Playmaker are a four piece band with a classic line up of bass, drums, two guitars and two vocals. They mix tunes with power chords and deliver with exactly the right amount of attitude to create an eclectic sound, which is both unique and instantly addictive. Originally from all four points of the English compass, Playmaker are now based in London, where they have built up a strong reputation for their live performances.
The band have previously released their ‘Arizona’ single through small Indie label Pale Fox – it topped the Storm Radio listeners chart for 5 weeks running. It was also played by Steve Lamacq and Clare Sturgess on XFM. On hearing the single, Crowded House manager Grant Thomas immediately licensed the single via Pale Fox for release in Australia on his Indie label Little Big Music. The video for Arizona, featuring the band playing in a battered caravan was directed by Jon Harris (editor of Snatch and Layer Cake).
In March 2011 Playmaker toured China playing six dates, three in Beijing and three in Qingdao on the East coast. They were the first ever British band to play in Qingdao, headlining the Qingdao Max Festival in front of 2000 people. Their Chinese adventure made such an impression they have been invited back every year since to play more festivals.
After releasing a single and EP and with some new tracks recorded, Playmaker decided in 2013 to release a debut album – “Lucky Bag”. Playmaker turned to Kickstarter to fund the project and passed their target of £1700. The album was released in March 2013.
Their new single, The Girl Who Thought She Could Fly, was released this July and the album of the same name will be released Spring 2015.
Playmaker are –
Paul Rey-Burns – Guitar and Lead Vocals
Matt Monks – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
Stacy Harman – Bass
Pete Lewis – Drums