Games We Play

Thursday 31/08/2023
  • Games We Play
  • Date: Thursday 31/08/2023
  • Time: 7.00pm
  • Price: £10
  • Age Restrictions: 16+
  • Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach

Practically predestined to play pop punk, Games We Play a.k.a. Emmyn Calleiro sings the kinds of hooks you text your ex (and not because you still care or anything!)

The Miami-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer turns up with an upbeat and undeniable sound of his own—like a one-man Warped Tour, but with a propensity for 21 st century virality. All the while, he’s not afraid to be honest about his ups and downs, representing the feelings of every kid (and adult) who doesn’t have it all figured out yet.

Allow him to introduce himself on his major label debut, Get A Job EP [Fueled By Ramen/DCD2 Records]. Growing up the oldest of five siblings in Miami, Emmyn fell in love with pop punk after his dad showed him a video of Blink-182 at Big Day Out in Sydney, Australia circa 2000. As much as the music appealed to him, it was Tom DeLonge’s introduction to “Aliens Exist”—which went something like, “Alright, here’s a song when aliens fly into your butt”—that sealed the deal. He couldn’t stop laughing, and they became his favorite band. In between listening to everyone from Turnstile to Knocked Loose to Masked Intruder, he cut his teeth by playing music in church. Once the worship leader left, it was up to Emmyn to learn bass and drums as he simultaneously perfected his guitar and vocal skills. Dropping out in eighth grade, mum and dad even let him fly to New York at 15-years-old for his first recording session.

A year later, he embarked on his first tour, but it didn’t quite go according to plan. “I crashed the van,” he recalls. “We played one show, but on the second day, I got in an accident. Everybody else was okay, thankfully. I just ended up with a really ugly scar on my back.” Eventually, the family relocated to Nashville, as Games We Play made waves with the Senior Year EP during 2018. But he put the band on the backburner for a period of time. Getting married and moving in with his wife Dani, she pushed him to go all out.