Having been called “A national treasure” by Radio New Zealand, ‘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 three piece and averaging over 200 shows a year, The Eastern can hold it down in all settings for all comers. Their song ‘State Houses by the River’ became one of APRA’s best five songs of the year and fought it out for the silver scroll song writing award. Their fourth record; ‘The Territory’. Released in October hit NZ charts in the number 2 position and so far spent 5 weeks in the top 10, became the number 1 country album on the NZ iTunes charts. These guys are one to experience live, at Coastella!