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Eskimo Joe




Walking into the sold out East Brunswick Club last Friday to see Eskimo Joe perform, I could immediately sense that there was a great sense of love and familiarity in the air, much like the welcoming home of an old friend. Taking to the road for the first time since their Inshalla release tour back in 2009, Eskimo Joe were rested and ready, roadtesting some new material, whilst at the same time refamiliarising themselves with their back catalogue. The origins of this show evolving from a weekly jam session at the Norfolk Hotel (their local watering hotel whilst preparing for their new album) in which the lads put on an impromptu performance in the beer garden one Friday afternoon, this performance that quickly evolved into a packed out end of week affair just weeks later.

  

Tonight the show was promoted as a more intimate stripped back and acoustic performance, though in actuality, by the time Eskimo Joe took to the stage we were really only one or two electric gutiars and a smoke machine away from a stadium rock show . . .and I have no problem with that. Opening with a truly grandeous wall of sound, one that transitioned into a cavernous rendition of 2006 hit "New York", Eskimo Joe really hit the ground running, reinstating exactly what it is that we love about these boys from far west.

  

Eskimo Joe frontman Kav Temperly has a real deceptively rich voice, one that, like the band, ages well with age; and tonight Temperley's voice was in fine form as they reeled off all their beloved hits like "Older Than You", "From The Sea", "London Bombs", "Sarah" and "Black Fingernails Red Wine", just to name a few.

  

There was good cheer all along the way as Kav and the boys interspersed the set with their stories and musings, it was plain to see that they were extremely comfortable up in the spotlight and really made everyone feel part of the moment. When beginning to sing "Let Me Down", Temperley had a brain freeze and forgot the first line of the song, it was only when someone in the crowd googled the videoclip that he was able to jog his memory.

  

Recent touring addition, keyboardist Tony Burke, was a crowd favourite tonight as he melodically accompanied the boys throughout the rock oddyssey they were helming; and a tip of the hat must go out to him for his fingerwork during the performance of their current single "When We Were Kids", for it was finger lickin' good.

  

Topping off the night with another new track, "Love Is A Drug: and the Heath Ledger inspired "Foreign Land" Eskimo Joe succeeded in delivering a fine performance and showcased exactly why they are one of Australia's best bands.

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