From: Essex-ish, UK
Sounds like: Epic indie rock with layered strings and soaring vocals.
Thrash Hits verdict: Embraced by the Yorkshire label that launched Bring Me The Horizon as one of their less heavy bands, we thought there must be something about EastStrikeWest’s soaring, epic, stringed rock that piqued interests. Basically, it’s the bits of music xhardcorex bands do when they want to be soaring and epic and cool, just all the time. The result is that it sounds massive. Job done.
How did you meet?
We all did jury service together.
What made you want to start a band?
If I’m honest, to avoid work and any reasonable level of responsibility. (I think I made a mistake.)
Where did the name come from?
From the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby.
What are your musical influences?
It’s all over the place really, anything from Kraftwerk to Doves, Can, Anvil, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, 65daysofstatic, Martin Grech, Bjork, TRC and Tom Jones.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Being in a band with Steven Marciano.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Either the Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Boy Kill Boy, Boyzone, Boyz II Men or Scouting For Girls.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Signed or unsigned? Probably bands like Rinoa, Vessels, God Is An Astronaut, Ocean Fracture, Bats About Bats
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
I haven’t heard a bigger sounding band yet.
You’ve been out on tour recently. Will it be your longest tour? What have you learnt along the way?
It has certainly been our longest tour. Bearing in mind it has mostly been in two old LDV vans, I don’t think you can top the length the mind has to go to survive in that kind of environment. In terms of learning I would say getting 8 people into a Travel Lodge family room (it is a fine art).
What’s the best or funniest show you’ve played?
Probably Hatfield at the Attic, when I nearly fell off the stage backwards over my monitor. Because I tried to make it look as good as possible once I knew I was going, but instead I looked like even more of a tit.
What have you got planned for your album/the future?
I think at present in between touring and festivals we are going to start writing and demoing new material which we hope to record towards the end of the summer.
You’re signed to Leeds-based hardcore label Thirty Days Of Night. Your musical style is quite different to their usual. How did that come about?
Initially the label thought we were a Gallows side project, and by the time they realised their mistake, the deal had already been made. We also have a lot of respect for some of the artists past and present on the label. I also think that our music crosses over quite well into the heavier side, and we do get good reception from a heavier audience. We try to stay away from this separatist attitude when playing to people, if people like it great!
What other band should everyone find out about?
Probably The Ocean Fracture.