Eastfield

Eastfield ‘Family Of Sound‘ (Baszdmeg Records)
CD | DL | Ltd 7″
Rel Date: Available now

You would imagine, when as a band you self-impose the discipline of “three chords good – four chords bad” things could get a little bit monotonous, then add on the self-deprecating tag line “just another boring Eastfield song” and really anything these urban rail punks churn out should be ignored… that would be a mistake, and having just had ‘Pin Me To The Moral High Ground’ on repeat for the last 20mins it would be a mistake of gargantuan proportions;

Eastfield are back with a blistering 4-track EP, the opener ‘High Ground’ clatters along with buzz saw guitar, solid propulsive beats, and rigid bass provide the depth, whilst some of Eastfield’s best witty and sarcastic vocals in years bring a huge smile to your face; Jessie as ever provides the lead, but Trina’s crucial backing elevate the track as they add shards of luminescent colour, you can hear the joy with which this was recorded.

Similarly with ‘Just Getting Going’, another blast of early punk vibe with the expected three-chord progressions, as they rail (sorry) against social injustice, rail operators and anything else that lands in their collective sights, the difference being its not a rant, these are barbed lyrics but delivered with a huge dollop of humour…’Johnny McDonald’ careers to a halt after a mere 110 chaotic seconds having crammed in a rabble rousing punch the air chorus that will the mosh pits raging, a breakdown and some slash and burn guitar work; how can you not love it?
‘Colours of the Weym Bow’ has been in the bands live set for the past 12mths so its good to hear it finally captured in a studio, another rebel yell sing-along chorus delivering the DIY underground punk message; this entire EP is Eastfield at their finest!

CD EP is available from Eastfield
Ltd 7″ is available from Urinal Vinyl

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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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