ESKIMO Joe frontman Kav Temperley treated about 150 patrons to an intimate gig last night at Launceston’s The Irish hotel.
Temperley, who is touring for the 10th anniversary of Eskimo Joe’s A Song Is A City album delivered tracks such as From the Sea and Smoke along with covers and stories recounting the writing and recording of the album.
"I don’t think art can exist in a vacuum,’’ Temperley said when asked about the inspiration behind some of the songs from the A Song Is A City album.
"It needs to have this eco system of ideas going around"
Temperley is no stranger to Launceston having toured here many times since Eskimo Joe formed in 1997.
"We’ve had all kinds of gigs here over the years, and played in all kinds of venues".
The band headlined MSFest in 2010 and performed at the first Launceston Breath of Life festival.
"I’ve come here from 1998 onward with the ’Eskies.
‘‘Our first gig where we played was the Uni bar. I just remember playing and this guy was sitting up the front with this rottweiler and as we were playing this really fast punky stuff, the owner was laughing as this dog was about 30 centimetres away from my hand as I played.’’
‘‘That was my first time in Launceston, it was all up from there!"
■ For a review of the gig, see Thursday’s edition of X-static.