As front man and songwriter of Eskimo Joe, member of four-piece collective Basement Birds and campaigner for Oxfam’s Close the Gap initiative, Kav Temperley has climbed steadily into the hearts and minds of many Australians.
Eskimo Joe’s clever pop creations were infectious the moment Triple J first spun their hit single Sweater on their airwaves. The band scored a spot at Homebake and their first album, Girl, climbed up the charts to bring home a Gold plaque, kicking off what has been a massive career.
Time on the road together brought maturity and a change to Eskimo Joe. Kav was at the centre of this change, writing about his personal experiences and reflecting them in his clever turn of phrase and canny melodies on A Song Is A City. Songs such as Life Is Better With You, Smoke and crowd favourite From The Sea created a new reality for the band and it’s members.
It was Black Fingernails, Red Wine that truly brought the trio international recognition. With numerous accolades at home, they embarked on a journey through the US and onward to Europe. In the US, their live shows drew loads of attention from punters and media. How Does It Feel ended up in a pivotal scene in the first season of US hit series Gossip Girl and the body of work was considered ‘Album of the Year’ by SFist.
Word travelled to European shores giving the band a signing in Germany for Central Europe, Belgium and Holland ahead of their fourth album, Inshalla. This album was different in sound and style to the previous outing. It reached the top of the ARIA national album chart and it’s lead single was a huge success, going on to become the most performed work on radio in the country.