“21st Century Glory” is a rawker with the rough hook you would expect from only the best in today’s music with the rustic overture of of chugging guitars and authentic horns while “Love And Other Demons” harks back to the days of “Minnie The Moocher” with a soulful and bluesy narrative taking vocals and Les Paul (the man not the guitar) style licks and muted trumpet dueling it out for your soul."
"Old House Playground have managed to capture the real essence of blues and given it their own spin, resulting in an uncomplicated piece of music that’s surely far too fattening for your soul. Nevertheless, I heartily recommend this indulgence."
Ciaran Stewart @ We Close Tonight
"Nick Drake channels Elvis singing to a Tarentino film score powerful and addictive!" - Nick Tann @ Is This Thing On - Independent Music Podcast
"Tryfon Lazos is an extremely talented singer who writes far better songs in his second language than most people could ever hope to write in their native tongue.
He and percussionist Andreas Venetantes, have traveled through Europe like Medieval troubadours, and as if in punishment for their sins, have ended up here... "In this land, the sun never shows".
Bob Osborne @ Bob's Aural Delights - Salford City Radio
“They've got the deep, gravelly lo-fi blues with a bit of old-time swing and rockabilly on the side - imagine a pared down Bedlam Six fronted by a young hybrid of Jack White and Nick Cave. His lyrics are dark, twisted stories with a certain literary flair”.
Old House Playground is a three piece contemporary blues/alt-rock band with roots in the songwriting culture of traditional Greek folk music. Inspired by the likes of Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Nick Cave and Greek artists Psarantonis, and Marcos Vamvakaris, rhythmic compositions are fused with analog sounds to create gunpowder-smoked tunes.
Old House Playground released their first album “God Damn That Gold” in June 2012 (Evening Economies/Fat Bob Records), followed by an extended UK tour, from working men’s clubs and mainstream pubs to the Dalston hipster playground. The band finished the tour at Chorlton Arts Festival were they shared the stage with the legendary guitar player Vini Reilly (The Durutti Column).
Spring 2015 found the band busy with new projects, plans and musical perspectives. Their latest EP "The Great Escape" was released on 22/June/2015 as the result of this ongoing commitment, and strips down the band’s sound: Melodies are more exposed, there is a fluency to the band’s work, old boundaries have been broken, and new forms created. The release received excellent reviews, got airplay in countries all around the world and was followed by a tour in Spain, France and UK.
Parallel to these sessions, Old House Playground have been working with Oscar winning music producer Clive Martin (David Byrne, “The Last Emperor”) composing the musical score for the film documentary "The Road To Sparta", produced and directed by Barney Spender, to be released later September 2016..
Tryfon Lazos: guitars, vocals
Andreas Venetantes: drums, percussion
Jago Furnas: bass, backing vocals