HELP! Vote The Eastern Gate into Summerfest!

April 2nd, 2009

We’ve entered the “Briggs Battle of the Bands” to play at Summerfest, in Milwaukee, WI on June 28th.

First round of voting goes through May 3rd, and the second round goes through June 7th. If you could help us make it to the top 10 in the first round, that would be incredible. You can vote up to 10 times a day, and with a month left in the competition, if everyone voted 10 times each day, we might stand a chance! Just search for “The Eastern Gate” in the search box in the voting section of the page.

You’ve already been so good to us. We thought we were done after we recorded our album “Seraphim,” and you keep believing in us. Thank you. Here’s your chance to continue helping us make history.

Vote Here:


February 4th, 2009

We look cool.

We look cool.

Thanks to the huge success of the album launch and the generosity of some certain sponsors (Praxis of Hillsdale College being the largest) The Eastern Gate is getting back together for a show near YOU (if you’re in the Hillsdale, MI area). Stay tuned for details, but be sure to keep March 6th and 7th open! :)


Operation: BOMB iTunes!

January 15th, 2009

bombWe’re going to BOMB iTunes, and we want YOU to help.

That’s right.  On Monday January 19th, 2009, we’re going to send an army to iTunes to MAKE HISTORY.  

Two weeks ago The Eastern Gate released our first ever album, independent of a label, and completely un-mastered. We were floored when the album hit #200 on the Amazon MP3 top-selling charts in a matter of hours — all without the backing of a big record label bankroll. 

Help us make HISTORY again, this time on the world’s most watched digital music retailer: iTunes. We’re going to BOMB iTunes on January 19th, 2009 by all buying the album at once. By doing so, we’re going to PROVE that an independent artist can still top charts based on GOOD MUSIC, and not the bankroll of the big labels.

Prove to the world that YOU and not a multi-million dollar guerrilla marketing campaign decide what good music really is. 

If you like our music help us make history, and tell all your friends to do the same!

WE especially need your help in recruiting an army for us.  So please, help make this site and event as popular as possible!

E-mail it, share it on E-mail it, share it on Facebook, Stumble it (THIS ONE IS HUGE!), vote on Reddit, DIGG it, Clip IT, and anything else.  

PLEASE — even if you don’t  know what those sites are, check them out and consider signing up for an account to help get the word out.  AND, don’t forget to SIGN IN with Google or Twitter on the right and share our site with your friends!

You can also sign up for e-mail updates on the right if you’re forgetful like me :)

Thanks a ton — you all are the best.

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Help Us Make History

January 14th, 2009

We call ourselves “The Eastern Gate”.  

The Album Cover for "Seraphim", by The Eastern Gate

The Album Cover for "Seraphim", by The Eastern Gate

That’s only because the name we used to go by (and all of our fans know us as) was taken by a Taiwanese heavy-metal group.  We changed it because we didn’t want to get sued.  Two Mondays ago we released an album.  We finished it last spring, but have held on to it - debating whether to get professionally mastered.  In the end, we didn’t.  Freshly graduated college students don’t have the money to get an album professionally mastered.

So, with frustration, we released everything AS-IS.  We did it mostly to get the thing off of our shoulders, and to get our three biggest fans from the college days to stop asking when they can get a copy.  It’s funny how loud 3 people can be sometimes.

So we released it on Monday, January 5th, 2009.  I uploaded it to a music distribution service, we put up notices on Facebook and MySpace that the album was available, and within hours our loyal fan-base had sky-rocketed us to the top 1000 albums on Amazon MP3.  

A couple hours later we were still climbing, now into the top 500.  Finally, at about 6 PM, we reached our top spot at#200 on the Amazon best-selling mp3 albums of the day.  Not only were we on the top albums charts, but we also reached #1 on the “Movers and Shakers” list.  

The Eastern Gate's "Seraphim" - #1 on Amazon's "Movers and Shakers" list

The Eastern Gate's "Seraphim" - #1 on Amazon's "Movers and Shakers" list

We were speechless.  How in the world did an amature, unsigned band of poor, just graduated college students (from a college of only 1,200 in a town of less than 7,000) manage to crack an un-mastered album into Amazon MP3’s top 200 in only a matter of hours?!

On top of that, how did we do it with just a Facebook event, and a new MySpace page with 4 friends?

It seems there is something to this social networking thing.  When people get something in their mind - when people find something they like (un-mastered or not) - word-of-mouth still reigns supreme.  People who are passionate about an idea (or maybe about a music album) can spread popularity faster than ANY record-label-backed guerrilla marketing campaign.  

Unfortunately, the mild success we had with our Amazon MP3 launch isn’t enough to prove to a lot of people that an independent no-name band can still achieve some sort of chart-topping success in today’s day and age.  

So, we’re, going to try things again, and this time with a bit of planning (not much).  

Our album was released on iTunes this week, and we want to try to make history this time.  How?  By making it onto the iTunes front-page.  

Independent artists have made it big before.  Just think of Death Cab for Cutie, or Nine Inch Nails with their latest post-label launches.  But it’s either taken time (in Death Cab for Cutie’s case) or already established fame and marketing power (Nine Inch Nails).  Youtube has made a few artists popular, but it’s a long process, and seems to be focused only on niche performances (Bo Burnham anybody?). 

We want to make the iTunes charts only 2 weeks after the debut of our un-mastered album.  We want to make it as an independent artist who has 80 fans on Facebook and just got our 6th fan on MySpace.  We want to make it to the iTunes front-page because YOU liked our music and bought our album.

So what’s the catch?  Obviously we don’t have the marketing power of the big guys.   We don’t have record-label money to throw behind a huge ad campaign.  We don’t have 1,000,000 MySpace friends, or even a Youtube video.  All we have is a blog, some good music, and YOU.  

So we’re counting on YOU for this one.  We’re counting on you to hear music you like, and pass it on.  We’re counting on you to become our fan on Facebook and MySpace, and to tell your friends to do the same.  We’re counting on you to DIGG, Stumble, e-mail, and share this page/site in ANY way you can.  And PLEASE, sign-in on the right with your Google or Twitter account so your badge proudly displays as a member/fan of this site, and share the sign-in with your friends!

And most of all, we’re counting on YOU to buy our album on iTunes on Monday, January 19th, 2009.  If we can get everyone to buy at exactly the same time, maybe for just one day we can prove that an indie band really can go from zero to famous in just a couple weeks.  YOU don’t need the bank-roll of a record-label to tell you what good music is.  Decide for yourself, and prove to the world that they can decide for themselves too.  

So fan us up, join our Facebook and Google  Calendar events, and bring all your friends.  Together we’re going to make music history, or at least have a wild ride trying!