Turnstyle (band)

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Turnstyle
Turnstyle 2014.JPG
Turnstyle photographed by Toni Wilkinson in February 2014
Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Rock
Years active 1995 - 2002 and 2010 - Present
Labels Igloo Records
Shock Records
Spunk! Records
Associated acts The Community Chest
When The Sky Fell
Mitey Ko
Website http://www.turnstylecountry.com
Past members see Members list

Turnstyle were an indie rock band from Perth in Western Australia.

Biography[edit]

Turnstyle formed in January 1995 as a four-piece with Adem Kerimofski (aka Adem K), Paul Fanning, Colin Reeves and David Elieff.

Their first release was a self titled cassette released in September 1995.[1] The next release was Itcheekneesonchee, they initially pressed 100 copies of it but ended up having to press more due to the high sales and finally ended up making approximately 300-350 copies.[1]

Elieff left the band in 1996, leaving the band a three-piece for a time.

In November 1997 the band released their first EP, Seasides, which sold nearly one thousand copies in Perth. Prior to the launch of the EP the band were joined by a fourth member, Todd Griffiths (known as DJ Grandmaster Casio). Turnstyle supported many international bands in Perth (even Neil Diamond), and in 1998 toured the country nationally with Jebediah and The Living End.

In May 1999, they released the single, "Spray Water on the Stereo", and also toured the Eastern states with Gerling and Trans Am. "Spray Water on the Stereo" made No. 16 on the ARIA singles charts and made it to No. 94 on Triple J's Hottest 100 in 1999.[2] "I’m a Bus" received airplay on Triple J. Turnstyle's debut album Turnstyle Country was Hype magazine’s ‘album of the year’ in 1999 and reached the ARIA Top 50 (Top 10 in Perth).[1] Turnstyle Country was then Triple J DJs Merrick and Rosso's favourite record for 1999,[1] also getting the band a Triple J ' Album of the Week', live performances on Channel V and Triple J, and sold-out shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. As a result the band picked up six West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Awards.[1]

In 2000 the band released a compilation album of early recordings (1996–2000) and B-sides, Geek Party, which was followed by their second studio album, Turnstyle Corporation in October 2001.[3]

They supported many local and international acts including Guided by Voices, Trans Am, They Might be Giants, Yo La Tengo, Ben Lee, Stereolab, Bikini Kill, Regurgitator, Custard and Jebediah.

Turnstyle disbanded in 2002, with Adem K going on to perform as a solo performer and more recently in his new band The Community Chest.

Reunions[edit]

2010: It was announced on local Perth music websites and street press that the band were reforming for a one off show on 6 March 2010 in Perth, Western Australia.
2013: Turnstyle have announced a reunion show on the 19th of April, 2013 at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth. The reunion will feature all members (including Griffiths) from the Turnstyle Country line-up. The band has also confirmed that they are playing at the RTRFM fundraiser In The Pines on April 21, 2013. Some members of the band have confirmed that this reunion is permanent.

Members[edit]

  • Dean J. Davies — drums, keyboards, vocals (1998–2002, 2010-present)
  • David Elieff — guitar, vocals(1995)
  • Paul Fanning — bass, vocals, keyboards (1995–2002, 2010-present)
  • Todd Griffiths — keyboards, guitar, vocals (1997–1999, 2013-present)
  • Adem Kerimofski (aka Adem K) — guitar, vocals, keyboards, drums (1995–2002, 2010-present)
  • Colin Reeves — drums, vocals (1995–1998)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Turnstyle Country - Spunk! (1999)
  • Geek Party - Igloo (2000)
  • Turnstyle Corporation - Spunk! (22 October 2001)

EPs[edit]

  • Turnstyle (cassette) - Independent (September 1995)
  • Itcheekneesonchee (cassette) - Independent (February 1997) - initially limited to 100 copies but followed by multiple pressings
  • Seasides - Shock Records (November 1997)
  • Sad Rambo - Igloo (May 2002), limited to 100 copies
  • Colour Me In - Igloo (April 2013), limited to 50 copies - a collection of old demo recordings to commemorate the 2013 reunion
  • Colour Me In Vol 2 - Igloo (July 2014), limited to 50 copies - a further collection of demo and outtake recordings

Singles[edit]

  • "Spray Water on the Stereo" - Spunk! (1998) AUS No. 86
  • "Purple Crown" - Igloo (1999)
  • "I'm a Bus" - Igloo (2000)
  • "Portamento" - Spunk! (2000)
  • "World Famous in Perth" - Spunk! (2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Turnstyle". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hottest 100: 1999". Triple J. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Archived Australasian Releases: October 2001". ARIA. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 

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