With their 25th anniversary coming up fast, beloved Western Australian rockers Eskimo Joe have announced details of their first-ever greatest hits compilation, with The World Repeats Itself Somehow set for release on December 10th.
Announced just days after the band’s performance at the AFL Grand Final, the career-spanning compilation (whose title is lifted from their 2004 hit, “From the Sea”) also comes following the group’s return to releasing music, with 2020’s “Say Something” arriving as their first single in seven years, and “99 Ways” following earlier this year.
“Eskimo Joe first came together as a band in 1997,” recalled frontman Kav Temperley on Facebook. “Myself and Stu [MacLeod, guitar] had been friends since we were ages 5 and 6 while Joel [Quartermain, drums] and I were already playing together in another Perth band, when we all stepped into a jam room for the first time and picked up our guitars it felt obvious that there was a real chemistry between us as friends and as musicians.”
“It’s surreal listening back to what is now a twenty plus year career,” he continued. “From writing songs like ‘Sweater’ in a smelly old jam room, to songs like ‘Say Something’ which was written more recently after some time off, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve created together musically, as well as the friendship we’ve managed to maintain with each other after so many years.”
The 13-track package is presented chronologically, kicking off with 1998’s “Sweater”, and finishing off with last year’s “Say Something”. Absent however are some fan-favourite singles, including the likes of “Liar”, “Smoke”, and “London Bombs”, while material from their self-titled 1999 EP and their 2013 album Wastelands are overlooked completely (presumably for reasons of space).
With the new compilation set for release in December, Eskimo Joe will celebrate both it and their biggest records with their forthcoming “Black Fingernails Red Wine in The City” tour, which kicks off in March and sees the band performing their Black Fingernails, Red Wine and A Song is A City albums in full, with full details available below.
Eskimo Joe – The World Repeats Itself Somehow tracklist
2. ‘Who Sold Her Out’
3. ‘Planet Earth’
4. ‘Wake Up’
5. ‘From The Sea’
6. ‘Older Than You’
1. ‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’
2. ‘New York’
3. ‘Foreign Land’
4. ‘Don’t Let Me Down’
5. ‘Love Is A Drug’
6. ‘Say Something’
Eskimo Joe ‘Black Fingernails Red Wine in The City’ Tour
Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Fremantle Arts Centre, South Lawn, Perth, WA (18+)
Saturday, March 12th, 2022
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA (18+)
Saturday, March 19th, 2022
Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS (18+)
Friday, March 25th, 2022
Forum Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC (18+)
Thursday, March 31st, 2022
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW (18+)
Friday, April 1st, 2022
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
Friday, April 8th, 2022
The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD (18+)