Marcy Playground's Wozniak Holds Virtual Chatfest

Cyber-Q&A session covers Playground's new video and current tour.

John Wozniak of Marcy Playground wandered up to the SonicNet chat

tent

last Friday at Live 105-FM's BFD rock festival and settled into a

white

plastic

chair.

Dressed in a blue cardigan sweater, with a tangle of silver chains

dangling

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

needy

missives in quite significant numbers.

Last year, indie-pop aficionados registered platinum-level approval

of the

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" (RealAudio excerpt). This Friday (June 26), Wozniak

and

cohorts Dylan Keefe (bass) and Dan Reiser (drums) will be offering

fans a

chance to download an entire

video clip of their new track, "St. Joe on the Schoolbus." The clip will

be

available on their label's website

(http://hollywoodandvine.com/marcyplayground).

The video, directed by the British production team Hammer and

Tongs, finds

the 27-year-old Wozniak swapping guitar and mic for the tools of the

veterinary trade.

For fans such as 21-year-old Greg Boyd of New York, who got a

special sneak

peek of the "St. Joe on the Schoolbus" video on Marcy Playground's

tour

bus, the threesome's latest effort shows a more contemplative side of

the

band.

"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

the

video and enjoy the way that the band looks more mature and fits

the song

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

the

video?" to "Where did the song 'Opium' come from?" and several less

sophisticated stops in between, the unassuming Wozniak sat

patiently,

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

been

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

pretty

intense."

Wozniak expressed surprise at the heat generated by the lazy love

anthem

"Sex and Candy." "I'm really shocked that it's gotten as much

attention as

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

unbearable

quite yet. "Lots and lots of frantic people are coming out to our

concerts.

More than I ever imagined existed on Planet Earth."

As the last of the curious and ludicrous questions passed through the

chat

room, Wozniak signed off, bidding adieu to the unseen thousands to

whom

he'd been

virtually talking. "At some point, I hope to see the people I'm

actually

chatting with. But until then ... I can fantasize about all the hot chicks

tip-tapping away on their keyboards. Thanks. Bye."