Old House Playground are releasing a new AA side on November 16th with two power packed singles “21st Century Glory” and “Love And Other Demons” which are as varied yet tasteful in contrast with each other as they are packed together in a perfect representation of the new indie. “21st Century Glory” is a rawker with the rough hook you would expect from only the best in today’s music with the rustic overture of of chugging guitars and authentic horns while “Love And Other Demons” harks back to the days of “Minnie The Moocher” with a soulful and bluesy narrative taking vocals and Les Paul (the man not the guitar) style licks and muted trumpet dueling it out for your soul.
“21st Century Glory” drops November 16th on Horus Music. Links below.
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About Old House Playground:
Old House Playground is a three piece contemporary blues/alt-rock band with roots in the songwriting culture of traditional Greek folk music.
The band consists of Tryfon Lazos on guitars and vocals, Andreas Venetantes on drums and percussion, and Jago Furnas on bass and backing vocals.
In 2009, Tryfon and Andreas together with Conor Loughran (ex bass player), moved from Athens to Manchester to experiment with new musical paths and forms of expression.
Inspired by the likes of Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Nick Cave and Greek artists Psarantonis, and Marcos Vamvakaris together with analog sounds and street musicianship, Old House Playground started hanging out with producer/musician Chris Evans, with whom they would record their first album God Damn That Gold. A couple of months before the recordings took place, Conor left the band, with Tryfon and Andreas continuing as a duo. The album was released in June 2012 by the independent label Evening Economies/Fat Bob Records and accompanied by an extended UK tour. From working men’s clubs and mainstream pubs to the Dalston hipster playground, the response was overwhelming.
Off the back of the vibe, Sugar House production approached the band in 2013, offering to produce an EP, and develop the band. While recording with Sugar House, Factory Records’ first signing Vini Reilly became a fan and a good friend of the band, seeking to co-write with Tryfon and Andreas. This collaboration brought Old House Playground and Vini Reilly’s Durutti Column together at the Chorlton Arts Festival in May 2014, curated by Dave Haslam where the band were hugely appreciated by their Manchester audience. Later that night Tryfon sang onstage with Vini for the Durutti Column’s first Manchester performance for five years.
September 2014 finds the band with a new Bass player. Jago Furnas moved from London to Manchester to join the band and his musicality has proved inspiring. Sugar House’s production has also been key in moving forward. Their latest EP, that was released on 22nd June 2015, is the result of this ongoing commitment, and strips down the band’s sound. Melodies are more exposed, there is a fluency to the band’s work, old boundaries have been broken, and new forms created. The new songs have been given airplay around the world and received excellent reviews around blogs and online music press.
The band’s new single “21st Century Glory” is to be released on the 16th of November as digital download. The new song together with the b-side “Love And Other Demons” were only included on the vinyl version of their latest EP.
Parallel to these sessions, Old House Playground have been working with Oscar winning music producer Clive Martin (David Byrne, “The Last Emperor”) composing the musical score for Barney Spender’s documentary “The Road to Sparta”. The film depicts competitors running the 246 km race from Athens to Sparta, and Old House Playground’s urgent Cretan rhythms and driving rebetiko provide an evocative soundtrack.The film is scheduled to premier at the beginning of 2016.
“Listening to The Great Escape EP, thoughts wondered whether if Edgar Allan Poe was around today creating dark literary masterpieces, would he be listening to and most likely involving the music of UK based Old House Playground somewhere”
The Ringmaster Review
“The Great Escape” EP comes across as a hybrid of Tindersticks, Nick Cave and Tito & Tarantula delivered with the sophistication of Chris Isaak, leaving behind a release that’s nothing short of wonderful”
Real Gone Rocks