We’re on eMusic!

February 26th, 2009

Just a quick note:

We’re live on eMusic!  Check us out here.  E-Music is one of the best sites out there for DRM free digital music, with plans that make it usually cost less than$0.35 per track!  And the best part?  New signups get up to 50 free tunes!  Check it out.  This is definitely my main digital music store.

New Album Reviews!

February 16th, 2009

Hey all,

We have some exciting news to share with everyone. The album is starting to get some notice across the music industry! Check out what Wildy’s World has to say about the album. Keep spreading the word, and help us get the music out there. We’re doing our best, but we still need your help to get the album noticed nationwide.

Wildy’s World review of TEG’s “Seraphim”

Some Awesome Articles

February 9th, 2009

It was a big week for local press!

A huge “THANK YOU” goes out to Thomas Marcetti and Mark Hensch for their wonderful articles on “The Eastern Gate”.  Check them out below!

Stay tuned — we’ll have more details on our upcoming southern MI “mini-tour” in the next couple weeks.  If you’ve never seen us live, that will be your chance!  We already have a minimum of 4 appearances booked in the Hillsdale, MI area for March 6th-14th.  WOO HOO!  As always, the best way to keep track of us is to sign up for the e-mail newsletter.  Know any venues interested in housing us sometime in that date range?  Let us know!

Keep rocking!

NUMBERS!

January 28th, 2009

Don't forget to grab the album art!

Don't forget to grab the album art!


The “unofficial” numbers are in.  

The result?  YOU still rock.

While the sales figures for the last week weren’t quite as good as we had hoped - and again, these numbers are unofficial and possibly innaccurate - they still were definitely a sign of success.  Last week on iTunes alone we had 263 individual purchases from 20 different metro areas across the U.S.  

Not too shabby.  

Definitely not earth-shattering or chart topping numbers, but a huge success none-the-less.  

Want more proof?  Below is a good summary of some of the awesomeness that YOU have made possible:
 

Website stats — 

  • At this point, we’ve had over 1,800 views of the site, from 33 different countries, and with 21 different default languages on their web-browsers.  I guess music really is the universal language! :P
     
  • On Wednesday (Jan 21st) we released a “Thank YOU!” free download-able track (go get it yourself!) on the website.  It’s a special version of “Whirlwind” not available on the purchased album.  That track alone has been downloaded 62 times.
     
  • 29 users have signed in at our site to become members.  Users can sign-in with their logins for Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or AIM. 
     

 Social Networks / Services —

  • On Facebook our “Help us MAKE HISTORY!” event garnered over 1700 total invitations, and over 300 “Yes” or “Maybe” responses.
     
  • Between Facebook and MySpace, we have 70 new fans since the album release on January 5th.
     
  • Our MySpace profile has been viewed 554 times.
     
  • On Twitter (@theeasterngate) we’ve gathered 152 followers in the last two weeks, including MTV Music (@MTV_Music), EMI Music Norway (@EMINO), ATT Mobile Music (@attmobilemusic), and several music blogs and radio stations.
     

Music sites —

  • Our album “Seraphim” is being sold on FIVE music distribution sites (iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, LaLa.com, Shockhound.com) and will be on FOUR others within the next two weeks (eMusic, Rhapsody, AmieStreet.com, and GroupieTunes.com).
     
  • On our first day for sale on Amazon MP3 (January 5th), we reached #200 on the best-selling albums of the day, and #1 on the “Movers and Shakers” chart.  Since then, we’ve peaked back into the top 1000 albums in sales rank 6 times.
     
  • Between Amazon MP3 and iTunes, 13 fans have left reviews — all 5 stars.  We have a perfect 5 star rating at both stores right now.

Follow us on Twitter!!

January 27th, 2009

Transparency has become a pretty popular buzzword these days. While you’re able to follow The Eastern Gate as a band on Twitter, we wanted to be able to give you, the fans, a little bit closer glimpse into the mysteries of those within the band. Alex and Josh are regulars on Twitter and wanted to give you the chance follow them. You can either find their tweets on their respective bio pages or at the following links:

Alex - http://www.twitter.com/alexlinebrink
Josh - http://www.twitter.com/jdpeterson

Follow us, and thanks again for listening :) We will have more news soon on the damage of our bomb last Monday!!!

Here’s a Treat — Our “Thank You”

January 20th, 2009

Yeah, Noah rocks too.

Yeah, Noah rocks too.


Because you ROCK.  

A few of you have noticed that the version of “Whirlwind” is a bit different than the album release.  You’re right — we were messing around afterwards and Ethan mixed up this version with a rad intro and a re-mixed solo.  

So, as our “Thanks” for your participation and support in the events of the last week, here it is — our present to you, absolutely FREE.

Whirlwind w/ Intro (right-click and click “Save As” to download)

In other news, I can’t say it enough: you guys have been INCREDIBLE.  Over the last week we’ve gotten over 1,500 views of the website from 29 different countries, with 18 different native languages on their web-browsers.  I guess music really is universal, eh?

We haven’t seen the album hit the iTunes charts yet, but we are still watching, so KEEP ‘EM COMING!  I’m wondering if the iTunes charts only work on an extended period of time.  Believe it or not, we’ve actually made it back into the top 1000 on Amazon MP3 twice in the last two days.  Way to go!

Thanks again.  The positive responses keep rolling in.  We’ve had people writing us about how inspiring we’ve been, and a rather large MI band by the name of Darling Down ask us to play with them. 

Who knows — if this kind of response keeps up, we might have to find ourselves in the same area again for long enough to play a few more shows :)

There are always more updates coming, so why not subscribe so you don’t have to keep checking back here?  Links are in the top-right for both RSS and E-Mail updates.

Have an AWESOME night!

Midnight Update: What a DAY!

January 20th, 2009

Waiting for the results...

Waiting for the results...

Congratulations on an awesome day!  

The e-mails, Facebook comments, and iTunes reviews keep rolling in with congratulations, thanks, and encouragement.  If it stops at that, we’ve already done something awesome.  Any event that causes that many people to rally together and make a stand for something this noble is a big deal!  

So far, I haven’t seen us crack into the “Top 100 Albums” chart on iTunes, but that doesn’t mean ALL hope is lost!  For one, the chart hasn’t caught up to midnight yet — it’s still at around 10:24 PM.  Second, the chart might be charting for the LAST 24 hours ONLY.  That would mean our positioning wouldn’t even have a chance to start until the chart time-stamp hits midnight, and more like 7 or 8 AM (so, we need to check back tomorrow).  And third, we made a lot of noise and momentum today!  We’re still waiting on at least two feature newspaper articles to come out, so there’s a good chance the press to come AND the already built momentum could push us into the charts sometime in the next few days!

One thing I do know is this: YOU put on QUITE a show.  The reviews on iTunes are rolling in, and people are talking about our album that I’ve never met before.  It’s a beautiful thing!

Not everybody was in love with what we were doing, though.  At about 8:20 PM (at the heat of our most active stream of web traffic) the site was hacked.  I apologize tremendously if you came during the next couple hours when it may have been dysfunctional or trying to push weird java-scripts at you.  On the other side, though, congratulations on being part of something so passionate that it caused controversy! :)  Deep in my heart, I believe it was a jealous record label that hired that hacker :)

The updates will still be coming tomorrow, so keep checking back.  Also, be sure to check out the newest site feature: the Shout-Box!  Feel free to shout something out to the site visitors by typing your message in the sidebar :)  You can even put video in there.

Finally, don’t stop spreading the word!  If you like our music, and you know of anyone else who would like it, PLEASE send the word on!  Even if our 1-day bomb doesn’t end up landing us that top 100 spot, we’ve covered some MAJOR ground for a no-name band and certainly hope for more!

Do you have any questions? Comments? Ideas?  Success stories? PLEASE drop us a line!  You’ve been the source of any success we’ve had, and your input is IMPORTANT to us.

Keep ROCKING!

-Alex & The Eastern Gate

Mid-Day Update: Lot’s of NOISE!

January 19th, 2009

We're in the 'nets.

We're in the netz, makin history.

Wow — THANK YOU everybody!

We haven’t cracked onto the charts yet, but they haven’t updated since 8:32 AM either :P  We’ll keep track of the next couple updates and see what kind of damage we do. 

Meanwhile, a TON of noise is being made for us all over the world.  Here’s a glimpse:

Have you seen or made other mention of The Eastern Gate and Operation: Bomb iTunes?  Let us know!  We’ll be sure to include you in one of our roundup posts.

Today YOU decide.

January 19th, 2009

Bombs away.

Bombs away.

It’s Monday - January 19th, 2009. 

Our album released on Amazon EXACTLY two weeks ago, and YOU made it hit #200 on the top-selling albums charts.  It was a feat to be remembered.  Thank you.

Now it’s time to make it count.

If you haven’t already, read about our mission to BOMB iTunes and what it means to independent music EVERYWHERE.

If you want to help as much as you can, do everything on our “2-Minutes or LESS” list.

But please, stop reading this already and…

GO BUY THE ALBUM ON ITUNES!!!

And by the way, here’s the chart we want to crack.  Use it to keep track of our progress.  We’ll also try to keep you up-to-date on here throughout the day.

Operation: BOMB iTunes —- GO!

(P.S. — if you don’t use iTunes and refuse to do so for us, we’d gladly support a purchase from anyone else.  Links are on the nav bar.)

RAVE Reviews

January 16th, 2009

Thanks everyone!  

Below are just a few of the awesome reviews we’re getting from all over.  Thanks again — you’re awesome.  Stay tuned — we’re already getting interest from the press, and expecting a barrage of coverage on Monday.  Keep spreading the word!  And if you or anyone you know are working in journalism (including popular blogs), media, radio (online or offline), or anything that could get us some extra exposure — HOOK US UP!  We’re giving out free downloads of a few songs to press for review or radio play.  

One of the more interesting and eclectic albums, drawing from a wide range of inspiration from Led Zeppelin to Radiohead, from traditional irish melodies to blues riffs. Melodically driven, soaring instrumentals and and creative arrangements from a group of talented young musicians. … keep and eye out for these people in the future.   — M. Rhiannon Sheehan - Brooklyn, NY (via Amazon)

… The Eastern Gate succeeds in running in their first musical endeavor is laudatory; the inclusion of less finished and polished material is admirable. One feels that they are experiencing the musical process, which few bands are able to draw the listener into. — Jason Carr, Hillsdale, MI (via Amazon)

These tracks showcase a variety of styles from acoustic folk in “I and You,” to pop/alternative in “Light and Sound,” and 80s rock in “Rock and Roll Nun.” Needless to say, there is something for everyone in this album. All in all a great album from small town superstars. — Dorian Blakley - Minneapolis, MN (via Amazon)

… Each song on the album speaks of influences in different genres, and their wide-ranging stylistic ventures ensure a fascinating blend of melodic prowess, catchy tunes, and moments of sheer brilliance. The group breaks through the mold not only in their clever instrumentation but in their inspired use of violin to provide melodic counterpoint to the vocals and break free of the standard over-saturated musical genres. For those looking for a driving, virtuosic tour-de-force, look no further than The Eastern Gate’s debut album, “Seraphim.”  — Allen J. Shoff - Akron, OH (via Amazon)

Seraphim is awesome!!  — KalyanAkkipeddi - Ooty, India (via Twitter)

I bought the album and … I love the website, too!  — Tonya Kay - Los Angeles, CA (via Twitter)
 

Thanks again — you guys ROCK.