This year The Eastern will celebrate 13 years making music together. Formed in 2006 by core members Adam McGrath and Jess Shanks, the grassroots group have tucked four albums and three EPs, under their belts, and averaged 230 shows a year. Certainly one of the hardest working bands in New Zealand, they have literally played everywhere from Nashville to Timaru, Portland to Papanui.
The band itself is more of a moveable feast in terms of it's players and their role in it. But home is where the heart is, and their hearts are very much in Lyttelton.
The Eastern play because they have to, not to see their faces in a magazine or in a video or on a chart. They'll play because they care, about the songs, about the show, about the folks they meet and the hands they shake. They play like it matters, like it's all they know how to do – 'cause it does and it is.
This is a group with an ethic and a following!