Eastfield: Peace • Love • Fire – album review

Eastfield ‘Peace • Love • Fire’ (Baszdmeg)
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The brand new album from urban rail punks Eastfield …but just what the fuck is ‘urban rail punk’? I hear you cry – essentially it’s punk rock with an overriding theme concerning locomotion, and by that they mean standard gauge as opposed to Little Eva or Ms Minogue – simple.

‘Peace Love Fire’ is (we think) the 6th full length Eastfield release, and that includes the 2CD 62trk compilation ‘Urban Rail Punk’ – even by my retarded math that’s a career spanning some 120 released tracks; not bad for a band with the mantra “Three chords good, four chords bad”, but what’s this?

Whilst reading the sleeve notes I notice a guest bassist deputising for the legendary Bambi – have Eastfield sold out, have Eastfield discovered a Berber jazz-fusion vibe, have they brought in elements of Kun-borrk? Surely not Eastfield, stalwarts of the DIY punk scene; I hastily chuck the CD into the tray (sadly there isn’t a vinyl edition), anticipation builds – what if Eastfield have gone against their mantra, a forth chord, parallel keys, half step or even; God forbid…Improvisation!!

Amendment: Bambi did play on the majority of ‘Peace • Love • Fire’ – lets face it, it wouldn’t be Eastfield without him!! Sox (Cretin 77) deputised on a couple of tracks whilst Bambi was unavailable. This amendment is useful as it allows us to suggest that you check out Cretin 77’s eponymous debut release, which cam out last year, and made the Louder Than War Top 100 albums of the Year.

And…relax… ‘Railyard Blues’ is as they say “another boring Eastfield song” – Rock solid three chord punk, short choppy guitar, simple effective drum patterns and a lyrical agenda that straddles politics, pop culture and, yes locomotion all delivered with a sly smile; the genius ‘Hucknall! Get Out Of My Car!’ as Jessie and Trina bounce lyrics against each other.

By now I had settled, the waves of panic ebbing away. Obviously ‘Peace Love Fire’ sounds like all the other previous Eastfield releases, it would of failed if it hadn’t – however there is a musical progression from the previous ‘Detonation Junction’ album; it is more melodic, its tighter, though certainly never loses any of the sardonic wit that characterizes the band; titles like ‘The Chilli Line’ and the wonderfully phrased ‘There’s A Bavarian In The Back Of My Car’ with the standard “1,2,3,4” which propels us into one of the most basic sub Ramones structures you could ever have the pleasure of discovering – the rabble rouser ‘Straight Outta Santa Fe’ will have the Eastfield faithful punching the air at any of the gigs they perform throughout the UK and into Europe on a seemingly unending tour.

Lyrically Eastfield remain on familiar lyrical ground; fellowship, the intransigence of commercial and government bodies, and also being able to smile in the face of adversity.
Eastfield remain true to their ethos; they are not about development; they mock themselves ‘Another Boring Eastfield Song’ was included on their ‘Express Train To Doomsville’ album – you don’t need to worry that one of your favourite bands have discovered Tuvan throat singing; Eastfield stick to what they and their audience like – Bouncy up-tempo simple punk rock.


1. Railyard Blues
2. Hucknall! Get Out Of My Car!
3. Jesus Christ! Turcostar!
4. Amuse Me
5. The Chilli Line
6. Straight Outa Santa Fe
7. Sky Burial At Worton Crag
8. You Can’t Do that On The Moon
9. There’s A Bavarian In The Back Of My Car
10. Angoisse Des Gares

We are currently offering ‘Peace • Love • Fire’ at the Louder Than War Shop £7.75 inc P&P while stocks last.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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