10 years ago Eskimo Joe released their sophomore album, A Song Is a City. With its heart in their home city, the album has been described by frontman Kav Temperley as “about me, my friends, the people I love, and Fremantle. It’s the stories that go on between us. It’s similar to the people in every place all over the world. For me, that’s what I’m writing about. I’m definitely not writing about New York. I’m writing about Fremantle”. It also marked their debut album with Festival Mushroom Records, following their parting with Modular. Several songs from the album made an impact, perhaps most notably ‘From the Sea’ which came in at the #3 spot on triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2004. They would also perform ‘Older Than You’ at the 2004 ARIAs. It would seem that the special occasion has inspired Kav to take the album on the road for an extensive run of intimate solo shows. Kav: “10 years ago we wrote and released an album called A Song Is a City – it was a turning point for myself both personally and musically. I love it how the whole album works on just an acoustic guitar, and there are so many stories.” The Karova, Ballarat – August 2 & Beav’s Bar, Geelong – August 3. * Those who purchase a ticket to the show will receive an EP of cover songs recorded by Kav which inspired the band’s breakthrough album.