Alt act to play stripped back hits

April 20, 2024 BY

Iconic: Eskimo Joe have amassed more than 750,000 sales across Australia and released six albums since forming in 1997. Photo: SUPPLIED

FREMANTLE’S stalwart alt rock trio Eskimo Joe will soon kick off a national tour of stripped-back renditions of their classic hits with their first stop being at Civic Hall next week.

The Ballarat gig will kickstart a 20-date tour around Australia which will see the group serenade crowds with acoustic versions of their beloved catalogue.

“This tour allows us to present our music in a more intimate setting, strengthening our connection with our audience,” said bass player and vocalist Kav Temperley.

“Each performance is crafted to deepen the musical experience, blending the high energy of festival shows with the personal touch of our acoustic sessions.”

The tour comes off the back of their recent single The First Time which was released in March and marks the band’s first new music since their 2022 cover of Crowded House’s Into Temptation.

“It feels great releasing some new music with Eskimo Joe,” Temperley said.

“We had such an amazing year last year, playing all different kinds of shows, and ending the year with Good Things Festival that saw us playing in front of crowds of 30,000.

“We left 2023 feeling so connected with our audiences that we felt that now is the right time to write a new tune.”

Formed in 1997, Eskimo Joe’s blend of stadium-ready tunes and earworm melodies took the Australian music scene by storm with their Black Fingernails, Red Wine single netting the band the ARIA Award for Single of the Year in 2006.

Tickets are $69 and can be booked at bit.ly/3VVjhGw.