News; Southbound Festival


Summer means music, culture and the great outdoors. Summer means Southbound.

And we’re excited and humbled to announce that the fourth annual Southbound Festival has completely sold out in record time!

We salute you WA for embracing your very own Music, Camping and Arts Festival.

But the work is not finished yet! After unleashing our finest line-up of talent yet, Sunset Events is proud to announce another round of superb acts in Base Camp for Southbound campers as well as a festival-wide eclectic explosion of visual art, circus performances, dance, experimental art and more, making Southbound 2008 the ultimate ‘festival’ experience – in the purest sense of the word.



Snuggling up alongside The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Lior and Angus & Julia Stone for the stripped back Friday night performance under the Big Top in Base Camp will be none other than alt-country indie maestros New Rules For Boats and the mighty power of Abbe May & The Rockin’ Pneumonia. Also, we’re chuffed to announce that after more than 260 entries Institut Polaire have been selected as the winner from the Sonicbids entries to play the Big Top.


Returning to Southbound 2008 is the Carnivale Stage, featuring talent from across the great artistic divide. Laugh to larrikins, circus to comedy – the Carnivale Stage will be the centre of festivities on Friday night featuring, among others, hip-chick breakdance and hip hop crew Magnetic Dance FX, the Rio percussion flavour of WASAMBA, a fusion of traditional African and contemporary dance from Organikdance, the manic and bizarre antics of the sword swallowing, chainsaw juggling Matty Blades and so much more. Also, watch your step around the festival – many of these crazies may pop up anywhere as part of our Roving Performer program.


The outdoor cinema will also return to Base Camp on both Friday and Saturday nights with an inspired collection of films from around the globe, including WA short films from SPLIF, the full-length feature The Treasures Of Long Gone John, sci-fi US/French collaboration Electroma, Japanese (Daft Punk) sensation Interstella 555 and plenty more pop culture flicks. All you need to do is open your eyes!


What’s a festival without a good ol’ fashioned boogie? We agree, and that’s why we’ve drafted the finest instigators of bottom-shaking this side of the solar system for the Groove Tent. The Debauchery Bros, Sawami Adima, Charlie Bucket, Pussy Shoogah, Namu, Loco Ren, Sammy J…need we say more?


A brand new initiative, we’ve gathered the finest crooners of the intimate stage to garrison the Lounge/Open Mic stage in Base Camp all through Friday as campers arrive to help get them into the festival swing, as well as DJs on Saturday night as camper’s return from the main festival. Alongside the growling Abbe May, get your tapping toes ready for Bilsby, Jim Pearson, B Still and so many more. Or maybe get up and have a tinker yourself. The stage is yours!


That’s right…karaoke is back. Shrug off those inhibitions and take hold of the mic. You know you want to.


The Southbound Festival isn’t simply about watching the talent. It’s about getting involved! And we’re as proud-as-punch to be able to initiate the Healing Circle workshops, where you get a chance to learn from the source – whether it be juggling, drumming or dance. Get involved and add your talents to the artistic kaleidoscope that is the Southbound Festival. Saturday morning healing classes include yoga, tai chi and other free chilled-out group classes.



On Saturday we’re thrilled to welcome into The Other Stage (now, don’t get that mixed up with This Stage) in the main festival ground the esteemed DJ services of legendary Austrian-born, Aussie residing Nick Toth, DJ Gorky (all time party DJ from the bombastic Bonde Do Role) and Aussie beat sensation Muscles. Plus expect a manic VJ feast to accompany the sweet sounds!


We’re a little thrilled to announce that The Paper Scissors have been chosen from over 260 Sonicbids entries as the winner to perform at the main festival, alongside the StageBound and Triple J Unearthed winners, who will both be announced in December. The Paper Scissors are damn fine…get in early and check them out.


It’s all in the name friends! The Coconut Club (presented by Beach Suite) in the main festival ground on Saturday is where to go for your dizzy fix of mayhem and tomfoolery, spiced with chilled beats and shaken grooves. Catch, among others, Sharif Galal (Suite Musique), Micah, Swami Adima, Charlie Bucket, Phil Cooker and many more. Come and enjoy a fresh fruit mocktail whilst grooving under the palm trees on the beach sand dancefloor. Talk about decadence.

The fourth annual, all-ages Southbound Festival is supported by Triple J.

The Southbound Festival – a Music, Camping and Arts Festival.

Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton


Camping and pre-festival entertainment

The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Lior, Angus & Julia Stone, New Rules For Boats, Abbe May & The Rocking Pneumonia and Institut Polaire


Main festival and camping

Kings Of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Groove Armada, Spiderbait, The Waifs, Augie March, Regurgitator, The Go! Team, José González, Built To Spill, Blackalicious, Mattafix, The Herd, Girl Talk, The Pipettes, Bonde Do Role, Gotye, Lior, Midnight Juggernauts, Neville Staple’s Specials, Operator Please, The Mess Hall, Angus & Julia Stone, Nick Toth, The Panics, DJ Gorky, The Beautiful Girls, The Dirty Secrets, Muscles and The Paper Scissors


News: Arts WA Grants Sept 07 Round

Te Contemporary Music Panel results for the September 2007 round.
28 out of 51 applications were supported to a total of $347,149!

For more details on Contemporary Music Grants go to:

Commercial Development
3 / 12 applications supported to a total of $40,329 (Total request: $176,544)

West Coast Blues Club Inc
The West Coast Blues Club to take a Western Australian showcase to the Goulburn Blues Festival, NSW in February 2008. The showcasing WA artists will be John Meyers Blues Express, Stingray, Matt Gresham Trio and Lightning Jack.

Goolarri Media Enterprises Pty Ltd
Staging of the 2008 Kimberley Indigenous Performing Arts Showcase. The festival will focus on the talent of Indigenous women such as Tahnee Carrie, Irene Jimbadee, Lorrae Coffin, Djiva, Jessica Mauboy and Gina Williams.Fairbridge Festival Inc. $5,900 Showcasing Kimberley-based original music acts as part of the 2008 Fairbridge Festival. The three Kimberley bands include Desert Child, Groovy Lips & the Yang and Patrick Davies.

Mentoring & Skills Development 5 / 6 applications supported to a total of $78,431 (total equest: $109,714)

Robert Arathoon
Robert Arathoon to undertake a 10-week intense mentorship with three Brazilian musicians focusing on composition, arranging, guitar, pedagogy, contrabass and percussion in Salvador and Natal.

Next Big Thing WA Music Inc
Production, recording and mastering skills development for musicians involved with The Next Big Thing 2008. Eight local studios (Satellite, Sound Baker, Loop, Studio Couch, Blackbird, Shanghai Twang and Poonshead) will be involved in 2008.

Shark Bay Arts Council Inc.
Provide local musicians and engineers with the opportunity to develop their professional recording and production skills through a number of workshops. It will involve basing two professional engineer/producers Shaun O’Callaghan and George Nikoloudis with five emerging engineers from the Shark Bay region over 12 days.

Seanne Chamberlain and Geoff Baker (6000 Red)
6000 Red will use the expertise of Matthew de la Hunty and Laurie Sinagra to mentor them in song writing, arranging, electronic production, live performance and video production over a three and a half month period.

WA Music Industry Association Inc
Stage an international music business conference as a key component of the 2008 WAMi Festival. The 2008 WAMi Conference will feature local, national and international speakers plus roundtable sessions for regional, indigenous and young musicians. Production 12 / 21 applications supported to a total of $142,661 (total request: $230,323)

Ronni Rae Rivers
To produce a world-class 12 track CD of original country music to follow up on the success of her debut album ‘Notice Me’, using Herm Kovac, one of the most well respected music producers in Australia.

Xavier Brown
Xave is a regional musician from Denmark, WA and he plans to release and launch his second full-length CD, entitled ‘Whale Bone Beach’.

Mink Mussel Creek $10,430
Record, mix and master a full length LP for release in April 2008.

Matthew Jodrell
Record and launch an album of original music to be launched in April 2008.

The Belle Ends
Record and launch a full-length album in April 2008 following on from their debut EP ‘Moose’.

Chaos Divine
Heavy metal act, Chaos Divine to record and launch their second full-length studio album in June 2008. Lysistrata $7,900 Lysistrata to record four songs in the form of vinyl singles for international release through KayDee Records.

Nathan Gaunt
Creation, recording and production of his 10th album of original music with the aim of gaining independent or major label distribution in the US.

The Kill Devil Hills
Recording, mixing and mastering of the third album by The Kill Devil Hills

Eleventh He Reaches London
Recording, mixing, mastering and production of the second album by ‘Eleventh He Reaches London’

Double Entendre
Gypsy-rock band Double Entendre to record, market and distribute their debut full length-album following on from their successful self titled EP.

David Brewer
Record and master a solo CD of original compositions with an all star band featuring Lucky Oceans, Matt Willis and Ric Eastman.

Touring 8 / 12 applications supported to a total of $85,728 (total requested: $147,424)

New Rules For Boats
Tour the Eastern States to promote their new album ‘Thousands’ in February 2008.

Sunshine Brothers
Undertake an international promotional tour linking a production opportunity at Daptone Studios in New York, various gigs in London and a performance at the Soundsplash Reggae Festival in Raglan, New Zealand.

Sugar Army
Undertake a national tour in March/April 08 in support of their debut 6-track EP ‘Where Do You Hide Your Toys’.

The Devil Rides Out
Undertake a tour of Victoria including a showcase at The Devil’s Kitchen Festival in January 2008.

The Woodenelves
‘The Woodenelves‘ to undertake a tour of the Eastern States to promote the debut album ‘Trips Between Worlds’ in March 2008.

Tour the Eastern States to promote Superengine’s debut album ‘Shadows Meet’ in February 2008.

Rocket to Memphis
‘Rocket to Memphis’ to undertake an Eastern States tour in March 2008.

Voyager Australia $9,800
Undertake a European tour, including performances at ‘ProgPower’, UK, March – April 2008.

CD Review: Turnstyle – Seasides EP

Turnstyle – ‘Seasides’ EP
Review by Leo Abbs

Where were you in 1997? What were you doing with your life?

If you were like me, and lived in Perth, and were going to indie gigs back then, chances are you would know who Turnstyle are. My friend said to me one night at the rosemount,

‘I thought people in bands were supposed to be cool, but these guys are geeks’. Turmstyle had the geek rock sound down pat, before they even dragged a casio on stage.

‘Seasides’ their first EP, a six trackers (complete with secret track ‘Indie King’ was released in November 1997, and launched at the legendary Grosvenor Front Room. It is a document of the early three piece days of Paul, Adem K and Colin, though by the time they launched, they had a fourth member DJ Grandmaster Casio.

This mid nineties sound was comparable to the sounds of Weezer, and this disc is full of indie cuteness and catch melodies. I’m A Bus, is the best well known track here, most famous for being the song, that the band made up a dance for punters to do at their gigs. Novak’s Plan, with it’s catch chord/lead riff, and ‘western remedies, do do do’ hook was a staple of RTR in that era.

Cologne is the another strong tack, beginning with a simple riff played on the High E and B strings of AdemK’s guitar, and featuring the Chorus ‘Getting much harder to eat a cologne’.

For many pop loving punters of the time, Turnstyle epitomised everything that was memorable about local Perth indie music of the time. Catchy, hummable pop tunes, unique indie dress sense, happy memories and fun gigs. Plus one sweet, sweet EP.

It feels like a special privilege now, that we got to see them play nearly every weekend.

Turnstyle’s Website

News: Karnivool USA Tour Dates

11.14.2007 : Minneapolis, Minnesota at The Rock w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
» Great American Rampage Tour
11.15.2007 : Ft Wayne, Indiana at Pierres w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.16.2007 : Montgomery, Alabama at Off The Wagon w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.17.2007 : Ft. Myers, Florida at Ricochet Night Club w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.21.2007 : Springfield, Virginia at Jaxx w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.23.2007 : Hartford, Connecticut at Webster Theatre w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.24.2007 : Manchester, New Hampshire at Marks w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.25.2007 : Orono, Maine at 103 Ultra Lounge w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.27.2007 : Toronto, Ontario at The Opera House w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.30.2007 : Fredricksburgh, Virginia at KCs w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.2.2007 : Sayreville, New Jersey at Starland Ballroom w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.5.2007 : Cleveland, Ohio at Peabodys w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.6.2007 : Flint, Michigan at Machine Shop w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.8.2007 : Detroit, Michigan at Harpos w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.11.2007 : Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Varsity Theatre w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.15.2007 : Port St. Lucie, Florida at Mojo Room w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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News: Perth Sounds 3rd Birthday Party

News: Perth Sounds 3rd Birthday

Dear local music friends,

I would like to announce the fantastic news that perthsounds has just reached it’s third anniversary!

I’m stoked by this milestone, as that is a long time for me to stick at this task of running this little website.

2007 has been a big year for Perth Sounds. We were lucky enough to be nominated for the most popular website in the 2007 WAMI awards, and the content this year is the most yet! We’ve also had some great new reviewers join us.

Now it’s time to celebrate.

Fri November 23
Rosemount Beer Garden
A Local Music Networking Sundowner and Perth Sounds 3rd Birthday drinks!

Bring your demos, cds, flyers, good times and beer money.

PS if you were at the last party at the velvet lounge, you know it’s going to be good.


Punter Profile: Craig Harman

Punter Profile – Craig Harman

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
1995 – At the UWA Refectory (Six Mile High, Header and Jebediah)

Favourite local releases for 2007?
How I learnt to Stop Worrying – Red Jezebel

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Probably more involved behind the scenes than a punter nowadays. I run a business called entertainment I.T. and we design websites for a lot of local bands including Bob Evans, Jebediah, The Rosemount Hotel etc. ( I also manage and maintain

Which venues do you like and why?
The rosemount is still my favourite, seen some great shows there.

Who are your favourite local bands and why?
The new Red Jez album is awesome.
And I was recently surprised by the Friends of Rico EP – very cool.

What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
Weezer in Vancouver BC
Death Cab for Cutie @ Metros Freo

What do you drink at gigs?

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Friends of Rico!

Why support local original music? Why not cover bands?
I prefer the originality.

Punter Profile: Dylan McArdle

Punter Profile: Dylan McArdle

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
I’ve been going to see local bands since about ’99. I didn’t go out much and my sister used to nag me to come out with her. I always had the attitude “I’ve never heard of these bands, so that can’t be that good”. But something changed (maybe it was her and my mum nagging me to go) and I went along.

The first gig I went to was Cinema Prague’s “It’s Schnapschter” CD launch and I was kinda hooked. It was my first outing to the (long since defunt) Grosvenor Back Room. I remember we used to enjoy going along to see many different bands including Turnstyle, Eskimo Joe, Anodyne 500, Beaverloop, Jebediah, Red Jezebel and the Three Orange Whips. While many of those bands aren’t around any more, the memories will remain forever.

Do you buy many local CD’s?
I have a decent size collection of CDs in general and yes, a lot of these are from local artists. Many local CD’s are limited in their print run so I find it important to get them when the first come out otherwise I might not have the same opportunity later. 78’s or Dada’s is usually where I get my CD’s from, though you can often find then in JB Hi-Fi nowadays. I collect vinyl as well and it’s good to see some artists still putting their work out on vinyl. I am running out of storage room at home (for all my CD’s and records) though 😦

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Not really. I do a bit of gig and CD reviewing for and photography mainly for my benefit but that’s about it. I’d like to be more involved in the scene but I’m not sure how or where to start or if I have the time. I should join some forums and make myself a bit more known for starters.

Which venues do you like and why?
Each of the main venues in Perth has something going for it. I guess I go to Amplifier or Rosemount the most because that’s where the majority of the gigs are.

I like the beer garden at Rosemount because my friends can join me for a drink even if they don’t want to pay to see the bands. Plus it doesn’t seem to get that squashed inside even with a full house. Mojo’s probably is the most atmospheric but when it’s at capacity it can be very hot and uncomfortable inside.

I miss the days of the Grosvenor and the buzz the place had – especially when both the front and back rooms were open. The restaurant there now may be good but the front bar is a sad site when you think of how it used to be. Last drinks is at 10:30 on a Saturday night now!

I don’t like Metro’s Freo or The Paramount…’nuff said.

What do you drink at gigs?
I’m a beer man so it’s usually Carlton Draught or Tooheys New/Extra Dry. I don’t drink a lot a gigs, usually just a couple of pints – partly because I’ll most likely have to drive home at the end of the gig and also because I’m there to enjoy the music, not get smashed.

Why do you watch local original music?
Local gigs are still a cheap form of entertainment and entry plus a beer usually costs no more than, say, going to the movies. And I guess it doesn’t matter how many times you see a particular band, every time is unique in its own right. It’s great to look back on the past and say “I’ve seen than band before” and relive the memories.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
Over the years Perth have had lots of comical musicians – Mike Wafer (Love Camp 7), Dan Durack (The Whips) and Leon Ewing (Beaverloop) all come to mind. But there’s a incident at the Red Jez CD launch at Amps a few years ago that sticks in my mind.

We were at the all ages gig in the afternoon and Eskimo Joe were playing under the name of “Ruby Wednesday”. There was the odd, fat, balding old bloke with all these young kids with him and they kept drawing on him in permanent marker – very strange. Anyway, the last song in the set was “Ruby Wednesday” and when Kav messed up the lyrics the fat guy shouted him out. So Kav shouted out “you come up and sing then” and he did. All was good until the chorus and he just stopped, the band told him to keep going and somehow he ended up rolling around on the stage like he was having an epileptic fit screaming into the microphone. While we weren’t sure if we should be concerned we still pissed ourselves laughing.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Let me see…of the new crop of bands I like Mink Muscle Creek, Tame Implala, The Slim Pickins, Streetlight, Sure-Fire Midnights and Sugar Army just to name a few. Probably The Leap Year too.

And while they’re not really new, I’ve enjoyed introducing a lot of my friends to Schvendes. They’ve got a great sound and they’re really unique. Their gig when they supported Deloris at the Norfolk Basement earlier this year.