Wintersleep, the originally (and currently?) Halifax based indie-band has a long history in Corner Brook. In the first half of the 2000s, they would frequently pass through town, often playing at places like 709 (at least, that’s the last place that I saw them — were you there?).
Wintersleep were warmly welcomed back to town on Friday night with a big show at the Backlot.
Before Wintersleep though, was St. John’s based Mammoth, fronted by Steve Maloney. If you haven’t heard Steve Maloney perform yet, you are really missing out. His voice and lyrics are incredibly beautiful, heart melting kinda stuff. He definitely made some fans on Friday night who weren’t expecting something so good from the opening act.
Steve currently has a three-track solo EP online at stevemaloney.bandcamp.com that is pay-what-you-can so you should definitely check it out. I heard someone describe him as a blend between Rufus Wainright and Bob Dylan on Friday night.
Wintersleep blew everyone away early in their set, breaking out a number of the new songs from their latest album, before getting down to business with their greatest hits from the past decade, including Weighty Ghost, Jaws of Life, and Oblivion, to name a few.
Even though the band seemed tired, their sound didn’t falter — however, some of their stage energy took a while to pick up as their set continued on. The lack of on-stage energy didn’t seem to matter to the die-hard fans in the crowd, who sang and danced along through their whole set.
Were you at the show? Let us know what you thought in the comments!