Wintersleep – “Amerika”

Wintersleep - Amerika
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And so it begins. The long-awaited return of Canadian indie-rock royalty, Wintersleep. As we pointed out yesterday, it’s been a long-time coming for the group, who’ve been worryingly quite since the release of 2012’s Hello Hum. No matter, the band are back in action and ready to turn things up a notch, starting with their first single, “Amerika.”

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, the band’s lead singer Paul Murphy explains that the song was inspired by 19th-century poet Walt Whitman, who first published a poem by the same name as far back as 1888. “The enthusiasm and hope Whitman had for America as a place and an idea really struck me,” says Murphy. But, as he goes onto explain, “The word ‘America’ now a few hundred years later calls to mind something not so harmonious to the extreme.”

Whatever its origins happen to be, the song is an exciting taste of the band’s forthcoming album, The Great Detachment. Built on the same foundation as many of the band’s heavier releases, “Amerika” is all about big guitars and booming drums. It’s loud, almost to the point of aggressive, but feels more like a call to arms than it does a war cry. Anthemic in its attempts, it will have you suiting up for battle quicker than you can say Jack Robinson.

(via WSJ)

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