STRONG FIN­ISH

With rock­ers Eskimo Joe set to close the Surfers Paradise LIVE con­cert on Sun­day, we chat to gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Joel Quar­ter­main

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WHAT’S your fond­est mem­ory of the Gold Coast?

We were lucky enough in our very early days to play at the Play­room a few times. That venue was an ab­so­lute in­sti­tu­tion so to be on the list of le­gendary bands that have played there is an hon­our.

What do you have planned for your Surfers Paradise LIVE set?

How will you shake things up? Plenty of en­ergy and a set full of songs that every­one will know and hope­fully love.

What do you like about do­ing stand-alone shows like this?

Prob­a­bly see­ing and meet­ing bands that we’ve ad­mired from afar.

What have you guys been up to in 2017 so far?

We’ve played a few shows, so we’ll be in great form by the time we hit the GC.

Are there any new Eskimo Joe projects cur­rently in the works?

We’ve been keep­ing busy work­ing on sep­a­rate things ac­tu­ally. I’ve been work­ing with a bunch of ex­cit­ing artists as a pro­ducer for a while now, which I love. Kav has been do­ing some solo mu­sic and Stu has been work­ing in radio.

Does it ever get tire­some play­ing your clas­sics? How do you keep things fresh?

It doesn’t ac­tu­ally. When the crowd re­acts it def­i­nitely keeps the tunes fresh.

What an­noy­ing habits have you guys no­ticed about each other over the years while on the road?

With Kav, it’s prob­a­bly a se­vere case of “ants in pants” and Stu tends to leave his wal­let at home. I’m sure there’s a mil­lion an­noy­ing things about me.

How do you feel about Aus­tralian mu­sic right now?

Ex­cited! There’s so many tal­ented new artists at the mo­ment. It seems like the world is a much smaller place these days so the scope for bands to kill it over­seas is re­ally ex­cit­ing too.

If you could head­line a festival with four other Aussie acts, who would you choose?

In­clud­ing bands that don’t play any­more: INXS, Tame Im­pala, You Am I, AC/DC.

Eskimo Joe, Surfers Paradise LIVE, beach stage, Sun­day 7.45pm

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