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Song You Need to Know: Eskimo Joe, ‘The First Time’

The Australian alternative rock icons show no signs of slowing down in their fourth decade together

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Three years ago, Eskimo Joe released the career-spanning greatest hits compilation, The World Repeats Itself Somehow. Was that a mere victory lap, a final release before the end of a consistently excellent career? Far from it.

27 years after they first formed, the Australian alternative rock icons released a new single, “The First Time”, last week.

Its title could perhaps be interpreted as a wry statement – “this is the first time, we’re just getting started,” it seems to say – but the track is actually a sweet blast of nostalgia, as Kav Temperley explains.

“‘We wanted to write something that set out to encapsulate the bittersweet feeling of nostalgia, that looks back through rose coloured glasses conveniently forgetting the heartache and sleepless nights that came with a certain place and time in our lives.

“It’s easy in the loneliest moments to look back and take comfort in those memories secretly holding onto that feeling like an addict.”

“The First Time” is Eskimo Joe’s first new music since 2021’s “99 Ways”, and its release comes ahead of the band’s national acoustic theatre next month.

They’ll head to Ballarat, Werribee, Willoughby, Albany, Esperance, and almost everywhere in between (see full dates below). Tickets are available now via the band’s official website.

“Kicking off in April, we take to the road for the Lookout Festival, unveiling our new single with icons like Incubus and Live,” Temperley reveals. “Straight off the back of the festival – April through August, we embark on a 22-show acoustic journey across Australia.

“This tour allows us to present our music in a more intimate setting, strengthening our connection with our audience. Each performance is crafted to deepen the musical experience, blending the high energy of festival shows with the personal touch of our acoustic sessions.”

Eskimo Joe’s “The First Time” is out now. 

Eskimo Joe 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Tickets available via eskimojoe.net

Saturday, April 27th
Civic Hall, Ballarat, VIC

Sunday, April 28th
Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee, VIC

Saturday, May 25th
Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool, NW

Sunday, May 26th
The Concourse Lounge, Willoughby, NSW

Friday, May 31st
Logan Entertainment Centre, Logan, QLD

Saturday, June 1st
Proserpine Entertainment Centre, Prosperpine, QLD

Friday, June 21st
Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha, WA

Saturday, June 22nd
Carnarvon Civic Entre, Carnarvon, WA

Friday, June 28th
Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Sunday, June 30th
Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA

Friday, July 5th
The Wedge, Sale, VIC

Saturday, July 6th
Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin, VIC

Sunday, July 7th
Queanbeyan Pac, Queanbeyan, NSW

Tuesday, July 9th
Horsham Town Hall Theatre, Horsham, VIC

Friday, July 12th
Swan Hill Town Hall Pacc, Swan Hill, VIC

Saturday, July 13th
The Art House, Wyong, NSW

Friday, July 26th
Mount Isa Civic Centre, Mount Isa, QLD

Sunday, July 28th
Rockhampton River Festival, Rockhampton, QLD