The Eskies have a new album release out on 1st December, their second LP, And Don’t Spare The Horses, which coincides with a promotional tour.

Rob Murphy, who plays mandolin for the band took time out to speak with The Fountain about the new release, the thought process behind the name, and what we can look forward to from The Eskies.

TF: You must be ecstatic about the release of your new album in December?

Looking forward to it alright. It all came together quite quickly and now we’re just excited to get it out there so everyone can hear it!

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

Dark, but melodramatic enough so as to not arouse suspicion.

TF: Where did the inspiration come from for the name, The Eskies?

It depends on who you ask. The actual source has long been forgotten so I usually tell people it’s a poor attempt at an acronym of our individual names, Emille, Sean, Kev, Ian, Emille and Sean.

TF: What more can we expect from you in the near future – I know you have just been touring but are you going to be promoting the album with a tour in the new year?

Yeah absolutely. The album comes out on the 1st of December, and we start our Irish tour a week later. Then we’re back in the UK in February and then our first ever Australian tour kicks off in March then.

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?

It’a hard to pick one but I think we all thought Glastonbury this year was one of the best, we all had a great time playing it and the crowd were amazing.

For more on The Eskies and their tour click here.