Newmarket Music is excited to announce that the hardest working folks in showbiz, The Eastern (NZ) have returned to our shores with their phenomenal new double album, Hope & Wire.
Hope & Wire was recorded in a condemned house in the now red-zoned suburb of Dallington, offered by the Harris family. “They let us use their broken little house to record in before the insurance company knocked it down. We were in the mostly abandoned suburb of Dallington/Avonside for around four months, recording 12 hours a day most
“...you can smell the whiskey and dust on every song..true to the spirits of Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Patti Smith and Townes Van Zandt.” - The Sunday Star Times
Gritty, optimistic and heartfelt, The Eastern’s Hope & Wire tells a tale like no other. The first track on the release Gone tells of corporate greed and corruption, while Up Spinner tells the nostalgic story of a kiwi man paying his way playing two-up in Australia.
Hope & Wire, The Eastern’s third and most realised record yet, is loaded with stories, heart and harmony as well as the grand barroom philosophising and old time fury the band are known for. The rolling, rambling, shambling, family hoedown atmospheres they project in their live shows have endeared them to the hearts of many, and they play like the mean it, because they do.
Frontman Adam McGrath says the songs on Hope & Wire are dedicated to the people of Christchurch and the events that have consumed the city over the past year. ''At times it's sad, other times angry, but the overall theme of these songs is hope.”