Eskimo Joe

Fremantle’s Eskimo Joe maybe have only started topping the charts with 2004 album A Song is a City but their story goes back much further. As the legend goes, bassist and vocalist Kavyen Temperley, guitarist Stu MacLeod and drummer Joel Quartermain formed to take part in the 1997 National Campus Band Competition. A few gigs later, they’d taken the national crown and had scored themselves a spot at Brisbane’s Livid festival alongside the likes of Cake, Dinosaur Jr and Veruca Salt.

In 1998, the Eskies released the Sweater EP, which quickly became the novelty hit of the year. The band signed to Modoular in 1999 and returned with with a self-titled EP that took them around the country thanks to singles Ruby Wednesday and Turn Up Your Stereo.

Though Eskimo Joe continued to tour the nation on the strength of just two EPs, it wasn’t until 2001 that the trio finally released their debut long player. Produced by Pulp producer Ed Buller, Girl went gold thanks to hits like Who Sold Her Out, Liar and Planet Earth. Shortly after Girl’s release, the band parted ways with Modular, signing with Festival Mushroom ahead of their second album.

Early in 2004, the band returned to the airwaves with From the Sea, which soon became their biggest selling single. When A Song is a City was released in May that year, it went straight into the ARIA albums chart at number two and went on to go double platinum. Three more singles followed in the form of Smoke, Older Than You and Life is Better With You, while the band received five ARIA Awards nominations for the album. The national tour for A Song is a City also marked a new-look Eskimo Joe, with Quartermain moving onto guitars and former Sleepy Jackson members Paul Keenan (drums) and Dan Bull (keys) joining the fold. Though Bull left to pursue his own solo career, Eskimo Joe continue to tour as a four-piece, while Temperley, MacLeod and Quartermain record as a trio.

Album number three came in 2006 in the form of Black Fingernails, Red Wine. The lead-off single of the same name hit number one on the ARIA digital download chart, while the album, released a month later debuted at number one. Two more singles – Sarah and New York – followed and, as the album eclipsed the achievements of A Song is a City by going triple platinum, Temperley, MacLeod and Quartermain found themselves receiving two ARIA Awards, for Single of the Year and Best Music DVD.

Eskimo Joe set crowd-funding record

Eskimo Joe set crowd-funding record

By Jody Macgregor 9th Feb, 2013

Eskimo Joe have raised just over $60,000 to pay for the recording of their next album using Pozible.

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State of the Art set times

By Ashryn Romaro 21st May, 2012

State of the Art is a new music festival to celebrate the new name of our June public holiday, and congratulate ourselves on the awesomeness of Perth music.

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Bob Dylan 50th anniversary tribute tour

By Tom Mann 24th Apr, 2012

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s debut The Basement Birds, a Seeker Lover Keeper and a Grate go on tour in July.

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Queenscliff Music Festival @ Queenscliff (25 - 27/11/11)

By Meaghan Cook 28th Nov, 2011

Despite the rain coming in sideways, the Queenscliff Music Festival turned 16 and proved that being a pimply teenager is cool.

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2011 ARIA Awards nominations and winners

By Tom Mann 27th Nov, 2011

The 25th ARIA Award winners have been announced with Boy and Bear, and Gotye leading the way.

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Homebake 2011 set times

By Tom Mann 23rd Nov, 2011

It’s time to take a good look at the timetable and start planning your day and dashes between the stages.

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Eskimo Joe @ The Astor, Perth, 14/10/11

By Todd Lockley 18th Oct, 2011

Fremantle's favorite sons return to WA for two sold out shows at the beautiful Astor Theatre.

Eskimo Joe, Frankie & The Heartstrings @ Forum Theatre, Melbourne (29/09/2011)

Eskimo Joe, Frankie & The Heartstrings @ Forum Theatre, Melbourne (29/09/2011)

By Liam Tracey 2nd Oct, 2011

Eskimo Joe launch their fifth album, Ghosts of the Past, at the Forum and feature a lot of old material in the process.

Eskimo Joe - Love Is A Drug

Eskimo Joe - Love Is A Drug

By Tom Mann 19th Jul, 2011

Eskimo Joe's 'Love Is A Drug' - sadly not a reworking of a Roxy Music classic...

Full Noise Festival lineup announced

Full Noise Festival lineup announced

By Jake Newell 11th Jul, 2011

One of North Queensland's largest festivals has assembled a cross-genre lineup including Eskimo Joe, Grinspoon and The Vines.

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Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time countdown

By Tom Mann 10th Jul, 2011

The 47 000 votes have been counted and it's time to reveal the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time.

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Eskimo Joe album tour

By Sarah Smith 8th Jul, 2011

Eskimo Joe are embarking on a month long tour to share tunes from their new album 'Ghosts Of The Past.'

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