WA trio Eskimo Joe has come a long way since their humble beginnings as much-loved indie rock kids in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Through the early EP’s, Sweater and the self-titled Eskimo Joe, featuring “Turn Up Your Stereo”, they endeared themselves to kids country-wide. The EPs were closely followed by their debut album, Girl, featuring beautiful indie ballad, “Liar”, and singles, “Who Sold Her Out” and “Wake Up”. Using striking visuals with cutting edge video clips and artwork, the band impressed the public and critics alike with a gold selling collection. Their experiences as a band progressed them musically into their second full-length album, A Song Is A City, produced by Paul McKercher and the band. The single “From the Sea” launched them to a massive double-platinum selling success and spoke of exciting things to come.
2006’s Black Fingernails, Red Wine, was the culmination of all their previous works in a cohesive and pounding shot of dark rock that hit straight the heart. Debuting at number one on the national album charts and consequently clocking up four-times platinum sales, the three-piece, now with two touring members on drums and keys, hit the road in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Korea and the UK to support releases internationally.
In 2009 Kav, Joel and Stu realized a dream when they worked with legendary producer Gil Norton (The Pixies, Foo Fighters) for their next musically diverse and internationally flavoured fourth offering entitled Inshalla, which delivered a Led Zeppelin tinged, middle eastern flavoured single in “Foreign Land”, which earned the band the most played Australian song on radio in 2009, along with an APRA award for ‘Best Rock Song’.
2011’s fifth release, Ghosts Of The Past featured first single – “Love Is A Drug” which quickly became Australia’s most added song to radio in it’s first week, with the album debuting in the #3 position in the ARIA charts upon it’s release. Featuring the band back at the production helm with longtime friend and engineer Matt Lovell (Silverchair, Snowtown soundtrack) from Black Fingernails, Red Wine – Ghosts of The Past was a resounding return to Eskimo Joe’s true rock roots.
Eskimo Joe’s sixth studio album is in the works. The band promises to reinvent themselves again with a collection of workk that will stun and suprorise. Haivng stepped out on their own and successfully completed a Pozible crowd-funding campaign in late 2012, the band have spent 2 months in the studio recording their work with the help of producer Burke Reid. An early acoustic taste of the new album was heard by punters on the recent sold out ‘Winter Warmer Tour’ with loads of praise and interest from fans – see this review of their Melbourne show for more detail. Plenty more to come from Eskimo Joe very very soon.