The 90s were kind to live rock in Brisbane; Powderfinger, Regurgitator, Pangea were all spawned out of a highly vibrant Brisbane, splitting genres and gaining a reputation as Australia’s most innovative 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 Zouliou. The Track - Forked Tongue, was in turn added to the 1996 compilation triple j’s THIRTEEN. The bands second release Latitude (1997) continued to raise the bands profile resulting in a Rolling Stone review by Richard Kingsmill, more Triple J airplay and a reputation as one of Brisbane’s best live acts. The band toured the east coast extensively performing with such acts as Skunkhour, the Dreamkillers, The Divinyls, and was part of the now legendary Blowhard Boat Cruise.
The band then took a hiatus with an album and a half’s worth of recorded material on the shelf. Singer/songwriter William Lebihan completed a music degree before moving to Sydney and London respectively; guitarist Matthew Mikkelsen completed a Music degree at Queensland Conservatorium, whilst drummer Rob Penman 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. The friends always stayed in touch and played on each other’s projects, but the nagging feeling of unfinished business remained.
Fast forward to 2012 and Pharaohs Playground are back and sounding as good as ever with a new album full of new material – MANY HANDS - AVAILABLE NOW VIA ITUNES