ESKIMO JOE - 2005 AUSTRALIAN BAND
OF THE YEAR
ARIAS 2005 Award winning Australian 'band of the year’, does not only
represent the average Joe Blogg kind of character, but it
demonstrates that true talent succeeds in the end. Perth’s Eskimo Joe
is among other flourishing bands such as ‘End of Fashion’, ‘The
Sleepy Jackson’ and ‘Little Birdy’ that are showing that living on
the Western side of Australia does not necessarily mean that you cannot
thrive in the continent-wide Australian Music Industry, or even Internationally for that
MacLeod, Eskimo Joe’s guitarist, proudly highlights the fact
that all the members of all the bands in Western Australia are really good friends.
"Every time you
see any of them doing well you feel a great sense of pride,
and you are also spurred on to achieve more yourself.
real healthy, friendly competition we have over here,” he
Joe's band members are very content knowing they do not have to give up their homes, family and
friends by having to move interstate or overseas to
gain the success they now enjoy. All were brought up around
Perth and Stu comments, “The boys and I appreciate the fact we
are living in
and we feel this is a place where we can have a sanity base. We
also have a strong family and friends base here. Too much
Industry here could cause a loss of the innocence that still
seems to exist in this part of the world."
Eskimo Joe - Stuart MacLeod
(guitarist) & Kav Temperley (vocalist and bass)
Before Eskimo Joe was formed, Stu and friend Kav Temperley, Eskimo
Joe’s vocalist and bass player, wrote songs together and played in cafes.
The time came when Stu and Kav decided
that they should form a band. Stu and Kav auditioned a few drummers but when Joel
Quatermain said he could play the drums, it became apparent to
both that Joel's musically talents extends beyond being
drummer. So Joel won the
audition and became the drummer of Eskimo Joe.
Joel also plays the guitar and is one of the guitarists when the band is on
Kav and Joel
were school friends and also former members of the band 'Freud’s
Eskimo Joe - Paul Keenan
(backing on drums) & Kav Temperley (vocalist and bass player)
that the band appreciates the success it now experiences and he
highlights the fact that the members may not have been so grateful for their success if they
had been just an overnight sensation. Surprisedly, music was not Stu’s first passion
for he did not pick up the guitar until he was
sixteen. At an earlier age he actually felt that he was destined to become an actor! He
and fellow band member Kav were enrolled in a scholarship for the
Theatre Arts course for five years and it was during these five
years that the two became close. Earlier Stu thought that after he left school he
would start a career as an actor, but instead the band took over. He
justifies this change of plan by saying, in a joking manner, "Well, I’m still on the
The trio’s first
gig as Eskimo Joe was in 1997 when they entered the National Campus Band
Competition of that year, a competition that they won. This
was followed in
1998 by another success when they became number 33 in Tripple J’s hottest 100 with
their song, 'Sweater' from their first EP of the same name.
the band’s EP was released, the band members did not take it
seriously for they were just having a bit of a laugh. “We didn’t think
that we would be taking
the world by storm, or anything like that,” says Stu. “We were
just having fun! But
about a year later we had to sit down to discuss what the band was
going to do in the future and what we actually wanted out of
it. The band members all agreed that
we had to start writing the sort of music that we actually wanted to listen
Stu comments that he has an appreciation for artists who write
their own music, because it generally means more to him when the song is
performed by the artist who wrote it. When asked what his music
influences are he replied, “Anyone who writes timeless melodies,
anyone who can write the songs that hit you where it hurts”. Stu
has a long list of musicians he feels fits this category, and the
includes early David Bowie and The Beatles to name a couple.
has developed into a a
real brotherhood for its the members have grown up with each
other. “We have a love and respect for each other and
we believe that individually the band members have their own talent, and
so we all respect and understand each other’s talent and short
comings. It comes down to the fact that we all are pulling together
to try and write the perfect song,” says Stu.
integrity prohibits its members from selling or promoting anything that they do
not believe in, and this same integrity would not allow them to receive any sponsorship from areas
that they did not support. They have even turned down big money
from certain sponsors.
Eskimo Joe is
hoping to travel overseas in the next twelve months. The band went
over to America last year and the members felt it was a lot of fun.
They now desire to travel to the UK and tour parts of Europe. They anticipate
doing this after the release of their next album.
Article and photos
by Chrissy Layton, AusNotebook Music & Creative (31/3/06)
Eskimo Joe's website is
performed at the Waterfront Food & Wine Festival in March, 2006. This festival supports 'Gold
Coast Police Citizens Youth Club' and 'Miami
Beach Surf live Saving Club'.
Waterfront Food & Wine Festival
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