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Canadian indie rockers Wintersleep are releasing their seventh album In the Land Of on March 29 via Dine Alone, and we’re premiering its latest single, “Beneficiary.” It’s an anthemic stomper, and it deals with the genocide of First Nations people in Canada. Here’s what the band tells us about it:

A lot has come to light in the last few years regarding the genocide of First Nations people here in Canada. There are questions we all have to ask ourselves about our country’s history, and to a larger extent western civilization is built on this. We have what we have because of oppression and mistreatment and worse of our indigenous people. I was reading an interview with Peter Carey who was talking about a similar thing in the Australian context and their relationship to it. He referred to himself in the interview as a “beneficiary of genocide” and I feel like it really encapsulates the idea of someone historically removed from these atrocities but who nonetheless benefits and has to come to terms with and find ways to acknowledge and take on a certain responsibility in making it right and also at the very least seeing that current problems in First Nations communities are directly linked to these historical wrongs. What can you do as an individual in making it right.

Listen below.

Wintersleep also have a lengthy tour from late March through early May (all in Canada), and those dates are listed below too.

Wintersleep — 2019 Tour Dates
03.20.19 // Waterloo, ON // Maxwell’s
03.21.19 // London, ON // London Music Hall
03.22.19 // Hamilton, ON // New Vision United Church
03.23.19 // Ottawa, ON // Bronson Centre
03.25.19 // Quebec City // L’Anti
03.27.19 // Moncton, NB // Tide & Boar
03.28.19 // Fredericton, NB // Boyce Farmers Market
03.29.19 // Halifax, NS // The Marquee Ballroom
03.30.19 // Halifax, NS // The Marquee Ballroom
03.31.19 // St John’s, NL // Club One
04.11.19 // Montreal, QC // La Sala Rossa
04.12.19 // Creemore, ON // Avening Community Hall
04.13.19 // Toronto, ON // The Danforth Music Hall
04.18.19 // Saskatoon,SK // The Capitol Music Club
04.19.19 // Edmonton, AB // The Starlite Room
04.20.19 // Calgary, AB // The Palace Theatre
04.22.19 // Nelson, BC // Spiritbar
04.23.19 // Kelowna, BC // Sapphire Nightclub
04.25.19 // Kamloops, BC // Cactus Jacks
04.26.19 // Vancouver, BC // Commodore Ballroom
04.27.19 // Victoria, BC // Capital Ballroom
04.30.19 // Red Deer, AB // Bo’s Bar & Grill
05.02.19 // Regina, SK // The Exchange
05.03.19// Winnipeg, MB // The Garrick

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