Artist info


Indie, Roots

Sounds like

Sons of the West, Sons of the North, Sons of the South

band members

Jack Rollins Nic Johnston Dan Wallage


Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Paolo Nutini, Angus and Julia Stone




Sons of the East is an indie-folk band from Sydney, consisting of Jack Rollins, who once tamed an emu; Nic Johnston, the guy who is without a doubt the best at finding short cuts; and Dan Wallage, whose hair was once described by David Attenborough as ‘the single greatest organism to ever grace the earth’.

Forming in late 2011, these gentlemen have made their way around Australia, from Sydney’s best live music venues to a camel farm in Uluru.

Their sound is a saucy, heterogeneous melting pot of diverse indie sounds and sundry folk melodies; a multifarious and motley mix of banjo, organ, piano, guitar, stirring harmonies and the occasional didgeridoo. The result is a modern, alternative folk sound that draws on truly eclectic influences from far and wide, but somehow winds up feeling like home. In other words... It's good.

Sons of the East pride themselves on their rowdy, raucous and oh so rambunctious live shows, working off what they call the ‘tear-jerkers’ and the ‘boot-stompers’. They’ve been doing this quite successfully, so much so that it's gathered them local and international attention from radio stations, websites and blogs, a couple of old ladies in Yass, and plenty of venues and festivals across Australia. Sons of the East have graced the stage with the likes of The Cat Empire, The Rubens, The Jezabels, Husky, Willy Mason and Megan Washington.

Do yourself a favour, have a listen online, or get off your arse and catch them at a live show where they’ll have you dancing like a tourist running along the hot sand in summer.


Reviewed by Max Quinn Max Quinn

16 Jan 2014

Triple J

Impressive. I wanna roll in some leaves or something.

Impressive. I wanna roll in some leaves or something.