Welcome The Playing Fields (UK) to the Patetico Family!

Posted: February 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The Playing Fields are a London based band who released their debut album “Hello New World” on the CactiShed Record label in 2007. The second album “Hungry Ghosts” is scheduled for release in early 2012.


Settling on the name The Playing Fields in 2003/4, brothers Stephen & Michael Bland and bassist Jeff Baskett continued to forge a unique sound, dark, intense pieces fixed with beautifully melodious song-writing. In 2005 the band honed their performance skills with many gigs and a succession of drummers. The songs developed in complexity and with a harder rythmic drive. An acoustic version of their song “Valley of Salt” was featured on BBC TV’s Hustle.


Joined by drummer Ron Rosenblum & violinist Hannah Sless, the band recorded their debut LP “Hello New World” at The SickRoom Studios with Owen Turner from Magoo . The album was mastered by Kramer (from Second Shimmy Label/Galaxie 500/Lou Reed/Yo La Tengo fame). In December 2006 the album’s title track featured at number 7 on the Dandelion Radio continuation of the John Peel festive fifty list.


In 2007 the album hit the shops through CactiShed…Records, disrtibuted by Shellshock/Backs, receiving near unanimous fantastic reviews. 2007 gig highlights included a UK and European tour including the Camden Crawl, being supported by Metric, headlining at Dingwalls & a successful stint @ the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A single from the LP hit the shops on November 5, 2007.


Joined by ex-Brian Jonestown Massacre & current Swervedriver drummer Graham Bonnar, the band are curretly putting the final touches to their follow up LP, provisionally titled “Hungry Ghosts” and due for release in 2012.

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