Indie88 Video Premiere: Bruce Peninsula “Don’t Wake The Giant”

Toronto act debuts breathtaking soundtrack

For a decade now, Bruce Peninsula have been cultivating their own unique style from a blend of contrasting genres, including Southern gospel, Western folk, blues and progressive rock. The result is a style which is often praised for it’s “genre-less” qualities.

The basis of song writing for this Toronto band comes from the idea of singing from the gut and letting the rhythm lead. Since their Polaris Prize nominated debut record A Mountain Is a Mouth (2009), BP have laid low publically, but have remained active in the film composing community (most recently with 2015 success story Sleeping Giant) and with a myriad of satellite acts and solo projects including The Weather Station, Eons, Snowblink and more. Bruce Peninsula are now back working on the follow up to 2011’s Open Flames, emerging for a handful of live shows around Ontario.

Today the group has shared the first sample of their resurgence, a stunning track taken from the band’s original soundtrack for Sleeping Giant, called “Don’t Wake The Giant“. It’s a slow burning tune that echo’s sentiments of freedom and youthful recklessness from the film. Watch the video in the player above.

Neil Haverty of the band explained how the song came about:

The Giant is a song we wrote to be the theme of Andrew Cividino’s film Sleeping Giant. Since the film came out, the track has taken on a life of its own. It’s traveled all over the world and become a flag-waver for our home province. From the moment we recorded it, we knew it had a lot more to give and should be a proper song. We’ve spent the last week and a half giving it a full face-lift and are very excited to share the new version. It has been an exhilarating process to bring it into it’s new skin as ‘Don’t Wake The Giant’.

Be sure to catch Bruce Peninsula this summer at Riverfest Elora August 20th and at Camp Wavelength August 21st.