Marcy Playground Biography
This highly original and melodic Alternative-Rock trio was formed in New York City, New York USA, in the mid-'90s when singer + guitarist & songwriter John Wozniak and bassist Dylan Keefe from Minneapolis with Ohio native Dan Rieser on drums, decided to start a band.
After spending months writing original music and recording, the band
hit the stage and began playing live shows opening for Toad
The Wet Sprocket. During that time, Marcy Playground inked a deal
with Columbia Records, which released their eponymous debut album in February
1997, the band then exploded onto the scene with the insanely irresistible
hit single "Sex And Candy", a song that notched an impressive
fifteen consecutive weeks at #1 on The Modern Rock Tracks chart; in early
1998 the single entered the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100 and pushed
the album to #21 on The Billboard Top 200. Their self-titled first LP
went on to sell 1.7 million copies and yielded two more singles "Sherry
Fraser" and "Saint Joe On The School Bus", the latter of
which peaked at #8 on The Modern Rock chart.
Released in late 1999, "Shapeshifter", largely failed to become a platinum-seller hit on the level of the debut disc and only one single, "It's Saturday", managed to crack the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart.
After an extended break, the band returned to action in the fall of 2003 with a new drummer in the line-up Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera, who replaced Rieser; the single "Deadly Handsome Man" preceded the release of the long awaited third album: "MP3".
With the release of the band's next album, "Leaving Wonderland...In A Fit Of Rage", Marcy Playground returned back on the road to both reconnect with their loyal audience and attract new fans. Joining Wozniak and Keefe was new drummer, Shlomi Lavie. The disc arrived in July 2009, it included the single "Blackbird".