Showcase: Eskimo Joe 'Wastelands'

Showcase: Eskimo Joe ‘Wastelands’

Formed in 1997 by guitarist Stuart MacLeod, Eskimo Joe have been a steady presence in the Australian music market with their alternative rock tunes. From their debut album ‘Girl’ in 2001 to their latest release ‘Wasteleands’, the band have received close to 30 ARIA Awards nominations, securing  8 wins including Single of the Year for ‘Black […]

By Laura BennettFriday 27 Sep 2013Hope NightsMusicReading Time: 2 minutes

Formed in 1997 by guitarist Stuart MacLeod, Eskimo Joe have been a steady presence in the Australian music market with their alternative rock tunes. 

Eskimo Joe return with 'Wastelands'.

From their debut album ‘Girl’ in 2001 to their latest release ‘Wasteleands’, the band have received close to 30 ARIA Awards nominations, securing  8 wins including Single of the Year for ‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’ in 2006, and Best Group for 2004’s ‘Older Than You’.

This current project sees a new era begin for Eskimo Joe though, with ‘Wastelands’ being their first crowd-funded independent project, and their first with an external producer – industry veteran Burke Reid. 

“When we first approached Burke he said, ‘I don’t know about that. I’m not really into your band’” drummer Joel recalls, “And we respected that. But we sent him three tracks and he got back saying two of them were great and got him really excited. He’d made records that we liked listening to that sounded nothing like us. I think he has a reputation of being the guy who comes in when a band wants to change their direction a bit.”

..and change direction they do. When you first listen you may wonder where the Eskimo Joe you knew has gone, amidst a new electronic edge and up tempo beats, but the longer you hang around  you’ll realise they’re still there – they’re just having a whole lot more fun. 

“There’s drum machines, there’s a hell of a lot of synths. But at the same time there’s a lot of organic grounding.” says lead singer Kav.

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‘Wastelands’ is available now, hear the lead single ‘Got What You Need’ on Hope 103.2. 

 

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