ABOUT Play The Angel

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Play The Angel

Band monikers aren’t usually interesting enough to prompt a probing question, but a certain explosive
Canadian power-pop/rock group will soon make all of North America wonder: What does it mean
to “Play The Angel”?

One thing’s for sure, whether they’re angels hiding their halos or demons in disguise, these four rock
monsters sure don’t play around onstage-in fact, they’re downright “Indestructible,” the name of one
of the high octane tracks from their five song self-titled EP that got released on Mungo Park Records. To
assist them with their impending invasion of the U.S., they have holed up in the studio with acclaimed
Montreal based producer Eric Collard. Based on the major buzz Play the Angel has been generating, it’s
a good bet that they’ll help Collard add to his collection of two platinum records.

Since kicking the you-know-whats of 32 other bands and winning the Omnium du Rock contest in
Montreal, Play The Angel has been in nonstop motion. They cut their first demo with producer/engineer
Gautier Marinof-who worked with the legendary Bob Rock on Simple Plan's second release--at Studios
Piccolo, a facility favoured by local legends and international A-listers alike. Typifying the band’s work
ethic, frontman/guitarist Bobby Bisciglia says, “Three days, one broken cymbal, four snare skins, five
packs of strings, a few cases of beer and hours of home video footage later, we canned a kick-ass
demo.”

Though the band has kept live performances to a minimum lately to focus on their writing and
recording, they managed to keep their stage mojo going by rocking the infamous Van's Warped Tour,
sharing the stage with Sick Puppies and even being invited by Akon himself to his Hitlab Showcase. Some
of their songs have also been popping up in a lot of unique venues, from the Bell Centre-where the
fiery “Ready Or Not” has played regularly at Montreal Canadiens hockey games-to the cult hit Sid’s
Cycle Show on Canada’s MenTV and Global TV. Play The Angel was also featured in various Quebec
dailies.

Veterans of the Montreal rock scene remember Bobby and drummer Rob Tremblay when they were
members of the band One Away, who performed at such prestigious venues as Montreal's Hard Rock
Cafe, Metropolis, and even the Bell Centre, where they opened for rock icons Bon Jovi. Despite these
successes, the two were itching to explore new avenues and sounds, so they set off on their own,
quickly recruiting lead guitarist Phil Bérubé, who’d paid his dues slogging it out on Canada's stages with
various Francophone indie rock bands.

The search for a bassist was slightly more painstaking, but it paid off with their discovery of DominiK
Gagné, originally from ‘NecronomicoN’ with whom he co-headlined a Canadian tour with Kataklysm, and
also opened for such metal icons as King Diamond, Cradle of Filth, and Dimmu Borgir.

“The reason Play The Angel has such a great chemistry is because Rob and I went through a very heavy
audition process to find Phil and DominiK,” says Bobby. “Some people just want competent players. We

were looking for a lot of key things and we found them.”

“Play The Angel” is actually an old expression which means putting on a friendly, hypocritical façade; it
can be applied to a lack of honesty in intimate or everyday relationships but the band’s socio-political
mindset finds them also relating their songs to the political, corporate American and the general lack of
integrity side of it that frequently permeates our culture. “Indestructible” is one of these cuts, a song
Rob penned about questioning self-appointed authority figures and not letting them decide your future
for you. “Don’t Follow” is a poignant, acoustic oriented ballad written from the perspective of someone
dying in a hospital bed. He talks about the mistakes he made in life with drugs and alcohol, and warns
his listener that even though it all seems glamorous now, it’s best not to follow in his self-destructive
footsteps. “You & Me” is the EP’s expected single, and Play The Angel will soon be shooting a video for
it.”

“As crazy as it sounds,” Bobby says, “we’re really excited about the hard work that lies ahead. We made
a couple of big steps, but it’s just the beginning. It’s fun work and we're committed to it because music is
what we want to do with our lives. Everyone’s on the same page, and we’re definitely driving forward.”