EP: The Great Escape by 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.
In 2009, Tryfon Lazos (vocals, guitars) and Andreas Venetantes (drums, percussion) together with bass player Conor Loughran – and recently substituted by Jago Furnas – 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 met producer/musician Chris Evans, with whom they would record their first album God Damn That Gold.
Now, after have spent long nights playing in Manchester pubs, spring 2015 finds the band busy with new projects, plans and musical perspectives.
The new EP The Great Escape, to be released 22nd June, 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. 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 be premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016.
Listen to Polite Fiction and Stardance here below, two pearls from The Great Escape.
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