The Playmakers

The Playmakers

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Formed in the summer of 2011 'The Playmakers' have received rave reviews from the music press for their first two demos and have quickly built up a reputation with a string of impressive live performances in the South West and London.

Biography

Charlie Cooper and Will Jones met at school in Cirencester and played for the same local football team. They shared the same passion for music and football and it was no surprise when they eventually got together and began to write songs.

They first appeared together on stage at the Vaults in Cirencester in October 2010 playing acoustic and electric guitars. They did a few more gigs in this format as the Absolute Beginners but it was when they changed their name to The Playmakers and recruited a drummer that things really began to take off.

Seventeen year old Joe Arthur (his name was soon changed to Joe Drummer by his band mates) from Broad Town near Swindon answered an advert in the music press and made his debut in the recording studio in April 2011 for the recording of She’s A Mystery.

He slotted in straight away and brought in a whole new dimension to the band.

The dedication of practising 10 hours a week in Will’s parent’s garage paid off with a superb debut gig at the prestigious Fleece in Bristol on Sunday 31st July.

The Playmakers are difficult to pin down and pigeon hole in terms of who they sound like. They have a raft of influences from The Beatles, the Who, Ramones (who Will and Charlie saw together as 15 year olds) The La’s, Jam, Clash, Stone Roses and Libertines. Those influences are sprinkled through their songs without being obvious.

They already have a sound of their own – It is back to basics, stripped down, lo-fi with the songs being able to breath and speak for themselves. Charlie’s chord based driving guitar sound works together with Joe’s inspired drumming, which is tight and carry’s the songs with colour and variation that lifts the rhythm.

It is Will Jones’s bass that plays the melodic part, taking on a totally different twist to the standard guitar, bass and drums approach and lending itself completely to their own sound and songs. Charlie’s voice is distinct and different and the sum of all these parts make’s them very special and unique in today’s music landscape.

Lyrics

She's A Mystery

Written By: The Playmakers

here i stand all palid and grim
what used to be thick is now thinner than thin
and i'll stray deep into the unknown
far from the comfort of home

and i'll wake from sleep sometimes
haunted by these ghosts of mine
shes become a vision, a fantasy
and she remains a mystery
she remains a mystery
she remains a mystery

and when she has gone beyond recalling away
earths foundations rock and sway
but then the feeling fades

From Here

Written By: The Playmakers

Where is she now I can’t get started
She and I have long been parted too long
And lies and jealousy unties so carelessly
It comes around but as quick as it comes shes gone

You’re so tactless and we're so reckless
i guess it’s beyond us and I don’t give a dam
And now you'll pick at my bones
And how you’ll tell me I’ve grown
Well you know as well as I by yourself it’s a long way home
From here by yourself it’s a long way home
From here by yourself it’s a long way home

After all everything that we shared
In Smokey rooms and unmade beds
Sometimes I’d say I don’t care anymore
But if you pulled down the curtains I’d be waiting for applause

You’re so tactless and we're so reckless
I guess it’s beyond us and I don’t give a dam
And now you’ll pick at my bones
And how you’ll tell me I’ve grown
Well you know as well as I by yourself it’s a long way home
From here by yourself it’s a long way home
From here by yourself it’s a long way home

Modern Basics

Written By: The Playmakers


You wake up with a bloody nose
an aching head the smell of sick on your clothes
this baron land so bare and bleak
you call this living on £53 a week

and Martha’s boy was on top of the pops
its forecast for rain have you got what i got
and armchair bingo and tea at five
and all the familys fine theyre all fine

and you can run run run boy run
keep running till your coughing up lungs
you think your tough but your living a dream
well listen son you gotta be all you can be

whatever possesed you what numbs the pain?
you got yourelf worked up in a right old state
with both hands down and eyes withdrawn
sometimes you wish you wish youd never been born

and marthas boy was got 2 more years
the weathers been nice and i wish you were here
and armchair bingo and teas at five
and all the familys fine theyre just fine

i know your bound to
i see myself in you
those sunken eyes of blue

The Boys From Up the Hill

Written By: The Playmakers

we're brothers in arms our blood is thicker than theory
you once passed me by but now i hold you so dearly
and roll up your sleeves and get up off your knees
it's all short back and sides you and me thick as theives

here they come the boys from up the hill
here they come the boys from up the hill

stumbling down too many one way streets
and drinking yourself into one too many tankard dreams
and now here comes the thunder, theyll pillage and plunder
but dont they look smart when theres safety in numbers

here they come the boys from up the hill
here they come the boys from up the hill

can you see them
can you hear them

here they come the boys from up the hill
here they come the boys from up the hill

here they come here they come
here they come here they come