Playhouse, Canada’s melodic hard rock masters, release their brand new album, ‘Dancing At Funerals‘; Announce Album Launch Premiere Show.
‘Dancing At Funerals‘ presents a mature and classic sounding Playhouse and a very diverse ride through 13 original, yet different tracks; it’s a musical journey through life.
Vocalist Peter Cat explains: “‘Dancing At Funerals‘ is a beautifully-crafted, dark record. Inspired by the dead and written for the living. It’s our best record so far!”
The album release has been preceded by the release of 3 single’s, ‘The Storm‘, ‘Hell’s A Long Way Down‘ and ‘Champagne‘ all have which have been receiving critical acclaim from media and fan’s alike. ‘Hell’s A Long Way Down‘ is a great example of a more mature Playhouse and has been a front-runner for the album.
Vocalist Peter Cat gives some background about the track:
“Danny sent me chords and music to a beautiful country song. I wrote a melody and lyrics about a sinner in Memphis, Tennessee who confesses on his death bed to a priest who also happens to be his younger brother. “Hell’s a long way down,” the priest says!”
The track was recorded between September 2020 and May 2021 at Uplift Studios and produced by Kevin Jardine, written and performed by Playhouse. Video was filmed and directed by Jared Pollack of Jared Pollack Media.
Peter Cat: “This is a beautiful country rock song and we are really proud that it’s tasty like a Tennessee Whiskey”
The most recent single from the album, ‘Champagne’, features rapper Annakin Slade who delivers a cool and subtle piece to the song. The latest single switches gears from the band’s usual hard rock vibe and throws an emotional twist into a cool, summer, classic. The band offers some incite into the single:
Bassist – Danny Williams – “Pete came over to my place one night, we had some wine and ended up writing Champagne. Our producer Kevin Jardine suggested we get Annakin Slayd to lay down a rap and when all was said and done, we ended up with a feel good summer song.”
‘Dancing At Funerals‘ is now available in all digital formats: here
Order the CD now: here
Formed in 1987, five high school friends set out to be the biggest rock band to ever come out of Canada. With a reputation for their high energy shows and big anthems, they quickly began filling every club & theater that they played. The band was destined for global success, selling thousands of copies of their two EP’s; 1988’s ‘Little Monster‘ and 1990’s ‘Tongue, Tied & Twisted‘. Just like so many bands in the early 90’s, the success that seemed to be theirs for the taking never fully manifested and after almost a decade of decadence and steady touring in support of such bands as Extreme, Killer Dwarfs, Lee Aaron and Harem Scarem, the band decided to call it quits. It was an end of an era………but some things never fully come to an end.
Fast forward to 2016 – the band reunites and enters the studio with veteran producer and guitarist of Slaves on Dope; Kevin Jardine, to record new songs. In 2017, for the 1st time in 25 years, Playhouse returned to the stage with a sold out comeback show in Montreal, Canada. Many high profile shows followed, including opening slots for The Dead Daisies, L.A. Guns, Buckcherry, Dizzy Reed’s Hookers & Blow, Helix, and Warrior Soul. The band also releases their first album ‘The Rock N’ Roll Circus‘ to critical acclaim in 2018 and followed that up with a single and video,’Revolution Tonight‘ in 2020!
The band has joined forces once again with legendary Canadian producer Kevin Jardine (Faith No More, Mastodon, Run DMC, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Korn, Sepultura, Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, Men Without Hats). This album is sure to turn a lot of heads and will open the ears of the core fans as well as new listeners alike.
In conjunction with the albums debut, Playhouse is celebrating the bands 35 Year Anniversary with a special album release show at the Cafe’ Campus in Montreal on Saturday, July 23. For tickets and information about the show click the links below:
Vocals: Peter Cat
Bass: Danny Williams
Guitar: Eric “Freak” Westergard
Drums: Steve Creep
Tour dates are being announced for the ‘Too Old To Die Young‘ Tour. Updates for everything that is Playhouse can be found at the links below:
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