Saturday, April 15, 2006


ALBUM: English Self Storage
FILE UNDER: Indie / Punk / Alternative
LABEL: sinkandstove
INFO: It’s all about timing. The Playwrights are a majestic and angular indie-rock band from Bristol, England, with a strong pop edge. Formed in 2001 by friends and long-time collaborators Aaron Dewey (vocals) and Benjamin Shillabeer (guitar) the duo initially demoed, over the course of a year, a collection of homespun experimental indie-pop songs in bedrooms and office blocks in Bristol and beyond. Not wishing to re-record the songs or to lose momentum, the pair set about getting a band together and subsequently released the ‘finished’ recordings as a clutch of singles and an album on Benjamin’s acclaimed label Sink and Stove in 2003. This early material started receiving excellent reviews - from the likes of the UK’s mainstream music press (The Independent, Rocksound and Losing Today amongst others) to more grassroots platforms; as word-of-mouth responses found the The Playwrights namechecked and playlisted on webzines, blogs and radio shows across Europe, Canada and the USA. The album ‘Good Beneath The Radar’ was included in the late John Peel’s lists that year and he played the band’s first single ‘Television In Other Cities’ back in April 2003. However the success of these recordings wasn’t matched by the progress of the new band, which saw a series of frustratingly shifting line-ups and personnel changes, as the right balance of personalities and instrumentation was sought.
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