by / February 2nd, 2010 /

Eskimo Joe – The Academy, Dublin


On the eve of Australia Day Eskimo Joe have announced their only Irish date this year at The Academy, Dublin on Saturday 15 May. Tickets are on sale from this Friday, 29 January priced €16.50 inclusive of booking fee.

It was at a Cairo coffee shop said to be thousands of years old in which Kav Temperley decided it was time for something new. Here, in the El Fyshawys Café, the Eskimo Joe frontman resolved to cast off his rock-star mask, shut down the smoke machines, turn down the lasers and close the chapter of the four-times-platinum juggernaut of Black Fingernails, Red Wine. So from a bustling Egyptian eatery that never closes to the sleepy port town of Fremantle, Temperley, guitarist Stuart MacLeod and drummer Joel Quartermain found a new challenge when they regrouped in their home studio – to simply be themselves. The experience was liberating and the result is a beautiful, accomplished album that masterfully captures the finest hour in the band’s 12-year career.

Inshalla is a wonderfully unguarded and inspiring set that harnesses the band’s fresh outlook and channels it through new methods of songwriting and arranging. Infectious drum grooves pulse beneath Temperley’s emotive vocals and form an infectious dynamic that sees melodies to soar. Light keyboard flourishes, a single violin, inventive guitar tones tempered with a pleasing amount of space all paint this vivid portrait of a year in the life of Eskimo Joe.

For a band whose sound has taken giant leaps forward, from 2001’s Girl to 2004’s A Song Is A City and on to the four-times-platinum mega hit Black Fingernails, Red Wine, Eskimo Joe have stepped up to again prove why they’re one of the most heralded and enduring rock bands around today. And this candid, unselfconscious set shows that the adventure is only just beginning.

Eskimo Joe play Dublin’s Academy on Saturday 15 May. Tickets are on sale from this Friday, 29 January from Ticketmaster outlets:
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Tickets are priced €16.50 inclusive of booking fee.