East Street is the 9th album by Nottingham songwriter Jack Peachey, known since 2010 by the pseudonym Gallery 47. The album was recorded at Jack’s family home over the Christmas period in 2019/2020. The bare bones of all songs were recorded on a Gibon Les Paul Studio through a Vox AC 15 amp on the same day. Most takes were recorded with an AKG C414 condenser microphone, and many songs feature upwards of ten vocal takes double tracked in unison or harmony. There is no bass guitar on the album except for the final song, ‘Calm’. One song, ‘Dulcimer #2’ is instrumental and dates back to 2013. Despite the seemingly melancholic subject matter – many songs touch affectionately on paranoia, disease, addiction and death – the album was written and recorded in a positive state of mind, optimistic for the future.
The album features drums by long-time collaborator Gary Judd, previously of Nottingham group ‘Long Dead Signal’. They have recently been joined for practices and live shows by Ben Hellings on Bass, also of Long Dead Signal. The three have become good friends, feeding off each other’s moments of cynicism and enthusiasm. They meet on Sundays and are already planning the next album ‘Bye & Bye’. East Street finds Jack in the last year of a publishing deal with BMG, Berlin. He has tried to make ends meet in various day-jobs and is pleasantly nihilistic about his prospects in life.