Celebrating 21 years since they formed, Eskimo Joe have been releasing their back catalogue in new formats for the past 12 months.
Their biggest and highest charting album was no doubt Black Fingernails Red Wine released in 2006. It went to number one on the ARIA Album Chart, spent 62 weeks in the ARIA top 50 albums chart, won four ARIA awards and has sold four times platinum! Eskimo Joe have announced the reissue will land on May 10 in a variety of formats including red vinyl, 2CD Deluxe Edition and a 40-track digital version. Of the 25 bonus tracks, fans can expect to hear early demos and unreleased songs plus live and acoustic versions. You can pre-order it here.
“At that time we were listening to all types of music, from Eurythmics to INXS,” frontman Kav Temperley recalls. “We were jamming on a combination of dark chords, constant kick drums and experimenting with down and dirty vocals: low and sinister.”
Temperley recalls the album as a particularly important chapter in the evolution of the band. “If you’re lucky, you get one moment in your career where all the stars seem to align, and everyone is in the right place at the right time,” Kav says. “For us, it was the album Black Fingernails Red Wine. This album was a benchmark.”
With the single "Black Fingernails Red Wine" coming in at #2 in the 2006 Triple J Hottest 100, there’s a strong sense its parent album has entered the canon of Australian rock classics. As Icehouse frontman Iva Davies notes in the Anniversary Edition’s foreword, “At the heart of the album is the undeniable sound of a quality Australian rock band who had learned the value of dramatic dynamics, cinematic atmospheres and infectious melodies.”
To align with the reissue of this special album, Eskimo Joe will play Black Fingernails Red Wine in full at an exclusive, intimate hometown show on Friday May 10 at The Fremantle Social. Tickets for this very special one-off show will be available for pre-order from Thursday March 21, here.
Coloured vinyl and special edition CDs for their previous albums Girl, Ghosts Of The Past and Inshalla came out in 2018 and are all available here.