MCD presents- Wintersleep
Time & Location
About The Event
Wednesday September 25 th 2019
The Grand social
Tickets from €15 incl booking fee on sale Friday 24 th May at 10am from Ticketmaster
Strictly over 18’s
Wintersleep announces headline show at the Grand Social.
“The average Canadian carries around with them in their head a vision of spaciousness.” So theorized
Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, describing a so-called ‘Canadian sound.’ For Schafer and many others,
it was a sound defined by space, by the land and our distance from and proximity to it. For Harry Freedman, it
was “gaunt” and “lonely.” Elaine Keillor called it “immense, empty, mysterious, harsh, indifferent, producing a
response of awe mingled with terror and an intense sense of spiritual loneliness.”
On Wintersleep’s seventh full-length record, In the Land Of, this geography is both real and imagined. It is
understood that our surroundings are not, in fact, essential or concrete elements; they’re constructed in
relation to us, the inhabitants. Our identities, too, are constructed in relation to the land. The land, both
physical and figurative, changes, and so do we. Familiar land. Foreign land. Inhospitable land. Unceded land.
Stolen land. Dead land.
This might be why In the Land Of doesn’t inhabit one terrain, but many. It might also be why none of these
terrains feel comfortable. “I don’t really feel 100% at home anywhere,” says vocalist and guitarist Paul
Murphy. “Over time, that’s something that weighs a lot on me, not feeling really connected to my
Like all Wintersleep records, In the Land Of encourages thought and introspection. The new record’s title is an
incomplete thought, a blank that is filled in across the record with different places, words, and sounds. “A lot
of the songs touch on this idea of being a stranger or feeling foreign in all the different landscapes in which the
songs took place lyrically,” explains Murphy. “It all relates back to the land,” adds guitarist Tim D’Eon.
It’s the direct result of feeling like a stranger somewhere, of feeling alienation so intense it must be dissolved
before it constricts. In the Land Of is about that alienation: from the self, from others, from the world around
us. These are all lands we occupy, ones which we must know and explore and surrender ourselves to. Keillor’s
“spiritual loneliness” was not, after all, a product purely of the self. It came from how we exist here; it came
from the land.
Wintersleep will play The Grand Social on Wednesday September 25 th with tickets from
€15 incl booking fee on sale Friday 24 th May at 10am from Ticketmaster
Strictly over 18’s