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Eskimo Joe is an Australian rock band formed in East Fremantle, Western Australiamarker in 1997. The band consists of vocalist and bassist Kavyen Temperley, drummer and guitarist Joel Quartermain and guitarist Stuart MacLeod.

Their debut album, Girl, was certified gold in 2001. Their second album A Song Is a City was released in 2004 and was later certified double platinum. The first single from the album, "From the Sea", debuted in the top 40 of the ARIA Singles Chart, as well as being voted number three in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2004.

Eskimo Joe released their third album, Black Fingernails, Red Wine, in 2006. The album was certified four times platinum. The first single released, title track "Black Fingernails, Red Wine", exceeded the commercial success of their previous work, becoming their first top 10 single, and taking out number two in Triple J's Hottest 100 2006. The group's fourth album, titled Inshalla, was released on 29 May 2009 following the release of the album's first single, "Foreign Land".


Early years

Eskimo Joe formed in 1997 in Fremantlemarker, Western Australiamarker. Kavyen 'Kav' Temperley (bass/vocals), Joel Quartermain (guitar) and Stuart MacLeod (guitar) formed a band to compete in the Australian National Campus Band Competition. At that time, Kav and Joel were also in a band called Freud's Pillow, which included Simon Leach, now guitarist in Little Birdy, and his brother Stuart Leach. Although MacLeod was not part of the Freud's Pillow line up, he is credited with co-writing the track "Mr Hoek" on the Freud's Pillow's EP Pleasure Puppy. They won the competition with and were awarded a slot on the Livid Festival and a session in a recording studio.

In this session in April 1998, they produced the Sweater EP, whose title track "Sweater" was featured in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1998. "Ruby Wednesday" and "Turn Up Your Stereo" from a the Eskimo Joe EP released in 1999 also made the Triple J Hottest 100 of that year.

Album releases

Universal's alternative offshoot Modular, signed the band in 1999. The band entered the studios with producer Ed Buller who had worked with Ben Lee, Pulp and Suede. The Girl album made the top 40 of the Australian album charts on release and went gold, with tracks such as "Who Sold Her Out" and "Planet Earth" receiving airplay on Triple J. In addition, some of the band's tracks were featured on the TV show The Secret Life of Us. During this time, the band's live shows, reflecting the added textures to their sound, began to incorporate keyboards and an extra guitar.

Although Girl earned gold sales, this was still not enough for Modular, who ended their contract with the band. Eskimo Joe then signed a new recording deal with Festival Mushroom Records in 2002, then proceeded to record the A Song Is a City album, produced by Paul McKercher and mixed by Nick Launay, in 2003. The album was released on May 17, 2004 and reached number 2 on the ARIA Album Charts. Kavyen Temperley said on the Festival Mushroom Records website that Fremantlemarker is theme of the record.

The debut single "From the Sea" made it to the top 40 of the Australian singles charts on 29 March 2004, and was number one on the Triple J Net 50 between March and May 2004. It was also used as the backing track for a series of television advertisements for the West Coast Eagles Football Club. The album A Song Is a City debuted on the ARIA Australian top 50 album chart at number 2 on May 24, 2004 and reached platinum status. "Smoke" was released as the second single and also reached the top 5 in Triple J's Net 50 in May 2004. The third single "Older Than You" became their second top 50 Australian hit after the band performed it at the ARIA Music Awards in October 2004. There was also a fourth single, "Life Is Better with You".

In August 2005, a DVD Eskimo Joe was released with all the film clips from the Eskimo Joe EP and the first two albums, a feature length documentary, a collection of live performances, and some rare tracks, including the much loved "Sweater".

The title track from their third album, "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" was released in May 2006, debuting at number 13 on the ARIA Charts before peaking at number 6, becoming Eskimo Joe's first Top 10 single. The song also peaked at number 1 on ARIA's digital track chart. The album, also called Black Fingernails, Red Wine, was released just a few weeks later on June 10, 2006, debuting at number 1 on the ARIA album chart. The second single from their album, "Sarah" was released in September 2006 and features exclusive B-sides including live and acoustic versions of "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" and a cover of the Pixies' "Hey" recorded this year for Triple J's Like a Version. The song debuted at #14 in the ARIA singles chart and two weeks later it peaked at #12. The third single "New York" which was released early 2007 only managed to chart at #26. The fourth single from the multi-platinum album "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" was "Breaking Up", debuting at #83 on the ARIA Singles Chart. In August 2007 the single "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" was released as the bands debut single in the United States. The fifth single from Black Fingernails Red Wine was "London Bombs". The singles from this album were frequently played in the background at the surf club on the aussie drama show, Home and Away.

The band released a fourth studio album Inshalla on May 29, 2009. The band has played several of the potential songs from the album at several recent performances, including "Foreign Land", which was the album's first single and was available from April 6, 2009.


In November 2006, Eskimo Joe played at the CMJ Music Festival in New York Citymarker, returning back to Australia to play at the Southbound in Western Australiamarker and the Falls Festival in Victoria & Tasmania. They also performed on all legs of the 2007 Big Day Out concerts.

On 7 July 2007 Eskimo Joe performed at the Australian leg of Live Earth in Sydney. [61526]

At the end of July, 2007 the band played a secret gig in Perth under the bill of The Andy Callison Project as a warm-up to their US tour.

The band performed in New York, Houston and Los Angeles between 17 and 26 January as part of the annual G'day USA - Australia Week 2008. The band also performed at the 2008 East and West Coast Blues and Roots Festivals (Byron Bay and Fremantle, respectively).

Eskimo Joe performed at the Sound Relief benefit concert on 14 March 2009 at the Sydney Cricket Groundmarker. Sound Relief is a benefit concert for victims of the Victorian Bushfire Crisis and the Queenslandmarker Floods. Appearing with Eskimo Joe at the Sydney concert were, Coldplay, Hoodoo Gurus, Icehouse, Jet, Josh Pyke, Little Birdy, The Presets, Wolfmother, You Am I and additional artists. Pior to the benefit concert the band performed in Perth under their psuedonym, The Andy Callison Project.



The core members of the band are:


A number of musicians have played with the band on tour and on recordings. They include:
  • Dan Bull
  • Fergus Deasey
  • Paul Keenan
  • Michael De Grussa
  • Shaun Sibbes
  • Lee Jones


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