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Eskimo Joe want fans to pay as they go
Eskimo Joe want fans to pay as they go

Fremantle rock trio Eskimo Joe want fans to pay for their next album before they hear a note.

The multi-platinum selling band, which recently split from label Warner, launched a campaign on "crowd-sourcing" website Pozible yesterday to raise $40,000 by February 9 to make their sixth album.

Eskimo Joe singer Kav Temperley said most of the money would go towards hiring a top producer to help them record in March at their new studio, the Wasteland.

The recording process would be "fan-driven", with the band interacting with supporters via social media and a live camera following their every move in the studio.

Eskimo Joe is offering rewards reflecting the amount pledged towards the album, due in July.

Fans can pay $1 for an MP3 of the first single or $170 to get their name in the vinyl sleeve notes, while $6000 buys a barbecue for 20 people with the band.

Soon after the campaign launched, one supporter pledged $850 to attend an intimate acoustic performance.

Eskimo Joe's popularity peaked in 2006 on chart-topping third album Black Fingernails Red Wine, but last year's album Ghosts of the Past sold poorly.