JERSEY BEAT.COM – from the Editors Desk – Jan 2015 Eastern Anchors jokingly refer to themselves as “dad rock” in interviews but don’t be fooled; they might have careers and kids, but these New Jersey indie-rock lifers are still making music as potent and rousing as what they were doing back in the Nineties, when frontman Walter Greene and bassist Dave Urbano anchored New Brunswick’s great Aviso’Hara. With a template that still relies on crunchy guitars, melodic basslines, and powerful drums, the 7-track “Dragging Your Axe Behind You” (Viva! La Hara Records) was released just before Christmas as a teaser for the band’s next full length. From the soaring hook of “Above Your Station” (Soul Asylum wrestling Husker Du to a draw) to the plaintively yearning “Stop The Astronaut” (one of Greene’s signature modes of expression) to the Superchunk-meets-“Drop The Mids”-era Aviso brio of the title track, this long EP/short album never falters. The previously released “Under The Influence Of fIREHOSE” which pays tribute to one of the band’s major influences – spiritually and musically – while “Something Might Be Wrong” practically writes a textbook on melodic, crunchy 90’s alt-rock. The dazzling riffage of “Tres Banditos” wraps things up like Sonic Youth at their poppiest. News that drummer Ken Forbes has been replaced by monster drummer Brian Stoor augurs well for a brilliant 2015 from these guys.
Dear indie rock vinyl record lovers, this gives us much pleasure to make this new piece of wax available to you as a split 7″ with our friends Zero For Conduct! We pressed the virgin wax in the Netherlands with Furnace MFG. This vinyl sounds so warm and you can crank the crap out of it. Well you could if you owned a turntable that is. Obviously also available as a digital download as well for your electronic devices listening pleasure as well.
In the tradition of some of our favorite 7″s like the Nirvana/ Jesus Lizard split record or Sebadoh and Superchunk. We’ve put out this record to honor the asethetic and concept of making a physical record. It’s sometimes too easy to just put music up digitally. Big giant thank you’s to the awesome Mike Hilton for working the artwork for on this. He’s part of the magic of making things look real.
We are totally beyond over psyched to finally announce more fruits from our recent recording sessions at Nut House Recordings with Tom Beaujour (nada surf, GBV, Jennifer O’Connor). Here’s a piece of hot wax being documented on virgin black vinyl that we’re in a joint venture with our brothers from our third uncle Zero for Conduct doing their tune “Average Marks Make Shitty Sparks” b/w our song “Above Your Station” (Eastern Anchors) – The Artwork and design is by our good friend Mike Hilton.
VIDEO SINGLE TEASER: ABOVE YOUR STATION
Starting July 21st,2014 you can pre-order the very limited edition of 500 from Nefarious Industries our direct from our bandcamps Viva! La Hara Records. Official release date Aug 12th. To celebrate and as part of Alex from Prosolar Mechanics big birthday party come get your own copy to avoid shipping charges.
We always ask ourselves. What would Mike Watt do? Seriously. He knows how to keep things econo and he taught us several valuable rock-n-roll lessons over the years. The first. If you are a musician, like the great jazz masters and blues guys, play until you drop. Explore music like you mean it man. Second, in order to keep things going. Be econo when it makes sense. So here’s our latest DIY/econo video shot on a GoPro “Under the Influence of fIREHOSE” from our coming release Dragging Your Axe Behind You.
Recorded in Hoboken New Jersey with our friend and producer/engineer with crazy ears Mr. Tom Beaujour at his place Nuthouse Recording located in the enigmatic north room of Water Music. Our guitars sound big and loud like they should. So that is all you need to know.
Full bandcamp release coming soon for the official first single with two other tracks. Followed by a piece of wax with many more songs.
We are super honored to be able to help out a situation in this situation. We realize we’re not even on the same plain as Magnolia Electric Co was but none the less happy to contribute to the 39 songs put together by Steven Vineis from the band Blacks. As big fans of somebody’s ability to write as many amazing songs as Jason Molina did we could only hope to he as prolific as this man. All proceeds for this compilation go to the loved one’s he has left behind. Sincerely.
“Songs: Molina” – A Benefit Compilation for Jason Molina’s Survivors
When we recorded this track we thought it would be a good idea to make a video or something. This is actually the first cover we ever recorded in all our years playing together that we released. Sure we’ll whip into ‘web in front’ or bastardize a radiohead song at practice for a few bars in replacements style but this is one of those songs we wish we actually wrote. It’s short and to the point. Perfect. Who needs more? We shot a bunch of footage of recording this in Walt’s kitchen along with some new songs for our next album but it just didn’t feel right so here’s where we ended up to do our part. We never though “It Made Me Cry” would be the lead track! As personal as his songs are we thought it was apropos to do something with a home movie feel to it. So enjoy and support the compilation and his family. Thank you and remember to live your life in full because you never know.