The Winter Project is a Boston-based indie rock band whose members draw from
a wide variety of influences, creating an end product both familiar, yet highly
original. The band has been prolific in releasing music, having just released their
fourth record in as many years . “Brighter Days?”, recorded in early 2019, is being
released on September 30. “Brighter Days” consists of 8 songs, whose styles
range from punk to alt country to power dirge anthems. Thematically, the record
deals with broken dreams, abandoned relationships, the trappings of vanity and
even a scathing indictment of the very music industry itself.
The Winter Project was founded in late 2015 by bassist Ron Belanger and guitarist Chris
Meusel, the songwriters have been playing together for over two decades.
Drummer John Ehrlinger joined the band in 2017, bringing a major upgrade to the
drum throne. This allowed the band to write songs with a wider palate of
rhythms, patterns and feel. In 2018, lead guitarist Ken Cerreto joined the band,
bringing ample doses of both chops and tone. Later that same year, the band
found vocalist Tim MacDonald after a lengthy search. Tim brought a familiar growl
to the existing catalog of material, but also brought a different Americana-style
timbre to the newer material heard on “Brighter Days?”. The band feels this
lineup of The Winter Project brings the band to a new level of playing and writing,
expanding the band’s ability to create.
“Brighter Days?” was recorded in Somerville, MA at Q Division Studios. Matt
Alexander served as both engineer and co-producer. Mixing was done in Chicago
by Carl Saff. It available on CD, download and streaming. The band will be playing
a variety of dates and tours to promote the record throughout early 2020. And
then as winter settles in, the band will yet again embark to the warmth and
creative freedom of the recording studio for their next release.