TIP OF THE HAT: The Doors

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This is The Easthills TIP OF THE HAT blog. A place where the band salutes the bands they have been fortunate enough to open for, share the stage with or just want to try and force upon their own fans. 

This issue features THE DOORS. The Easthills will open for Robby Krieger of The Doors on August 6th, so we figured what better band to start with…….

Question to the band: What is your favorite Doors album? or Doors song?

Wade == The Soft Parade album | “The Soft Parade” song. I love this album and song, so pretentious and ridiculous and wonderful.

Banner == Morrison Hotel album | “Roadhouse Blues” song

Hank == “Peace Frog” song | This was the one and only cover song that my band in college did. The band was called Broken Season (it was the early 90′s). That was one of the best summers of my life.

Paul == Morrison Hotel album | “Peace Frog” song

Andy == The Best of The Doors album | “When The Music’s Over” song. I know that’s a hits album but it’s still so good and the one I grab to listen to still. Last winter when in L.A. I purposely drove up thru Laurel Canyon to the Country Store where Jim Morrison shopped and lived nearby on “Love Street”. I was surprised to find that it was still really cool and there was no tourist elements about it. But, the coffee was overpriced.

Brad == The Doors (self-titled first album) | The Doors rank between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for me. I think they are the greatest American band of that era. Their debut album is a monster of classic hits. To me, they are one of those rare bands that with each album got better and more complex. The rhythm section ( John Densmore and Ray Manzarek’s left hand) were massive. The melodies that Robbie Krieger added along with Ray’s right hand are dark and haunting. Add obviously Jim Morrison, and watch out! One of the only bands that I’ve sat down and learned almost 90% of their catalog.

The Easthills appear on The Chick McGee Show Podcast

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The Easthills recently welcomed The Chick McGee Show podcast to their home studios in rural Indiana. Listen in as the band plays new songs and old and talks turkey with Chick and Jess and the gang…..Enjoy, and Turn It Up.

Listen Now on Podcast One:

http://www.podcastone.com/pg/jsp/program/episode.jsp?programID=928&pid=1658991

See The Easthills Live in Concert this June in Indiana

Three great opportunities to see the band in Indiana this June:

  1. Fri, June 10 w/ Cracker & The Cold Stares at Lincoln Amphitheater in Lincoln City, IN
  2. Sat, June 11 w/ Cracker & The Ready Stance at Riverside Park Amphitheatre in Rushville, IN
  3. Thr, June 30 w/ Melodime at the Rathskeller Biergarten in Indianapolis, IN

See you all soon!

The Easthills roll out new video for “Snake In My Gut”

The Easthills were fortunate last fall to open for a band that we all admire, Cheap Trick. Our buddy Dan Starkey caught some of the magic that evening and put together this little time capsule of the night. It was pretty special. Not only did we get to serve as support, but the band was beyond complimentary of our set and had us join them on stage for “Dream Police” during their set. The video also contains some glimpses of the great Doug Gillard from when he graced us with his presence at the Safe House (Hank’s studio) and did some brilliant recording with us. Enjoy….and thanks Cheap Trick for showing us how it’s done!

You can view the video here:

The Easthills release new album Fear and Temptation

The Easthills release new album Fear and Temptation

Highly anticipated new album features appearances by members of Tesla, REO Speedwagon, Nada Surf and Georgia Satellites

Available now thru iTunes, Amazon, TheEasthills.com & CD Baby

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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 1, 2016) The Easthills today released their highly anticipated 12 song full-length new album Fear and Temptation. It is available in CD format at Luna Music, thru online order at TheEasthills.com and for digital download online thru iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and the band’s official website. Fear and Temptation follows the 2013 critically acclaimed album Death Of A Salesman and the 2014 EP World Class Prick.

A series of singles have been released in advance of Fear and Temptation including “Mothers & Fools”, “Snake In My Gut (Caroline’s Heart), “Holiday Women”, and most recently “Here Without Me”.

The Easthills founding members, Will Barada and Hank Campbell, have contributed equally on songwriting, vocals and guitars to produce a riff heavy and melodic collection of songs for Fear and Temptation. The new album continues their signature big harmonies and big guitars sound but boasts a new direction sonically and with the subject matter presented and explored. They have also incorporated a broader depth of capabilities in the studio by using various instruments and players with the end goal of making the absolute best record that they can.

The Easthills first full-length album, Death Of A Salesman, consisted of Barada, Campbell and Brad Morgan on drums. Fear and Temptation sees the full live band lineup contributing to the recording process with Wade Parish on drums, Banner Morgan on guitar, and Brad Morgan now on bass. Fear and Temptation also features renowned indie rock guitar legend Doug Gillard (Nada Surf, Guided By Voices) on six songs, Frank Hannon of Tesla and Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon on “Holiday Women”, guitarist Rick Richards (Georgia Satellites, Izzy Stradlin) on “Here Without Me”, and Paul Barada on piano on “Remember The Kids”. The album was produced by Doug Henthorn (Healing Sixes, Joe Bonamassa, John Hiatt).

The Easthills celebrated the release of Fear and Temptation on February 27 with a sold out show in Indianapolis. They will appear at The Vogue in Indianapolis on April 3 with Candlebox and have a series of additional shows in April, and more to be announced for the summer.

The band rounded out 2015 with shows supporting Cheap Trick and the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and recently wrapped up their 2016 winter mini-tour. Since the inception of The Easthills they have played multiple Midwest shows with REO Speedwagon, Fastball, Georgia Satellites, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Here Come the Mummies while also serving as support for Cheap Trick, Tesla, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ian McLagan (Faces) and Blues Traveler. The band has also appeared on several noteworthy music festivals playing alongside the likes of Flaming Lips, Weezer, Roky Erikson, Guided By Voices, Meat Puppets, Chris Robinson and many more.

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The Easthills premiere new song featuring Rick Richards of Georgia Satellites

The Easthills premiered their latest song “Here Without Me” via David Lindquist and the Indianapolis Star. The song features guitar work by Rick Richards of Georgia Satellites and Izzy Stradlin’s (Guns N’ Roses) solo projects. The Easthills have performed with the Georgia Satellites on several shows over the past few years and have befriended Rick, and the other members of the band.

Click HERE to hear the new song now.

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The Back Story on “Holiday Women”

As we said, we’re sharing some images & stories of the recording process in advance of the 3/1 release of our new album.

Last August our manager Andy picked up Frank Hannon at Klipsch Music Center when he was in town with Def Leppard as Tesla was on tour with them.

Originally we had asked Frank to put slide guitar on this tune Hank had written called “Holiday Women”. We had opened for Tesla in Indy and Frank was very complimentary of the band that night, so he remembered us. He obliged and showed up with guitar in hand to record. But then, he excitedly became even more involved in the song and by the end of the day had also laid down an acoustic intro, double guitar solo, backing vocals and the slide we had originally asked for.

And to top it all off he spent the end of the day showing Brad the secrets of playing the intro to Tesla’s “Love Song”. A truly selfless guy who chose to spend the day helping us, and our song, be the best it can be. And to that we will always be grateful to Frank for.

The song also features Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon on piano……

In the fall of 2014 Hank and our manager Andy were talking about who they could get to play piano on the song. Since the song had a very Rolling Stones kind of vibe to it Andy suggested we reach out to Ian McLagan. We had played a show in 2013 with him and it only seemed natural, though lofty, to at least try. McLagan was a member of Small Faces, The Faces and toured with The Rolling Stones.

So, Andy called Ian and he quickly said yes. He told Andy to send him the tune when we had it ready. Sadly, Ian passed in late 2014 before the song was at a point to send on.

Back to square one.

Once the song did become ready Hank and Andy reconvened and Andy suggested we reach out to Neal of REO as we had done several shows with them and they were very kind to us each time. Plus Neal was born in Evansville so a fellow Hoosier at heart. Andy then emailed their manager who connected him with Neal. Within 24 hours Neal agreed to do it. And within a few weeks he bounced the song back to us with his parts plugged in. He recorded his parts in his home studio.

Neal stated in a recent interview with the Indianapolis Star about “Holiday Women” that he channeled his inner Nicky Hopkins for the tune. Ironically, Hopkins is best known as a former recording and touring piano and keyboard player with the Stones…..So, maybe Ian had a hand in the final product after all !!

Also, you can buy the single for “Holiday Women” now via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc. or stream it now via The Easthills website.

Dave Lindquist from the Indianapolis Star also wrote a great story where he talked to both Frank and Neal. You can read that here:

http://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/01/26/easthills-tesla-hannon-reo-speedwagon-doughty-indianapolis-holiday-women/79333782/

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The Easthills release new single feat. Frank Hannon (of Tesla) & Neal Doughty (of REO Speedwagon)

The Easthills release third single “Holiday Women” from forthcoming album

Song features special guests: guitarist Frank Hannon (of Tesla) & Neal Doughty (of REO Speedwagon) on piano

New single is available now thru iTunes, Amazon, TheEasthills.com & CD Baby

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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Jan. 26, 2016) The new, and third, single from Indiana-based rock band The Easthills is now available. “Holiday Women” features a special guest appearance by renowned rock guitarist Frank Hannon (Tesla) on both acoustic and slide guitars and classic rock legend Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) on piano. The song is available now for digital download through iTunes, Amazon, TheEasthills.com and CD Baby, and will be included on The Easthills’ forthcoming full-length sophomore album Fear and Temptation, out on March 1, 2016.

“Holiday Women” is a departure for The Easthills and represents the bands classic rock influences. “Holiday Women” is released on the heels of the forthcoming album’s first two released songs “Mothers & Fools” and “Snake In My Gut” (Caronline’s Heart), both of which were issued in late 2015 and feature Doug Gillard  (Nada Surf, Guided By Voices) on guitar.

“We have been fortunate to serve as an opener for Tesla in Indy and on multiple shows for REO Speedwagon. During the recording of the new album we created this barroom style tune that had a very jangly guitar tone to it. We felt like it called for slide guitar and piano so we decided to reach out to both Frank and Neal who graciously obliged; of which we are most appreciative,” stated Hank Campbell of The Easthills.

Fear and Temptation follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2013 full-length debut album Death of a Salesman and the 2014 four-song EP World Class Prick. The new album promises another dose of indie-pop-rock-meets-classic-rock, additional guests in addition to Hannon, Doughty and Gillard will be announced soon. Additional singles will continue to be released digitally in the coming months after the album’s release. The full-length album will be available in both digital and CD formats upon release on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

The Easthills rounded out 2015 with shows supporting Cheap Trick and the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and have a winter 2016 mini-tour on the books that includes stops on 1/29 in Newport, KY (near Cincinnati, OH) at the Southgate House Revival; 2/5 in Terre Haute, IN at The Verve; 2/20 in Dayton, OH at Blind Bob’s; 2/25 in Columbus, OH at Ace of Cups and a special album release show on 2/27 in Indianapolis, IN at White Rabbit Cabaret that will also features special guests Miles Nielsen and Doug Henthorn.

Since the inception of The Easthills they have played multiple Midwest shows with REO Speedwagon, Fastball, Georgia Satellites, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Here Come the Mummies while also serving as support for Cheap Trick, Tesla, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ian McLagan (Faces) and Blues Traveler. The band has also appeared on several noteworthy music festivals playing alongside the likes of Flaming Lips, Weezer, Roky Erikson, Guided By Voices, Meat Puppets, Chris Robinson and many more.

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