The Wilderness Of Manitoba
The Dreaming Spires
Wednesday 25th July 2012
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Toronto's multi-instrumental chamber folk quintet The Wilderness Of Manitoba co-headline with the Bennett brothers (Goldrush, Truck Festival) latest incarnation as The Dreaming Spires who mine a seam of power-pop gold stretching back to Big Star, Gram Parsons, The Band and The Byrds, with unashamedly soulful Laurel Canyon- era classic rock from The Golden Retrievers.
The Wilderness of Manitoba was born in a music-filled house in Toronto, Canada, where singing multi-instrumentalists Scott Bouwmeester and Will Whitwham began writing songs. Enlisting Stefan Banjevic, another singing multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Melissa Dalton, the chamber folk band received more and more attention, and so drummer Sean Lancaric was added to to flesh out the sound.
They all live under one roof and record in their basement studio. Something special happens when the four members of the Wilderness of Manitoba sing together so it's no surprise that their timeless sound found early supporters in Canada, the UK and the U.S. They have played the End of the Road Festival, the Camden Crawl in London and toured the UK. Their album, 'When You Left The Fire', was released in the U.S. in 2011 and they have toured there with Cloud Cult, Rasputina and Aimee Mann.
The Dreaming Spires bursts fresh out of the box with an enviable musical pedigree. Group members, and brothers, Robin and Joe Bennett formerly played with the influential Goldrush and Danny & the Champions of the World, and co-founded Truck & Wood Festivals, which led to Truck America in Upstate New York, where they jammed with Mercury Rev and The Jayhawks (both now fans of the Spires) and toured America backing Mark Gardener of Ride.
The Dreaming Spires release their debut album 'Brothers in Brooklyn' on Clubhouse Records on 11th June 2012. The album unashamedly celebrates and name-checks the artists, songs and second-hand vinyl the band love - Big Star, Gram Parsons, The Band and The Byrds.
Having worked with Supergrass producer 'Dr' Sam Williams on several tracks and after the success of last year's debut single 'Everything All The Time', this album fills out the picture of what can be achieved by writing 11 great songs and recording them simply with great playing and harmonies, an exceptional offering from a band who celebrate transatlantic brotherhood in style.