They were supported by Bob Evans, but we missed about half of his set because (among other things such as over-worked friends) I had my first belly dancing class in 4 years last night. That was fun, if somewhat depressing since I could barely manage a hip drop.
Nevertheless, we saw some of it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was something slightly bizarre about seeing Kevin Mitchell (who records solo as Bob Evans) supporting Eskimo Joe given the number of times I'm sure Eskimo Joe supported Jebediah (fronted by Mitchell). But his years of experience shone though, and the show was tight and the sound was good.
Eskimo Joe started their set with the first two songs off Inshalla, which sounded very fine - in fact better than the album. Well, except for a wee bit of feedback in Inshalla itself - at least we know the sound engineers were really there. They played a few oldies and came back to quite a few tracks off Inshalla. They are such a great live act, it does leave you wondering why they over-produce themselves so much.
As always, they were very nice. My great aunt would think they were lovely boys. Kav Temperley, like all other rock band front men, did his bit of banter with the audience:
Are you having a good night?Some guys behind us called out "Hooley Dooley!". He's so damn nice, he doesn't even swear in his audience participation. Nerida speculated the back-stage conversation went something like this:
It's our job to make sure that when you leave tonight, you say "Far out, that was great. Eskimo Joe rocked the House"
*audience looks a little confused - did he just say "Far out"?*
You didn't really say "Far out"? There goes any cred we ever had...To add to all of this, he was also mind-bogglingly pleased that we all showed up, and completely chuffed to be there.
They ended the main set with Black Fingernails, Red Wine, leaving us pondering what the encore would be - From the Sea? A cover? Something with Bob Evans?
All of the above, as it turns out. The cover was We Can Get Together (orginally by Icehouse), which didn't create quite the same level of confusion as Reckless did at The Butterfly Effect. I'm loving this current trend of playing a well-chosen cover at all gigs. I gather covers were quite the rage at Splendour last weekend. Long may it last.
If I was a good photographer like Toni, I'd have some lovely photos of the night, but I don't because I'm not. So you'll have to take my word for it that it was a fantastic night, and if you haven't discovered Eskimo Joe, go give them a listen (although Inshalla is probably not their best - start with Black Fingernails, Red Wine.)