The past few years have marked a period of significant creative release for stunningly original modern rock band, Marcy Playground. With 2009’s critically-acclaimed “Leaving Wonderland…in a fit of rage” fans were invited to experience an emotional rollercoaster on what frontman John Wozniak calls the “most personal record *he’s+ ever made.” Born from both a turbulent and intense time in Wozniak’s life, each song digs deep for the band and listeners alike.
Yet MP weren’t the only ones privy to creating their own intimate sound. They crowd sourced with a follow-up 2010 release “Indaba Remixes from Wonderland,” offering fans the opportunity to put their own unique twist on “Leaving Wonderland…in a fit of rage” songs by remixing them. Tracks selected for inclusion on this cd release and digital collection by Capitol/EMI/Woz (Wozniak’s own record label) were chosen by the band from the hundreds submitted from talented fans.
Now veterans of the music business for over 10 years, Marcy Playground got their start in 1997 when they shot onto the scene with irresistible Billboard chart-topper “Sex and Candy,” a song that maintained its position as number one for fifteen consecutive weeks and a self-titled debut album that sold 1.7 million copies. Though commercially ambiguous in comparison, posterior albums “Shapeshifter” (1999) and “Marcy Playground 3” (MP3) (2004) demonstrated tremendous periods of creative growth for the group and are recognized as “cult classics” among the band’s dedicated fans.
As of late, Wozniak has spent much of his time on the other side of the microphone, perfecting his production skills in the recording studio. Between 1999 and 2006 Wozniak operated as owner of famous Vancouver recording studio ‘Mushroom,’ where he recorded and produced Marcy’s third album “MP3” as well as albums by Canadian rock bands Stabilo and The Weekend’s “Beatbox my Heartbeat.” Hit records also blossomed for Mushroom during this time, including material from musical acts Matthew Good, Mudhoney, Tegan and Sara, Sam Roberts, Hot Hot Heat, as well as Daniel Powter’s multi-platinum self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. (produced by Vancouver producer Jeff Dawson and Mitchell Froom). Dawson himself caught Wozniak’s ear with his work at Mushroom on Powter’s pre-production sessions, leading to their collaboration on “Leaving Wonderland…in a fit of rage.” Powter himself also contributes a piano track to one of Wonderland’s stand-out songs, “Gin and Money,” as well as notable Vancouver studio players Darren Paris, Niko Friesen, Simon Kendall, Mark Wilde and Dave Pickell.
With songs existing outside of the current musical fashion, Marcy Playground has established a timeless feel that has gained notice by the big screen. Today you can find their material featured on soundtracks such as Cruel Intentions, Antitrust, Simply Irresistible, Hurricane Streets, as well as many films by writer/director Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back, Zack and Miri Make a Porno).
2012 finds Marcy Playground looking forward to their b-sides and rarities album scheduled for release later this year. Yet that’s not all on their plate: Marcy Playground are currently in the process of writing new material to provide their fans with signature sounds. Meanwhile, catch members Wozniak, bassist Dylan Keefe and new drummer Shlomi Lavie on their international tour to experience the Playground live at a venue nearest you.
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