Q&A Scene: Kav Temperley

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

The album is a personal journey through the last few years of my life. My favourite era of sounds is definitely the early 70’s with albums like Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ and Van Morrison’s ‘Moon Dance’. I really wanted to make a record that had that sounded like that same soothing balm for your ears, but sounded like it came out yesterday.

With the first tour for the album I think it’s really important to go out and play these songs acoustically, so people can hear the stories behind the songs and feel like they were a fly on the wall for the beginning of this journey. It’s going to be a very stripped back and intimate experience.

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

Like simple yet Delicious pumpkin soup, you walk away feeling and nourished remembering how much you love pumpkin soup.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

For me ‘Queen Of My Heart’ is important, it is the most straight forward love song I’ve written since the Eskimo Joe album ‘Girl’. When I play the song live there is some kind of electricity that happens in the room.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

On an early tour when our first EP came out in Eskimo Joe, Stu refused to carry Joel’s tooth brush in his bag, we all argued about that one for a while and now years later we still talk about it and laugh.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I always write very autobiographically but I’m a big believer in writing from subconscious, there are only so many chords and melodies out there but when we write real stories about our life and who we are we come out with truly original ideas and that stuff is just mind blowing. 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Graceland by Paul Simon

What’s next for you? 

I’m about to embark on a national tour so I’m spending a lot of time working out how to play my album live.

What’s your scene?

My scene is a puzzle, a glass of wine, a nice piece of vinyl playing in the background with my love.

ESKIMO JOE’S KAV TEMPERLEY drops new single POLLYANNA
+ announces debut solo new album ALL YOUR DEVOTION + National Tour.

Best known as the frontman of the Australian rock n roll luminaires, Eskimo Joe, acclaimed songwriter Kav Temperley is stepping out solo.  The first taste of his upcoming album dropped today in the form of new single, Pollyanna – an ominous reflection on the relativity of happiness – the single will be received instantly with all digital album pre-orders.  Pollyanna precedes Kav Temperley’s highly anticipated debut solo album All Your Devotion, a collection of ruminating, thoughtful, and effecting songs from one of this country’s greatest talents, set for release digitally and on vinyl on September 28.  To celebrate what is the culmination of years of hard work, Kav will be hitting the road in October and November this year, kicking off on October 5 at The Milk Factory in Brisbane, and moving through the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Belgrave, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Fremantle, Margaret River, before wrapping up in Bunbury at Prince of Wales on November 3.

Pollyanna is not quite as happy-go-lucky as its namesake, but despite a moody demeanour, there is a tenacious, almost stubborn sense of positivity that lurks throughout.  With careful, considered instrumentation and an arrangement that allows deep strings, plucky piano and sparkling guitar to each complement the other, Pollyanna is a deeply effecting piece of music, made even more so with Kav’s idiosyncratic, expressive vocal delivery and lyricism.  Kav reflects on the inspiration behind the track, saying, A friend once told me that our happiness is always relative, whether we live in a war zone or paradise – our happiness always swings back to the same place.I had just lost my marriage and the band had decided to take a break, all of these things that defined me were now no longer around.  It was one of the first times in my life I felt like a stranger just rolling along, but I realised that amongst all of this I was a Pollyanna, someone despite the bad news always looks on the bright side.  This was a song I was singing to myself to remember to stay light.”

All Your Devotion is, quite simply, a daring testament of renewal.  Produced alongside Pip Norman (Troye Sivan, Jarryd James, Urthboy) and John Castle (Megan Washington, Vance Joy, Bertie Blackman), the album delicately outlines the arc of newfound romance; the rapture, with Pollyanna and Queen Of My Heart, the hesitation, with This Is The Love and Devotion, and the surrender, with High and When You RunAll Your Devotion explores new sonic territory for Kav, as sparse and uncluttered production, reminiscent of pop and folk conventions, takes precendence over rock n roll ways.  Kav reflects on some of the inspiration behind the album, saying, “We spend our lives building barricades to protect us, both physical and emotional.  But, as well as protect, these barricades can also isolate and suffocate.  All Your Devotion is about tearing those down and starting over, through all the fears and hope…It’s about growing up and moving on. It’s being courageous enough to live and to love again.”

Kav Templerley is set to perform tracks from All Your Devotion live to audiences across the country come October and November this year, as Eskimo Joe also prepare to hit the stage for the Under The Southern Stars festival run.  It’s going to be a busy few months for the skilled musician, but anticipation is high, as Kav says, “(For the All Your Devotion tour,) it’s just going to be me with an acoustic guitar and kick drum strapped to my back.  I want these shows to be raw and real so people feel like they’ve been there right next to me through the writing of this record.”

Pollyanna will be available from today and will be received instantly with all digital album pre-orders.  All Your Devotion is set for release digitally and on vinyl on September 28.

Soundcloud stream: POLLYANNA          Linkfire stream: POLLYANNA

Pre-order / stream: ALL YOUR DEVOTION and receive POLLYANNA instantly

Private Soundcloud stream (NOT FOR PUBLISHING): ALL YOUR DEVOTION

ALL YOUR DEVOTION NATIONAL ALBUM TOUR

FRI 5 OCT | THE MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 6 OCT | VILLA NOOSA HOTEL, SUNSHINE COAST QLD | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 7 OCT | PUBLIC BAR @ COOLANGATTA HOTEL, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+ | Free show

THU 11 OCT | GRACE EMILY, ADELAIDE SA | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 12 OCT | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 13 OCT | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

FRI 19 OCT | LEADBELLY, SYDNEY NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 20 OCT | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.lizottes.com.au | (02) 4956 2066

SAT 27 OCT | MOJOS, FREMANTLE WA | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 2 NOV | RIVER HOTEL, MARGARET RIVER WA | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 3 NOV | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA | 18+

Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

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