The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time. Whether roaring as their big six piece string band or swinging the loud lonesome sound as a two piece and averaging over 200 shows a year, The Eastern can hold it down in all settings for all comers.
They’ve toured with Steve Earle (twice), the Old Crow Medicine Show (twice) and the Lil? Band of Gold as well as opening for everyone from Fleetwood Mac to the Jayhawks to Jimmy Barnes to Justin Townes Earle as well as Jim White, Victoria Williams and Vic Chestnut. Over the past six years having delivered up three albums (The Eastern, Arrows and Hope & Wire), three EP’s and near on 1000 shows, The Eastern have garnered a reputation as NZ’s hardest working band.