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The East Pointers Transcend Traditional Folk on New Album and Announce Australian Tour
Featuring Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic grooves, trance-like celtic trad and rich, three-part harmonies, The East Pointers are a hit with Australian audiences and their Antipodean connections run deep.
“Before we came to Australia we were a sit-down band. From our very first show, these Aussie audiences just stood up, ran to the front of the room and started dancing. We haven’t sat down since!
“When writing the new album, we would say ‘Will the Aussies dance to this one?’ If the answer wasn’t an instant ‘yes’ we fixed it,” said banjo player, Koady Chaisson, who married an Australian and lives between here and the band’s home, Prince Edward Island.
Produced by multi Grammy Award-winning songwriter and renowned producer, Gordie Sampson, Yours To Break is musically complex, technically brilliant and continues to smash genre boundaries with a rich, global kaleidoscope of sounds.
“We’re passionate about tradition, but believe it doesn’t belong in a box in the attic, getting dusted off for special occasions and boring the pants off kids! Traditions belong to the people who shepherd them into the next generation,” said Koady.
“The core of our music is definitely traditional Celtic, but on this new album, fiddle tunes are grounded in complex rumbling bass lines; dirty Americana explorations spin on a dime into acoustic flamenco accents; indie electric guitar licks and modern keyboard tones turn traditional solos into urgent dance-party vibes.
“Yours To Break is the best expression to date of our love for so many different types of music. You can really hear the influences of the band living across Australia, Canada and Costa Rica at the time.
“The fact that we are comfortable enough in our own musical voice to start expressing that is really exciting for us!”
Internationally recognised trail-blazers, The East Pointers bring new album, Yours To Break, to Australia for 15 roof-raising live shows, including Woodford, Port Fairy and Fairbridge Folk Festivals as well as headline shows at The Tivoli, Factory Theatre, Northcote Social and more.
With the first single, Wintergreen, amassing more than 250,000 Spotify streams and 100,000 Youtube views for the official video featuring The Wiggles’ Emma Watkins, Yours To Break is set to be the band’s most important and successful body of work to date.
‘Yours To Break’ by The East Pointers is available 25 October on all digital platforms, with a national tour kicking off at Woodford Folk Festival 27 December, through to 19 April.
The East Pointers will appear at the Blue Mountains Music Festival 14 March - 16 March 2020.
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