ESKIMO JOE performs the song "GOT WHAT YOU NEED" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY Justine Moyle
Eskimo's Joe's sixth album, WASTELANDS, is only just landing, but has been lauded for some time now, from its highly successful Pozible crowd-funding campaign -- an important part of the story, but not the whole story -- to the early word that the band had gone... electronic?
Rest assured, there's always more textures to any story, including this one. This ain't Electro Joe. "As far as our music's concerned it's more of an electronic album," Stu MacLeod says by way of qualification. "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."
"The synths are all analogue," Kav Temperley points out. "The drum machine's from 1980 or something. So it's like, we have the technology, it's just that all the technology is older than all the guitars we've been using for the last couple of years."
"I don't know if we'd be qualified to make an electronic album," says Joel Quartermain. "We don't know how to work the gear. Nothing is programmed, it's all played."
"Put it this way, we're not going to be up against The Presets in the ARIAs," laughs Stu.
Even so, album number six from Eskimo Joe was always going to be about doing things differently. In 2012 the band left its long-time record label and in the course of writing and demoing were searching for direction. "We wanted to go about doing something with a really good bass and drum groove with vocals that had a bit more subtlety to them up the front," Kav notes. "We decided to get a producer because we're probably a little bit old and set in our ways."
Enter Burke Reid, formerly of Gerling and a masterful producer in recent times for The Drones, Oh Mercy and The Mess Hall. "It was like we needed that third party to come in and give us permission," Kav continues. "'It's okay, you're allowed to do this'. We needed to let go and when Burke came in he was able to make that happen."
Having recorded the entire album in their own studio, for themselves and their fans, with music industry politics not in the mindset, Eskimo Joe have gotten back to the ethos that set them on this 16-year odyssey in the first place.
"I think when you have a difficult record, where everyone walks away exhausted from it, that shortens the life a little bit," Kav says. "This record was such a reinvigoration for everyone that it feels like the horizon is getting a little bit longer again. You can see further into the future".
"I think that is something we've managed to create for ourselves with WASTELANDS, which is a really positive thing."
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Australian Institute of Music: http://www.aim.edu.au/
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Madison Entertainment: http://www.madent.com.au
Executive Producer & Presenter: Justine Moyle
Assistant Producer: Sinead Barrett
Camera: Joe Andrade
Mixed and Recorded by: Carl Nagy
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