody knows yet?

LC: Some of them play loads of video games.


For a review of Wintersleep’s Hello Hum, click HERE. And have a listen to their track In Came The Flood below. Lastly, thank you Loel, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout & Nadia Kaakati

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