John Wozniak of Marcy Playground wandered up to the SonicNet chat
last Friday at Live 105-FM's BFD rock festival and settled into a
Dressed in a blue cardigan sweater, with a tangle of silver chains
from his neck, the guitarist/singer was on hand to do his bit for the
masses he's recently succeeded in luring to his Playground.
That is, he was there to field cyberquestions from rabid Playground
adherents all over the country.
And there was ample reason to believe they'd be submitting their
missives in quite significant numbers.
Last year, indie-pop aficionados registered platinum-level approval
New York-based trio's self-titled debut album and its single
HREF="http://www.addict.com/music/Marcy_Playground/Sex_And_Candy.ram">"Sex and Candy"
Candy"(RealAudio excerpt). This Friday (June 26), Wozniak
cohorts Dylan Keefe (bass) and Dan Reiser (drums) will be offering
chance to download an entire
video clip of their new track, "St. Joe on the Schoolbus." The clip will
available on their label's website
The video, directed by the British production team Hammer and
the 27-year-old Wozniak swapping guitar and mic for the tools of the
For fans such as 21-year-old Greg Boyd of New York, who got a
peek of the "St. Joe on the Schoolbus" video on Marcy Playground's
bus, the threesome's latest effort shows a more contemplative side of
"I saw the video for 'St. Joe' about three weeks ago ... I am good
friends with John and he cranked it out one night," Boyd said. "I love
video and enjoy the way that the band looks more mature and fits
well. 'Sex and Candy' didn't do it for me in the video format. It's not
what I expected, I guess."
As fans sent in queries that ranged from "What's that green stuff in
video?" to "Where did the song 'Opium' come from?" and several less
sophisticated stops in between, the unassuming Wozniak sat
chewing tobacco and spitting the excess juice into a clear glass bottle.
Wozniak said that between tour dates in support of the first LP, he's
writing new tunes wherever and whenever he gets a chance.
"Currently, I'm writing in the hotel rooms and on the bus and in the
dressing rooms, because I haven't been home ... in several months,"
Wozniak said of the time he's spent away from his wife of three
years and his
20-month-old son. "I just wrote a song recently that is a Led
Zeppelinesque kind of rock song. Musically and emotionally, it's
Wozniak expressed surprise at the heat generated by the lazy love
"Sex and Candy." "I'm really shocked that it's gotten as much
it has, since I wrote it in my bedroom at 4 a.m.," he said.
He added that trotting out the hit each night hasn't gotten
quite yet. "Lots and lots of frantic people are coming out to our
More than I ever imagined existed on Planet Earth."
As the last of the curious and ludicrous questions passed through the
room, Wozniak signed off, bidding adieu to the unseen thousands to
virtually talking. "At some point, I hope to see the people I'm
chatting with. But until then ... I can fantasize about all the hot chicks
tip-tapping away on their keyboards. Thanks. Bye."