The 90s were kind to live rock in Brisbane; Powderfinger, Regurgitator, Pangea were all spawned out of a highly vibrant Brisbane scene; at the forefront of that wave were Pharaoh's Playground, a trio on the cutting edge of heavy rock, which was to pave the way to Brisbane's metal scene of the early 2000s launching acts such as The Butterfly Effect, Dead Letter Circus and Melodyssey.
The debut release of EP Forked Tongue saw Pharaohs Playground receive Triple J airplay with the title track championed by then Triple J DJ Costa Zoulio. The Track - Forked Tongue, was in turn added to the 1996 Tripe J Compilation THIRTEEN. The bands second release Latitude (1997) continued to raise the bands profile resulting in a Rolling Stone review by Richard Kingsmill and more Triple J airplay. The band toured the east coast extensively performing with such acts as The Divinyls, Skunkhour, the Dreamkillers and was part of the now legendary Blowhard Boat Cruise.
The band then took a hiatus with an album and a half worth of recorded material on the shelf. William completed a music degree before moving to Sydney and London respectively; Matthew completed a Music degree at Queensland Conservatorium, whilst Rob moved to the country. William, Matt and Rob continued to play and record on various projects; William released a solo album and later an album with Rob under the band name LEVON and Matthew recorded and released two solo records. However the guys always stayed in touch, played on each others projects and remained the best of friends…fast forward to 2012……
Pharaohs Playground are back and sounding as good as ever with a new album full of new material – MANY HANDS.
Two years in the making and recorded with Caleb James the album highlights the bands strengths and is a real progression in both style and quality. Whilst the hard edge remains the album focuses more on the song and what transpires is an album destined to be part of Brisbane folklore for many a year.