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Livin' Live

Perth's Eskimo Joe are a band on a mission. After recently inking a deal with Modular Recordings, the band is preparing themselves for the lengthy process of recording an album. With a self-titled EP already to their credit, Eskimo Joe have decided to hit the road and take their music to the place where it counts most - the live world.

"We're keen to play more," Kav plainly states.
"We like playing live. It's a completely different kind of experience to recording your songs in the studio. It's more variable. You can interact between the people in front of you and what you are playing. That's kind of cool."

Thanks to 'Sweater' scoring serious airplay, there was quite strong expectations from fans and critics alike as to what the band would produce on their debut EP for Modular.

"It's kind of weird now that we've put down all the tracks on the EP - it's like we've moved on from them. They are older songs for us, so now that we've released them, it's almost like we are ready to move on from them. That must sound so weird, but it's the way I feel anyway. I can't speak for the rest of the band. Now we'll be going out to tour and they are the songs people are going to want to hear. That's one of the strange things about the way the record inudustry works. By the time something is released to the public, it's old to the people in the band."

Eskimo Joe also have been mucking around with a few different versions of other tracks. These experimental mixes may see the light of day on the band's debut album.

"We did a little Casiotone, supermarket, elevator version of 'Sweater' for the 'Ruby Wednesday' clip at some friends of ours' studio when we were in Adelaide," Kav explains. "We used it in the clip where there's this scene and some of use are in a supermarket and it's playing over the radio. That kind of thing is really fun to do because it's something totally different. With songs like 'Sweater', you know, we are kind of over playing them in a way. I mean, it's a cool song and all that, but there's only four chords in the whole song. Playing that night after night can get a bit dull.

"Think of those bands like The Rolling Stones and how often they would have played some of their popular songs - that's very scary. But those guys put on a brave face. You'd never pick that they weren't enjoying themselves. We're a long way from that. Right now one of the best things for us to do is go out and play!"

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