Sons of the East are an indie-folk band from the Northern Beaches of Sydney Australia, comprised of Nic Johnston, Dan Wallage and Jack Rollins [who once tamed an emu].
Their sound is a motley acoustic-electric mix driven by soulful vocals, resulting in modern alternative folk that draws on everything from Neil Young and Johnny Cash to Fleetwood Mac and The Kinks but somehow winds up feeling like home. In other words... it's damn good. Intimate, soulful and cinematic, Sons Of The East tracks have been placed in a number of campaigns, films and Spotify playlists.
Working off what they call the ‘tear-jerkers’ and the ‘boot-stompers’, the Sons’ legendary live show has made them a favourite of venues and music festivals through out Australia.
Sons Of The East’s first EP - released in 2013 - debuted at #10 on the Australian Album iTunes chart and earned the band a place on Spotify Australia’s viral 50, singles on the JJJ Hitlist, and praise from local and international heavyweights alike. This has created a strong following for the band internationally, with North America and Canada being their main markets.
In 2015 Sons Of The East released their 2nd EP Already Gone, an 8-track follow up record that again charted in the top 10 Australian Album iTunes charts and launched a highly successful national tour. In 2016 the band further demonstrated their diverse songwriting abilities in a collaboration with U.S. based DJ producers BUNT, with the release of the track Coming Home. The song earned a top 50 spot in the U.S. Spotify Viral Charts in it's first week of release.
2016 also saw the band release the single Lost Cause, an upbeat, jangly throwback to their rock n’ roll influences. The song and accompanying video clip were produced entirely in-house, showcasing the band’s creative diversity in production and dance moves alike. The song was premiered by Richard Kingsmill on Triple J and has quickly gained online traction and streaming play listing internationally. Sons Of The East now have over 580 thousand monthly Spotify listeners and tens of millions of streams over their catalogue.
The band have since signed with Universal Music Publishing, joining the ranks of many legendary songwriters and artists alike. VP of Creative for UMP, Arwen Curson described the band’s work as “incredible, timeless songs that I’m certain will be sung by festival crowds the world over.” The bands prolific songwriting has further attracted major label interest out of America and the U.K. and will no-doubt continue to do so as they look to expand internationally in 2017.
“Sons of the East are the shit”
- Old Ladies in Yass
“I’d been told they were a great live act, backed up by stories of shenanigans. Taking this recommendation I watched Sons of the East music videos and although they are great, they really didn’t prepare me for the party vibe that they were rumoured to unravel live.”
- James Adams, MINC Magazine
“You know those rare experiences where you feel as though you’re witnessing something big in the making? Something that’s going to be bigger than Ben-Hur but it’s just at his knees right now? Catch them on the road anytime soon and they’ll give you that kick.”
- Surfing Life Magazine
“What we like about this band is their Australian twist and contemporary take on the more traditional Folk music style…But ultimately what really makes this band shine is their stage presence, (they are a must to see live!).”
- Vinyl Garden