EASTFIELD NEWS    


photo - Elisabeth Blanchet

JANUARY 2017: New Year Sale Madness
Happy New Year folks. Different year, same 3 chords, so business as usual then.

Talking of business, a rarity in these parts, the Eastfield stock cupboard is looking fairly bare for a number of items:

The 'Urban Rail Punk' double CD album has totally sold out, meaning only half of the songs from that are currently available - namely on the Violated Records US collection. There are 5 each of the 'One Wrong...?' ep and 'Middleground 3' compilations. The 'Peace Love Fire' and 'Double Header' 12"s are now down to single figures and there are only a handful of mugs left.

In addition we have a few 'end of the line' of various old t-shirt designs left (including 2 x small black 'Peace Love Fire' ) and most other later designs are running low. All this is expected to go soon after we start gigging again at the end of January, so if you fancy getting in quick, please get in touch. All this is counterbalanced by finding a box of 'Loadhaul to Lhasa' eps which we thought had nearly sold out, so at least that's still available for a while.

Anyone going to gigs at the Hairy Dog in Derby please note that our friend and occasional merch guy Anthony has been running quite a substantial distro at punk and alternative gigs in the venue. Expect releases from many of the weird and wonderful bands we often play with and plenty of others in that ilk. All sold cheap as chips. To see what he's got, check out:

https://www.facebook.com/OneStopPunkRockShopDerby

Please note, he doesn't do mail order as would rather people ordered direct from the bands themselves. What a nice chap.


OCTOBER 2016: One-Two-Three-Ouch!
After 5 1/2 years in the hot seat, long standing drummer Pete has had to hang up his drumsticks - that's another one we've burnt out! It may be well documented that Eastfield have had a long line of drummers though Pete has been the longest serving and consequently is a big part of planet Eastfield. We shall be bumping into him from time to time and wish him all the best swilling scrumpy and the like.

As one door closes, another one reopens and we welcome back Ben into the fold. Now occupying the drum stool on a permanent basis he's another person who has also had a major part to play on the good ship Eastfield so it's business as usual.

We're all marvellously set up for the 3 dates in November with our good friends Les Vilains Clowns from Brittany. Anyone currently freaked out by the appearance of scary clowns up and down the country can be rest assured that our French friends have been dressing as clowns for years and have nothing to do with those buffoons.


JULY 2016: Time flies
Eastfield passed the 20 year mark relatively unscathed, apart from a bit of forgetfulness predicatably brought on by the onset of old age. We've been touting '20 years' t-shirts around gigs over the last three months but leave it until now to get round to putting them on the website. Perhaps we're in denial about our age, perhaps we're useless hippies. Whatever, they come in various shapes and sizes (please see the orders page for details).

Now summer is upon us it's time to kick back and enjoy a few lovely weekenders. As creatures of habit, this month we'll be strutting our stuff as per usual slap, bang in the middle of the mayhem of Farmer Mick's in Fleckney and then doing it all again a couple of weeks later at ska-fuelled Kippertronix in mid-Wales. Early August sees us head up to the seaside for a welcome return to Rebellion festival where we're playing the Arena stage on the Sunday at 5.35pm. Once we've recovered, washed the sand out from between our toes and ears and put our 'kiss-me-quick' hats on e-bay it'll be business as usual in the autumn and beyond (oi, don't think about that just yet, we've got the whole summer to enjoy first).


JANUARY 2016: It was twenty years ago today....
Happy new year folks. Hope you got through the festive season unscathed.

2016 sees Eastfield 20th anniversary so dates are currently being pieced together to celebrate this. The gigs page will be updated regularly on an as and when basis so please keep checking back and we'll see you at a dive near you shortly. On the distro side of things, the 'Double Header' LP and 'Another Boring Eastfield Album' US CD are both now in stock and if all goes to plan we'll have some more product available during the year...


DECEMBER 2015: For Absent Friends
Sorry to be the bearer of sad news but Pup, Eastfield's friend, roadie and live soundman, died unexpectedly last weekend. A larger than life character and a real pleasure to have around, this naturally will leave a big hole in our lives.

Some may question the decision to still go ahead with a gig this weekend, but those that knew him will know that he'd be the first person to want it to go ahead. So please feel free to come along and join us in doing him proud...


OCTOBER 2015: MORE RELEASES AND RE-RELEASES!
Eastfield have had a fun summer and one day I may even stay indoors and update this news page more regularly. That also may also prove conducive to finishing writing the next Eastfield album. In the meantime, there are a couple of new releases covering the span of most of our back catalogue:
 
First up, Violated Records in the USA have released a collection of our early recordings, appropriately titled 'Another Boring Eastfield Album: A Rail Punk Collection'. This is a full 33 track CD album compiled by Pat from Violent Society who we toured with back in 2000. Violent Society's drummer Jason has done the artwork and persuaded me it's good to use a lot more colour than we usually do!

All the tracks have previously been available on the 'Urban Rail Punk' double CD, very timely as that's down to its last handful of copies...if anyone wants one please get in touch pronto. Likewise for the new USA release. Details will be on this site when we receive them in late November, but feel free to get in touch to reserve one. Although we'll have a limited supply, the majority will be on sale in the US, see www.facebook.com/violatedrecordsphilly We're in good company as the label have also just put out albums by the Newtown Neurotics and External Menace.
 

Secondly, and not covered by above, our two most recent albums are soon to be packaged together as a 2 x 12" vinyl set also appropriately titled 'Double Header'. There will be a limited run of 75 of these and also a small finite supply of both albums individually. The cynical amongst you will claim that we are doing this to cash-in on another quirky package. The less exciting reason is that 75 covers of the 'Peace. Love. Fire' album got damaged in transit which we needed to replace, this seemed like a fun way to do that and clear the last few 'Detonation Junction' albums at the same time. These should reach us late November too.

Stay tuned.


FEBRUARY 2015: IT'S COMING BACK!
Apparently so, and to add to the rumours our 'Peace Love Fire' album is now out on lovely 12" vinyl. Naturally it's been remastered to give more wumpf. Not only that, it comes complete with extra tracks to push it up to around 18 minutes per side thus optimising both the grooves and grooviness (quality deteriorates after 22 minutes as all you sound buffs will well know). It's a co-release with Urinal Vinyl, Global Resistance and Dirty Old Man Records and contains all songs from the 'Peace, Love, Fire' album plus the 3 'normal' tracks from the 'Loadhaul to Lhasa' ep. Feel free to head over to the releases and orders page for a bit more info.

Eastfield are back on the rails after taking January off gigging for essential repairs, overhauls and maintenance. Lots of weird and wonderful gigs are currently being arranged. The summer will see us outside a fair bit with several festival slots already booked...some tried and tested old favourites plus a few that are new to us. How marvellous. Hop over to the gigs page for details as and when they become available. See you all soon.


NOVEMBER 2014: ETHICAL VINYL ON THE RADIO
Our friends at ETHICAL WARES have been supplying vegan cruelty-free footwear for 21 years. Please see here for a video celebrating this milestone including a message form yours truly.
Their website: http://www.ethicalwares.com/

Another friend, MICK MERCER is broadcasting a splendid internet radio show every Sunday night (from 10pm, UK time). You know what to expect...Gothic, Post-Punk and Punk, featuring new bands galore alongside classics and curios. All in all a groovy show, well I like it and he plays some Eastfield.
Listen live: http://server2.luschaudio.com:9162/
Catch up: http://www.mixcloud.com/mickmercerradio/
Comment whilst on air at: https://www.facebook.com/mickmercerradio

Eastfield's 'Peace Love Fire' album will finally be coming out in January or February on 12" vinyl.
We have a couple of small labels co-releasing this with us.
Marvellous.


AUGUST 2014: BEER COASTERS AND POSTERS.
Hopcraft Brewery in South Wales has just brought out it's summer beer 'Sharks Against Surfers' named after the Eastfield song on the 'Express Train to Doomsville' album. The tasting notes say it's 'extra-pale, dry, citrussy and refreshing'. Sounds good. Our only stipulation was that no animal ingredients were to be used in the process or product to ensure it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. We're happy to say they've done us proud. We find ourselves in good company as they also name beers after Joy Division songs. www.hopcraftbrewing.co.uk
Elsewhere, our friend and collaborator Brother Whitters has unashamedly ripped off the British Rail marketing board 1970s style and designed a poster for our upcoming show at the Rebellion Festival. He'll have a limited run on sale for a fiver in the 'At the Edge - Punk Art' space at the festival which runs from 7 -10 August, Eastfield will be playing the Pavilion stage at 6.10pm on the Saturday.


JULY 2014: RE-RAILED.
Thanks to everyone who worked, came and took part in 'Off the Rails'. The whole weekend was a resounding success with a big shout out for us to do it again. Hopefully we'll be able to do just that once the dust settles. Thumbs up to Nick, Deb and Shaggy for keeping the bar stocked with real ale and cider, the wonderful Teatime Collective for the vegan food, Rich, Pup and Sean for doing the PA, all the bands, helpers, the staff at the sanctuary and everyone who bought a ticket and came along to add to the vibe. Everybody there was fantastic. Once all costs including bands expenses were covered it's looking like we raised around £800 for Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary, we'll post the final figure once it's confirmed.

We've looking forward to other similar events over the summer such as Kippertronix Festival and Bladefest. Likewise Rebellion where we're playing the Pavilion stage at 6.10pm on the Saturday. All information can be found in the usual places. It's shaping up to be a totally marvellous summer.


MAY 2014: OFF THE RAILS.
You've probably noticed that we've been uncharismatically quiet of late. It's been a funny old year and due to unforeseen circumstances we've had to turn down a few things that we'd normally have jumped at...the wonderful Glastonwick Beer Festival and Strummercamp immediately spring to mind. Fear not, things are slowly returning to normal and we've still got plenty of the summer left to give our tents an airing. On that subject, as previously announced, we're holding our 'Off the Rails' event in Northamptonshire on 4 and 5 July. This is both a fundraiser for a local animal sanctuary and also another excuse for people to get together. It's shaping up nicely, as usual further details can be found on the gigs page. We haven't posted the address on any public page as we are limited to 200 tickets so please contact us directly for any further information.

Big thanks and respect to Sox, Nick, Craig, Trystan and Steve for standing in, performing brilliantly and keeping the good train Eastfield on track over the last few months.


DECEMBER 2013: Peace. Love. Fire.
The shiny new album is now out, about and presently being mailed around the country in recycled jiffy bags. Naturally, expect the usual 3 chords...why change the habit of a lifetime! Please see releases/orders pages for details. Any queries feel free to holler at: jessieastfield@hotmail.com. If anyone is interested in distro-ing some copies that'd also be really great, cheers. The jury is still out on whether or not to do a vinyl version in the new year, if you feel sufficiently strongly on the subject then do apply some pressure.

Paypal:
Our friends at 'Louder than War' are now accepting orders for the new album via paypal. Please see www.louderthanwar.com/shop/

See you in the new year. Until then, happy year end to one and all, however you choose to celebrate it.


NOVEMBER 2013: Another Album being shunted in the marshalling yard
The new album has been mixed and mastered, despite our good friend and engineer Tom Savage being stricken with food poisoning at the time. It's currently languishing at the pressing plant and should arrive early to mid December...unless the staff all get food poisoning there too. We're amassing pre-orders via the usual address, at a slightly reduced rate before the year end.

We've got a handful of gigs left this year before the winter break, abnormal service will be resumed in mid-January. Have fun.


AUGUST 2013: Back to Reality
Eastfield survived Rebellion Festival unscathed and things are slowly returning back to normality. Great to see so many friendly faces packed into one room. Bambi has been back playing gigs with us but Sox is still on the subs bench if and when required. His band Cretin 77 have just released their album 'Cretin City Terminal' which is well worth checking out.
Meanwhile the new Eastfield album is under way and we're well chuffed with the seven new songs recorded in April. The remaining songs are nearing completion so when they're done another session at Jigsaw will be booked. The plan is get the whole thing recorded, mixed, mastered and released by the end of the year. Well you can never rush these things!
Hope you're all having a good Summer, see you somewhere soon.


APRIL 2013: Out of hibernation
Eastfield are booked into Jigsaw studio again this month to begin churning out another album. Same old drill - 10 songs, 3 chords throughout. You know the risks.
Long standing bass player Bambi is currently taking a break from live work. While he undergoes an F-exam, our friend Sox from Cretin '77 is kindly stepping in. Respect.
We've some grand events to look forward to later in the year. Good news, Kippertronix is back after a break, we're playing Rebellion Festival on the Friday, a couple of punx picnics and a summer wouldn't be complete without a jaunt to Mick's Farm for Bladefest. Sadly, Eastfield won't be at the Blyth Power Ashes this year after the organisers changed the day they originally offered to one we couldn't do.


NOVEMBER 2012: Back on the Road Again
After spending most of October mending broken equipment and recharging our batteries, normal service will be resumed in November. The first weekend will be spent in the company of Les Vilains Clowns (Brittany) and another later in the month with our old comrades in arms Zounds. Nicely sandwiched between these is an obligatory visit to the lovely Yorkshire House in Lancaster. Full details can be found on the gigs page.


AUGUST 2012: New Product
The repetition 7" has now arrived in its full range of weird and wonderful coloured vinyl. Please see order page for details. There are limited amounts of all 6 colours - feel free to get in quick if you want the whole set.

Ian Glasper's latest book 'Armed With Anger, How UK Punk Survived The Nineties' is now readily available. Published by Cherry Red Books, this hefty paperback weighs in at a whopping 500 pages. As well as featuring an Eastfield interview, there are others by bands we played with in the late 1990s many from the Birmingham area such as Spithead, Police Bastard, Rotunda, Intention etc. We don't have copies to sell ourselves but it's available to order from any bookseller.
ISBN: 978-1-901447-72-9

Eastfield will be heading off to play dates in Germany and Holland at the end of September. Full details will be added to the gigs page as and when they are finalised.

Thursday  20 September 2012 - LEIDEN    (NL) CAB03
Friday    21 September 2012 - GRONIGEN  (NL) Crowbar
Saturday  22 September 2012 - AMSTERDAM (NL) ADM. TIJD Festival
Sunday    23 September 2012 - BERLIN    (DE) Cortina Bob
Monday    24 September 2012 -
Tuesday   25 September 2012 -
Wednesday 26 September 2012 - OSNABRUCK (DE) SubstanZ
Thursday  27 September 2012 - MULHEIM   (DE) AZ
Friday    28 September 2012 - ESSEN     (DE) Panic Room
Saturday  29 September 2012 - COLOGNE   (DE) Aether


JUNE 2012: Summer Festivities
We're naturally all geared up for a bit of summer madness, with some mixed results. Glastonwick Festival was as lovely as ever. The 'Vive le Rock' Festival got cancelled well in advance freeing us up to play a party for a friend instead. We can only guess what happened with that 'Punk by the Sea' business...after hearing rumours that it had been cancelled we tried to contact the organisers but they didn't get back in touch. We made the decision not to risk travelling down until we got concrete assurances that it was on. Judging by the comments made by friends that made the journey down there we made completely the right decision. Apologies to anyone else who was hoping to catch up with us. Feel free to get in touch about it.
Our tents will be getting quite an airing later in the summer - we're playing the Blyth Power Ashes, Farmer Micks Party (Bladefest) plus a couple of festivals on animal sanctuaries. There's also Rebellion Festival to look forward to, where Eastfield will be playing the Arena stage on the Friday. All details will be added to the gigs page as and when we get them.


The Vinylman Cometh
The 'Repetition' 7" has been pressed and is currently in Germany awaiting departure for these shores. It will be available in 5 different colours plus a further limited version in clear vinyl with a screenprinted colour. Such wanton extravagance for what could be considered as a 'Best of...' compilation, appropriately containing only four tracks! (Faredodging, Another Boring Eastfield Song, Rugeley Crimestoppers 2012 (remix) and 47002).


MARCH 2012: Mad March Bring and Buy Sale
A lovely weekend was had by all at the 'Another Winter of Discontent' Festival. This has warmed us up sufficiently for the dates with Scene of Irony. So it's off with the winter jumpers and on with the t-shirts, and accordingly we have a new t-shirt design - Please see orders page for details.
Also TrueTrash (Munich) will soon be releasing some older Eastfield tracks on a 7" single. This will come in a multitude of weird and wonderful coloured vinyl, each being strictly limited. The freight consist is currently at the pressing plant, the release date will follow.


JANUARY 2012: Happy new year
Eastfield will be intentionally quiet for a couple of months whilst we recharge our batteries in addition to overhauling our equipment and bodies. We will haul ourselves out of hibernation in mad March for the 'Another Winter of Discontent Festival' and a UK tour with Scene of Irony from St. Louis (dates below). Full details appear on the gigs page.
Thursday   8 March 2012 - WELLINGBOROUGH Horseshoe.
Friday     9 March 2012 - LEEDS The Well
Saturday  10 March 2012 - LIVERPOOL Basement 20
Sunday    11 March 2012 - LANCASTER Yorkshire House
Wednesday 14 March 2012 - BIRMINGHAM Wagon and Horses
Thursday  15 March 2012 - DERBY Old Bell
Friday    16 March 2012 - SHOREHAM Duke of Wellington
Saturday  17 March 2012 - LONDON 12 Bar


NOVEMBER 2011: Anarchy on the Airwaves
There will be an interview with Jessi on the Under the Pavement radio show on Thursday 10 November from 11.00pm-1.00am. Broadcast on ALL FM 96.9 across south, central and east Manchester and if you are unlucky enough to live outside the area you can tune in online at www.allfm.org. Further details - www.underthepavement.org

At the end of the month, Eastfield will be heading over the Irish Sea for a triple-header of 3 gigs with our good friends The Astronauts and Andy T. See gigs page for full details.


AUGUST 2011: The Summer of Love
We had a marvellous time at Rebellion Festival, overcoming the acoustics of the Olympia 2 stage and surviving a damaged guitar arm. Big respect to all friends both old and new that we met there. A review and corresponding interview can be found on www.louderthanwar.com

Eastfield are taking a seemingly deserved break for most of August until making our annual appearance at the Blyth Power Ashes - another festival, albeit at the other end of the punk rock spectrum, which has now survived for 10 glorious years. The festivities take place near Peterborough, close to where they originally started, on bank holiday weekend 26 to 28 August 2011. Eastfield are playing on the Saturday evening between 8 - 8.40pm. Go to www.blythpower.co.uk for full info or www.theploughonline.com for details of the venue.


JULY 2011. Retro Detonation Junction.
The new Eastfield album 'DETONATION JUNCTION' is now available in 12" vinyl too...how very retro of us. (Please see releases/orders page).
Never known to miss a trick, we're taking a load off on tour to mainland Europe this month. I know there was a reason for getting the van. (Details on the gigs page).


JUNE 2011. Calling all stops to Detonation Junction.
The new Eastfield album 'DETONATION JUNCTION' is now available. I could waffle at more length about it, but for want of being self-indulgent I wont. Suffice to say it sounds the same as all the other ones.


Please see releases page for further details.



MAY 2011. New Album gets the right away
The new album 'Detonation Junction' has been recorded and mixed and is currently in a freight consist on the way to the pressing plant. The CD version should be with us mid-June with a vinyl version to follow a month later. How retro are we?
Pete has now joined us full time after his baptism of fire on our recent European jaunt. A good time was had by all, including Dave the Eastfield van who made it unscathed. Blame our European brothers and sisters for making us conscript Pete.


APRIL 2011: In Solidarity
Our friend JJ from Active Slaughter was imprisoned for three years in October 2010 for his support of the SHAC campaign.
His sound band mates have put together a compilation CD purely and simply to try and raise some money for him so that he has some funds when he gets out. Every penny made will go directly to him.
For further details see www.powcd.org the CD can be ordered direct from there or is available from us at gigs or via the orders page of this website.


MARCH 2011: A Thorne in our side
Sadly, under doctors orders Oddo has had to take the decision to retire from all drumming duties due to health reasons.
He has been an integral part of Eastfield for the last few years and will be missed.
Fortunately, we have marvellous people like Pete Wormwood and Johnny Scumhater to occupy the drumstool for our existing commitments. The logistical headache is now to find someone to drive and carry stuff now that Oddo is unable to. Bloody skiiver!


MARCH 2011: Another Boring Eastfield Album
Eastfield are booked into the wonderful Jigsaw Studio during late March to start recording the next album. It's been a long time coming but if the Stone Roses, Massive Attack and Shakespeare's Sister can have long periods between albums then surely so can we! New songs have started to appear in the live set too.
Update: The first session was tidy, Pete drummed a blinder and seven tracks have been laid down. Further studio time is booked for May with planned release date sometime in June. I guess I'd better think of a title.


FEBRUARY 2011: The Eurotrain Cometh
Eastfield have renewed their passports, visas and inter-rail passes with plans a-foot to be over the channel during the year. First off sees our usual jaunt to Bavaria and beyond over Easter. Then we are back over touring with our good friends Ram-man in late July. A third jaunt should take in an exciting rail themed festival in mid-September. Further details of all these escapades will be posted on our gigs page as and when they are confirmed.


JANUARY 2011: Any Excuse For A Party!
Happy New Year. Shock, horror! - this year Eastfield will be celebrating 15 years of existence...is that ALL I hear you ask!
To commiserate, we will be hosting a '15 Years and 3 Chords Party' at the Wagon and Horses in Birmingham on the evening of Friday 8 April. Already confirmed are our good friends Blyth Power who we did our first gig with back in the day, plus bands featuring our ex-members.


DECEMBER 2010: Turning Rebellion Into Money.
Eastfield have been booked to play at next years Rebellion Festival, which takes place at Blackpool Winter Gardens from 4 to 7 August 2011.
When we're told exactly when and where, we'll be our usual efficient selves and post it on the gigs page. Further details can be found at: www.rebellionfestivals.com
In addition next year we should also be playing all the usual weird and wonderful festivals we frequent. Marvellous.


APRIL 2010:
The European jaunt has now been finalised, Eastfield will be playing at the following venues, unless we get stuck at the mercy of Eurotunnel due to trains breaking down in the snow:

Thursday 1 April 2010 - GENT De Barbaar.
Friday 2 April 2010 - ANTWERP (cancelled due to police closing down the venue).
Saturday 3 April 2010 - MUNICH Private Party. All welcome - see gigs page.
Sunday 4 April 2010 - AUGSBURG Kulturpark West, Krad-Halle.
Monday 5 April 2010 - NEUBURG an der Donau - Tanzcafe Hertlein.
Tuesday 6 April 2010 - day off.
Wednesday 7 April 2010 - BERLIN Wild at Heart.
Thursday 8 April - CHEMNITZ Subway to Peter.
Friday 9 April 2010 - NURNBERG (venue tbc).
Saturday 10 April 2010 - KORTRIJK Cine Palace.

Full details can be found on the gigs page. The German dates are with the lovely Garden Gang who will hopefully be coming back over to the UK to tour with us in September. We have a load of spiffing new black 'Rail punk' t-shirts to stuff in our rucksacks and hopefully there will be enough room to take the last dregs of our 7" singles. Our European brothers and sisters like that kind of thing. marvellous.


MARCH 2010:

After a cracking couple of February weekends with Steve Lake, things have been deliberately quiet lately. That way you wont ever get sick of us, as if... Anyhow, we have a jaunt to Belgium and Germany sorted for Easter and then several weird and wonderful events to look forward to when we return. So far Eastfield are confirmed as playing at the following festivals this summer...Glastonwick, Kippertronix, Blyth Power Ashes plus Farmer Mick's Party. Details are up on the gigs page and will be updated as and when. See you at a barn near you...


DECEMBER 2009:

Ho ho ho. Well we've shied away from putting up any news for a few months. What is there to say? Well we've continually been doing a few gigs up and down the country - normal service being well and truly resumed. The gigs page is always updated regularly, immediately as new shows get finalised. Perhaps next year, I'll be dynamic and post a news bulletin at the start of each month, unless that sounds a bit too bloggy or twittered.

Things a-foot for 2010: The end of February will see Eastfield playing 2 long weekends with the charismatic Steve Lake doing a solo set of classic Zounds songs. We plan to revisit this later in the year too. Easter should see us twisting an unsuspecting friend's arm to drive us over to Germany and Switzerland for a 10 date tour with Munich's very own Garden Gang. The summer will be spent playing the usual array of weird and wonderful non-commercial festivals and if I pull my finger out and finish writing it, we may even get to record the next Eastfield album which some would say is long overdue, but in reality will sound just the same as the previous ones. Unless of course I get given that elusive fourth chord for christmas. Bah humbug!


MAY 2009:

The new CD 'Songs from the Scrapyard' is now available. This is the much threatened 'solo' album which people have been pestering me to do for a while now. Under the guise of 'Eastfield Derailed' it occupies the ground between a more acoustic album and an Eastfield full band album. The rationale behind it follows that every Eastfield song starts off as a 'sketch' which is deliberately kept as basic as possible. This time around these sketches have been embellished by collaboration and recorded over time. We are happy enough to unleash the results upon the unsuspecting public. (see releases, orders and lyrics pages for further details)


APRIL 2009:

Journalist Adrian Johnson has written a novel 'Love and Taxes' based on people's resistance to the poll tax, which is currently celebrating it's 20th anniversary in Scotland. He is reading some extracts from it as part of an anti-poll tax exhibition at the People's Palace in Glasgow on Saturday 18th April. Jessi will be accompanying the readings with acoustic guitar and singing a few Eastfield-esque refrains to punk-tuate it.


MARCH 2009:

The wonderful people of BBP Records have been in touch about releasing an Eastfield live tape. We have some good 'rough and ready' audience recordings from last summer that feature the various marvellous stand-in drummers when Oddo was in hospital. This will be a fitting tribute to them for their time, effort and for caring enough about the good train Eastfield to keep it on track.


FEBRUARY 2009:

New songs are currently being written and recorded in sketch format. Each Eastfield song has been done this way but this time around the trusty 4-track has been jettisoned in favour of a bit more time and effort as well as throwing the production skills of H into the mix. The plan is to release them as our 'basement tapes' as a prelude to full band versions becoming available...Eastfield Derailed - Songs from the Scrapyard. You get the gist.


DECEMBER 2008:
EASTFIELD RADIO INTERVIEW ON BOXING DAY

If Jessi works out how to use a cheap international calling card...he'll be interviewed live on the net at 8am UK time, midnight US time:


NOVEMBER 2008:
ANARCHY ON THE AIRWAVES

On Thursday 27th November Jessi will be appearing as guest on Under the Pavement, (an alternative/ radical radio show) from 11.00pm until 1.00am. Broadcast on ALL FM 96.9 (in the Manchester (uk) area) and online at http://www.allfm.org/. Jessi will be performing a couple of acoustic songs live in the studio and chatting about stuff!
Check www.underthepavement.org for latest playlists, schedules and more!


AUGUST 2008:
AND NOW IN STEREO

Tune in to the 'Punk and Disorderly' radio show www.phoenixfm.co.uk between 8-10pm on Wednesday 27 August 2008. Stevie Caldwell of 'People who care' will be guest presenting along with Jessi (Eastfield) and J (Inner Terrestrials). There will be interviews, live acoustic tracks plus a selection of the godawful music we all like. Tune in or drop out.


JULY 2008:
NORMAL SERVICE RESUMED

Oddo (Eastfield driver, equipment carrier and drummer) has had a successful operation and is currently convalescing. We all wish him a speedy recovery. Thank you for all your thoughts and well wishes. It is his wish that Eastfield carry on during this period. We are lucky to have a pool of marvellous stand-in drummers to call upon to keep his seat warm. The gigs page will be kept updated. Sorry for the glitch with this website during June. Normal service is now resumed. Have it!


MAY 2008:
IN PRINT

The lyrics to 'Bury Vic Berry' from 'Roverbrain' have been quoted in a book about Leicester's River Soar entitled 'The Mile Straight' by Roger Hutchinson, an artist and local historian. The book was created to bring the geography and history of Leicester's waterways to life for the people of the city. Although mainly about canals, the book has a 2 page feature on Vic Berry's notorious scrapyard. The book is available for £6.50 (cheques payable to Mac Associates (Leicester) Ltd) from Roger, 39 Hazel street, Leicester LE2 7JN. Further details: rogerhutchinson@ntlworld.com


JANUARY 2008:
BACK IN THE STUDIO

Eastfield have been dragged back into Jigsaw studio to record songs for a forthcoming split cd with Destructors 666 on Rowdy Farrago records. Release date is 28th April 2008. Our part of the split will feature 2 new Eastfield songs: 'Money' and 'Jumping Under Someone Else's Train', plus 2 cover versions: Divine's 'Shake it Up' and Tom Robinson's 'Glad to be Gay'. Homophobia still abounds in all aspects of the music industry, so we thought it would be a fitting idea to get our friend H to update the lyrics and sing lead vocals on the track. Tom Robinson has been supportive of the idea and use of his song. Destructors 666 will continue their fine tradition of recording one old song, a cover and a new track...something old, something borrowed and something new. I guess our version of 'Shake it Up' - a hi-energy club classic from the 1980's can form the something blue part.


AUGUST 2007:
LOADHAUL TO LHASA - RELEASED

New CD is now available........LOADHAUL TO LHASA....... with versions of Rugeley Crimestoppers, Train to the Top of the World and Class 20's of the Apocalypse. 38 minutes of the same 3 chords but in a different way - contains normal Eastfield, acoustic and 'Altered State Transit' mixes.






MAY 2007:
URBAN RAIL PUNK - RELEASED

Due to the 'Keep it Spikey' and 'Fanaticos para Trenes' albums selling out and the others running low, we wanted to make the songs continually available. This is a collection of more or less every eastfield song recorded and released between 1997-2005 on one double cd. Contains all tracks on 'Keep it Spikey', 'Fanaticos para Trenes', 'Roverbrain', 'One Wrong can move a People and a Wronged People can move the World' and 'Express Train to Doomsville' plus alternative versions of songs that appeared on various compilations at the time. Running time is 143 minutes, which isn't bad for the same 3 chords.

Elsewhere, eastfield tracks appear on 3 new compilations from Deadlamb, Angry Scenes and the final release from Punk Shit records. Our distro at gigs is now overflowing so we're selling all old stock off cheap as chips.
Punk Shit have also recently put out the 'Middleground 3' compilation. Eastfield have contributed the 3 cover versions done over the years. This cd is the only place these are available as the 'Gatecrashing Eurovision' cd has also sold out.

Details of all these can be found on the releases and orders pages.

That's enough retro, back to the present day - Eastfield have been back to the wonderful Jigsaw studio to record some new songs which once various mixes have been finalised should see light of day in July/August. These will be the first to feature Oddo and may actually shut him up for 5 minutes.


OCTOBER 2006:
WE NOW HAVE OUR OWN BEER...

Potbelly Brewery of Kettering are currently brewing 'EASTFIELD I.P.A.' beer. It comes in at a respectable 7.0% and should be ready for drinking at the all-day gig at Kettering Sawyers on Sunday 29th October. Gig goers are advised to please drink sensibly, ha ha.






After filling in marvellously on the drum stool during October we are happy to welcome on board Oddo from Northampton's Rotten Agenda as our new permanent drummer. He also does a good 'Man from Atlantis' impression.


SEPTEMBER 2006:
EASTFIELD VIDEOS.

The Eastfield videos have now been moved onto a faster server. Hopefully this will mean no more waiting!


JULY 2006:
PABELLON 314 TOUR DATES.

We have got our Basque comrades Pabellon 314 over for a short tour of the UK in August.
Their confirmed dates are:

AUGUST
Thu  3  - BRIGHTON The Albert (with Eastfield and Flatpig)
Fri  4  - SOUTHAMPTON King Alfred (with the Bus Station Loonies)
Sat  5  - LONDON Stockwell - The Grosvenor (with PAIN)
Sun  6  - NORTHAMPTON Racehorse (with Eastfield and Rotten Agenda)
Mon  7  - BIRMINGHAM Market Tavern (with Eastfield and Rotten Agenda)

Please note Eastfield are only doing some of the shows due to prior commitments


NEW RELEASES.

Eastfield feature on 2 recent compilations:

Punk in Sunderland and around the world

'Punk in Sunderland and around the world' double cd featuring 48 bands.

Split 7 inch

Plus a split single featuring Eastfield and 4 of the bands we recently toured with in Scotland.

Please see releases page for info


MARCH 2006:
EASTFIELD 10th ANNIVERSARY TOUR.

Eastfield will embark on a lengthy tour in April and May to commiserate 10 years of their existence. Confirmed so far are: (Please see gigs page for extended details)

APRIL
Sat 1 - SLIGO Coollera House
Sun 2 - KILLIBEGS
Mon 3 - BELFAST
Thu 6 - NORTHAMPTON Labour Club HUNT SABS BENEFIT
Fri 7 - CROMFORD The Boat
Sun 9 - LONG EATON Sportsman
Mon 10 - LONDON Metro Bar (PUNK AID)
Wed 12 - COVENTRY Jailhouse
Thu 13 - BRIGHTON Free Butt
Fri 14 - DOVER Louis Armstrong
Sat 15 - (Daytime - noon) EASTBOURNE Bonners Music Shop
Sat 15 - (Evening) SHEFFIELD Matida Social Centre PUNX PICNIC
Sun 16 - BIRMINGHAM Market Tavern
Mon 17 - HITCHIN Club 85
Wed 19 - ***CANCELLED*** SOUTHAMPTON
Thu 20 - BASQUE COUNTRY (Laudio)
Fri 21 - BASQUE COUNTRY (Laudio)
Sat 22 - BASQUE COUNTRY (San Sebstian/Donosti)
Sun 23 - BASQUE COUNTRY (Sopelana)
Fri 28 - DERBY Victoria Inn
Sat 29 - BIRMINGHAM Bearwood (4pm)
Sat 29 - RETFORD Broken Wheel (eve)
Sun 30 - BOSTON Indian Queen

MAY
Mon 1 - BRISTOL Packers Field
Tue 2 - BELPER Queens Head (solo)
Fri 5 - KETTERING Sawyers
Tue 9 - LANCASTER Yorkshire House
Wed 10 - EDINBURGH Subway
Thu 11 - DUNDEE Dexters
Fri 12 - ABERDEEN Tunnels
Sat 13 - ELGIN Ocean
Sun 14 - GLASGOW Queen Margaret Union
Thu 18 - IPSWICH The Railway


DECEMBER 2005:
NEW VIDEOS.

Punky Rebel Media have completed the first of three Eastfield films. More should follow in due course. Two of them can be downloaded from here.


MAY 2005:
TWO NEW RELEASES...

The new Eastfield album EXPRESS TRAIN TO DOOMSVILLE containing 11 new tracks on CD is now available.

Also available now is the GATECRASHING EUROVISION CD EP. This contains all the silly cover versions that Eastfield have recorded -
Two versions of 'Oooh, Aah Just a Little Bit' by Gina G;
'Wasted' by The Dangerfields (recorded October 2003);
'Turn That Noise Down' which featured on the 'New Wave of Chas and Dave' CD.

Gigs continue to come in - amongst others Eastfield are playing at the Lancashire Reclaim Mayday event, the 'Wasted' festivals in Morecambe and Amsterdam, Glastonwick Beer & Music Festival, and the annual Tallington Ashes. Please check the gigs page for frequent updates.

A complimentary article on Eastfield 7" single releases has appeared in the 'Digging for Gold' section of Record Collector magazine (April 2005 edition). Click here to read the article.


JANUARY 2005:
NEW ALBUM.

Eastfield are currently rehearsing 11 new songs for the next album with a plan to go back to Jigsaw Studios to record it sometime during March. This will be the first recording with the present line-up.

Track listing: Another Boring Eastfield Song - God’s Plastic Railway - Mick Murphy’s Dirty Bar - Humour Exclusion Zone - Sharks Against Surfers - Burt Reynolds Rides Again - Slam! - It’s Gotta be a Record Breaker - Grant the Lumberjack - How to Rip Off Your Band Mates - David Icke.

T-Shirts There are some new designs. Please see the orders page...


MARCH 2004:
EASTFIELD/CONFRONTATION split 7” is out now.

Breaking with tradition, the Eastfield side has a version of Gina G’s ‘Ooh Aah, Just a Little Bit’ recorded at the same time as the last CD. Well, why not? Bambi did the artwork. For their side, Confrontation from Lancaster provide ‘Going Nowhere’, an attack on Morecambe. Available in red, green or black vinyl. See releases/ orders page for details.

The next release should be the split 7” with The Dangerfields. We have recorded their classic ‘Wasted’, they will in turn be abusing one of our songs, possibly ‘Fortuna Hell’. We plan to go into the studio with the new line-up to record two new songs to add to our side of the single. This will hopefully be out in the summer.

DISTRO: Over the past few years we have been lugging round a small distro to our gigs. We’re up for taking a few copies of releases by bands that we tend to play with, generally selling them cheaply to give those bands an additional outlet. This works well and towards the end of last year everything more or less sold out. We are currently in the process of restocking, so if any bands/small labels want to trade their stuff against ours please get in touch.

PERSONNEL: Eastfield are back on the rails again - with improved transportation logistics. The permanent line up has Chris from Bishops Stortford occupying the drum stool. We also have a decent vocal PA so can play anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

BOOTLEG: There is a good quality live recording from Tallington (August 2001) doing the rounds. Copies will be available soon.


DECEMBER 2003:
New CD 'One Wrong Can Move a People, and a Wronged People Can Move The World'.

Featuring 5 new songs recorded at the wonderful Jigsaw Studios in Frognall:
  • Off the Rails
  • The Second Fastest Cycle Courier in London
  • Hearing Nothing About a Revolution
  • Air-Con One
  • Elvis is Dead and Jazz is Shit

Compilation Update: The 25 Years of Birmingham Punk CD was released in September on Punk Shit Records. As the title suggests, it features 28 songs from bands in and around Birmingham. Eastfield provide 'Broad Street Trash' from Roverbrain. Also included are: GBH, Police Bastard, Contempt, Spithead, Drongos for Europe, General Winter and others. See the releases page for further details.

'Never Gonna Make It' CD Is now available, £4 from us post paid. Features mainly ska bands but Eastfield donate 'Fare Dodging' from Roverbrain.

See the releases page for further details.

Punktured - Rape Crisis Benefit CD A compilation of DIY punk and hardcore bands who've played gigs organised by the Punktured Collective in Leeds. Features: Left for Dead, Active Slaughtered, Bug Central, Dog on a Rope, Anal Beard, and others. Available for £3/$8 post-paid from Punktured, c/o 145-149 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LJ, UK (although we should be getting copies soon). Eastfield provide 'The Gasman' from 'Fanaticos Para Trenes'.


Line-Up: After a two month overhaul, Eastfield are ready hit the rails again. Ben and Matt have reallocated to New Zealand and Spain. Joining the ever changing ranks of Eastfield are original bass player Bambi and Trina Vodkapunk. Bambi also plays bass for Blyth Power but don't hold that against him! A drummer is in the process of being conscripted then it's hey, ho, here we go...

The first gig with the new line up will be in Lancaster on Saturday 27 December.



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