MAXI GEIL! AND PLAYCOLT
The music of Maxi Geil and Playcolt! embodies the thrill of eighties New York City. It captures the electric seediness and sexuality, it's elegance and it's shabbiness.
Born during the best days of Roxy Music and generation too late for the late for 70's No Wave and the 80's East Village Art Scene, NYC native Guy Richard Smit captures and breathes out his modern day vision, badly out of control and dancing in the streets.
The resulting songs combine a searing critique of American cultures dumbed down pap coupled with a clever appraisal of great American songbook Writers Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. The key to Smits contribution is his understanding of the great lyricists Jacques Brel, Mark E. Smith, Nick Cave, Scott Walker, the Pet Shop Boys, Ray Davies as well as a love for a great melody and infectious Rhythms.
Maxi Geil! & PlayColt was conceived by Guy Richards Smit in order to record music for his Rock Operas " The Ballad of Bad Orpheus" and " Nausea 2", which have been exhibited and screened internationally. Comprised of art school pal Fritz Chesnut and a revolving cast of friends, early incarnations of Smit's group had a loose and casual quality. In 2003 a band took shape especially when looking for a female accompanist he tracked down vocalist Rebecca Chamberlain, known for her work with the quintessential NYC art band Infant Reader and Elektra recording artists Research. Drummer Jeff Somoya followed after hearing the two at the NYC theater Joe's Pub, where he worked sound. After inviting Maxi Geil! to perform on his afternoon radio show on free form WFMU, John Allen soon joined up on lead guitar. Guy's downstairs neighbor, Mark Ephraim, came up to complain about the noise at 5AM, and rounded out the sextet on Rhythm guitar.
12" LIMITED EDITION PICTURE DISC SPLIT SINGLE:
MAKIN' LOVE IN THE SUNSHINE/ THAT'S HOW THE STORY GOES special edition vinyl
'Strange Sensation' Released Oct 23rd 2006
'Making Love in The Sunshine' including Matty Benbrook remix, released March 2007
'Strange Sensation' Released April 2007