NEW FRONT FOR ESKIMO MAN

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Street Watch - Greig John­ston

AGE­ING and rock star­dom can be an uneasy mix – but Eskimo Joe front­man Kav Tem­per­ley is em­brac­ing it as he fin­ishes off his first solo al­bum.

The kid who once hollered Sweater turns 40 next year.

Tem­per­ley isn’t daunted, though, and is look­ing for­ward to un­veil­ing the new ma­te­rial at the Fre­man­tle Folk Fes­ti­val next month.

“It’s about love, but it’s also about where I’m at in my life,” he said.

“It’s just about what it means to be a mu­si­cian of my age, go­ing deeper into this idea of love and let­ting go of old sto­ries.”

Although the band hasn’t split up, Eskimo Joe’s out­put steadily di­min­ished af­ter 2006’s Black Finger­nails, Red Wine.

It opted to crowd­fund its 2013 al­bum Waste­lands, a move that drew crit­i­cism from some quar­ters.

Tem­per­ley also sep­a­rated from his long-term part­ner around the same time. “It was a very dif­fi­cult pe­riod for a lot of rea­sons; I was go­ing through all kinds of per­sonal change in my life,” he said.

“We thought we’d ex­per­i­ment (with crowd­fund­ing). I didn’t re­ally care about the snarky com­ments be­cause for us it was all com­ing from the right place.”

More than 13 years af­ter he wrote A Song is a City, it’s clear Fre­man­tle’s grip on Tem­per­ley’s heart is as strong as ever.

“There’s a power in be­ing from a place and say­ing ‘I’m from that place’,” he said.

“You have (novelist) Tim Win­ton, you have lots of other re­ally fan­tas­tic vis­ual artists as well. We have al­ways punched above our weight here. I don’t think it’s an ac­ci­dent – I think it’s just a beau­ti­ful bub­ble to cre­ate in.”

Eskimo Joe front­man Kav Tem­per­ley has fin­ished his first solo al­bum.

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