Q&A Scene: Kav Temperley ~ Eskimo Joe

Tell us about your new single The First Time?

 ‘the first time, is a song about looking back at your first kiss or yout first love or the first time you tried a cigarette albeit through rose coloured glasses, forgetting all the heartache sleepless nights that were part of the journey that often makes us who we are.

Its very easy when your alone and lonely late at night to look back these things through your own lense

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

 That’s a very hard question, but our song ‘from the sea’ just turned 20 this March, and that is a song that is undeniably very important to us and the people who love our band, and the funny thing is it almost didn’t make it on to the record.

We were mostly finished with the album ‘A song is a city’ but when we looked at the work as a whole we realised we needed another upbeat “banger” i realised that there was one song that I had written but i’d given it to my friend andy, i had very awkwardly go back him and ask for the song back, he was upset but forgave me eventually. I just can’t imagine our band or that album without that very important song.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

We are a band that is definitely a sum of its parts, it doesn’t sound like an eskimo joe song until we’ve all added our flavours.

Joel brings the big picture. I bring the heart and stu throws some left of centre curve ball into the mix.

So it would be like if you went to a cafe and ordered an eggs benedict but instead of bread there was roti and the eggs were cooked in panko crumbs with some fresh chilli on top

We’re basically pop band but not how you’d imagine.


Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Just recently we did a show and one of our band members was having a particularly difficult day and hadn’t eaten so they were crashing hard in the blood sugar department, we were trying to do soundcheck and he just kept yelling out “Sandwiches” hoping that someone would bring him a sandwich from the rider which someone eventually did and we got on with the job. 

Since then whenever we go up to the microphone during sound check to check the lines everyone just yells “sandwiches” and then of course the whole band just falls over laughing.



What, or who, inspires you?

I’m always listening to music sometimes old sometimes new as well as  reading everything from the news to poetry to straight up fiction, i think creation can be helped by what food/inspiration you put in, all these ingredients get fed to your subconscious and come back out in the form of a song.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

 Probably…jealous guy 

What’s next for you?

We’re about to hit the road for the lookout festival where we’ll be playing ‘the first time’ live for the first time. Then we hit the road for a national acoustic tour that will take us to some beautiful country town theatres all over australia.

What’s your scene?

The weirdos.



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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.