Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Yothu Yindi, Pearl Jam


band members

Rrawun Maymuru - lead vocals. PJ White - lead electric guitar. Arian Pearson - acoustic guitar. Ngalkanbuy Mununggurr - yidaki and bilma (didgeridoo and slapsticks). Gathapura Mununggurr - drums. Malngay Yunupingu - backing vocals and bilma. Marcus Marawili - bass guitar.


Influences

Carlos Santana, Yothu Yindi, Jimi Hendrix


Website

www.eastjourney.com.au

Bio

"Explosive!" - Rolling Stone Magazine
itunes.apple.com/au/album/bright-lights-big-city-single/id882360056
East Journey are a young, exciting and dynamic rock supergroup from Indigenous music rock royalty beginnings in North East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia.
This exciting fusion of sizzling rock and acoustic tempered with the earthy traditional sounds of the yidaki and bilma, is forming a vibrant and fresh direction for Australian Indigenous Music.
East Journey bring live to the stage a stunning visual powerhouse that will leave you breathless. Their live performances are every bit as compelling as their recordings, and more.
"The appearance by young Arnhem Land band 'East Journey' caused a stampede by the 2500-strong audience to the front of the stage at the Darwin Amphitheatre" - The Music Network
North East Arnhem Land band East Journey made a firm impression with their debut album 'Guwak' back in March 2012. They accrued national airplay, nominations and awards, critical reviews, festival slots, and lead-singer Rrawun Maymuru penned the hit song 'Bayini' which gave Gurrumul his first No.1 ARIA Chart position in 2013. However, it also provided them with a solid slice of city life.
New single 'Bright Lights Big City' is a result of this experience. It’s about how we live in a fast moving, shrinking global village with all the pressures and deadlines of modern life. How we forget to live in the moment and reflect that life is for living now; and how we can remain centered and strong and think about what is really important to us amidst all the chaos and technology that compels us to ride on time 24/7..
'Bright Lights Big City' is a guitar driven song accompanied with yidaki beats that travel along a solid groove in the rhythmic bass and drum lines.
Produced by rocker Stevie Salas (ex American Idol Musical Director) for South Apache Productions, (an LA producer and fabulously talented musician in his own right) who works with the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Parliament Funk and Rod Stewart; 'Bright Lights Big City' heralds in a new dawn for young supergroup East Journey.
Released on June 13, 2014 with a perceptive film clip directed and produced by National Indigenous Music Award winning film-maker Naina Sen, the single 'Bright Lights Big City' is taken from the 'Bright Lights Big City' EP due out August 2014.
East Journey are mentored by original members of 'Yothu Yindi', including Ben Hakalitz, Buruka Tau and Stuart Kellaway, with special thanks to Witiyana Marika.
East Journey are: Rrawun Maymuru, Gathapura Mununggurr, Patrick (PJ) White, Arian Pearson, Ngalkanbuy Mununggurr, Marcus Marawili and Malngay Yunupingu.
Dancer Milika Blackie-Smith Marika appears in the 'Bright Lights Big City' music video, courtesy of Moonfish Productions.
Special thanks to our supporters Yothu Yindi and the family of the late Dr M Yunupingu, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation, Lirrwi Yolgnu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation, Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, and Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, all based in remote Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia.
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Review

Review by tommyfaith Tommy Faith

18 Feb 2015

Triple J
50

Had no idea what I was getting into when I hit play here. It sounds at once ancient and modern, traditional indigenous musicianship paired with some unexpectedly modern production. Lovely.

Had no idea what I was getting into when I hit play here. It sounds at once ancient and modern, traditional indigenous musicianship paired with some unexpectedly modern production. Lovely.

Review

Review by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

17 Feb 2015

Triple J
40

More great shredding from East Journey, riding over some great melodies and really wonderful electronic elements too. This is beautifully produced, and those vocal harmonies are a dream. Awesome stuff.

More great shredding from East Journey, riding over some great melodies and really wonderful electronic elements too. This is beautifully produced, and those vocal harmonies are a dream. Awesome stuff.

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

18 Nov 2014

Triple J
40

Sometimes I think we take music so seriously that we forget how to have fun. This, on the other hand, is nothing but fun. It's really playful and I love it.

Sometimes I think we take music so seriously that we forget how to have fun. This, on the other hand, is nothing but fun. It's really playful and I love it.