Turnstyle (band)

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Turnstyle photographed in 1998
Background information
OriginPerth, Western Australia, Australia
Years active1995 - 2002 and 2010 - Present
LabelsIgloo Records
Shock Records
Spunk! Records
Associated actsThe Community Chest
When The Sky Fell
Mitey Ko
MembersAdem K

Paul Fanning

Dean Davies

Todd Griffiths

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


Turnstyle formed in January 1995 by Adem Kerimofski (aka Adem K) and Paul Fanning.

Along with a vocalist and drummer they released a self titled cassette in September 1995 when they supported Godstar. Their original vocalist was asked to leave in November, leaving the band a three-piece for a time.[1] After traveling the world throughout 1996, Adem reconvened the band and they released the cassette Itcheekneesonchee in February 1997. They initially pressed 100 copies of it but ended up having to press more due to the high sales and finally ended up making several hundred copies.[1]

In November 1997 the band released their first EP, Seasides on CD format. It sold over a thousand copies Australia-wide. Prior to the launch of the EP the band were joined by a fourth member, Todd Griffiths (known as DJ Grandmaster Casio or lately, GMC). 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 went on hiatus (announced as a break up) in 2002, with Adem K going on to perform as a solo performer and with his band The Community Chest. Fanning contributed ideas and songs to many of Adem K's projects during this time. After 8 years of little to no musical collaboration, the band reformed for a one off show on 6 March 2010 in Perth, Western Australia.

Turnstyle played again on 19 April 2013 at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth. The reunion featured all members (including Griffiths) from the Turnstyle Country line-up. The band also played at the RTRFM fundraiser In The Pines on 21 April 2013. Griffiths was invited to rejoin the band after he met Kerimofski at the funeral of Turnstyle's booking agent in September 2012.

In December 2015 the band released Time Equals Function, an album of new material produced by Adem K and mixed in London by Andy Ramsay, formerly of Stereolab. The album met with positive reviews and a sold out CD pressing. Turnstyle continued to play at least 2 shows per year.

On Dec 1, 2018 Turnstyle released Happy Factories, their 4th full length album of new material. Entirely recorded and produced by Adem K, the album's mixing was outsourced but otherwise remained in house due to a very low budget. When asked about the album prior to its release, in a conversation with The West Australian, Kerimofski described it as "going to be oddball in parts but a bit more contemporary in sound”. The album features vocals by Pavement's Bob Nastanovich on one song.



  • Turnstyle Country - Spunk! (1999)
  • Turnstyle Corporation - Spunk! (22 October 2001)
  • Time Equals Function - Igloo (4 December 2015)
  • Happy Factories - Igloo (1 December 2018)


  • 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


  • "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)


  • Geek Party - Igloo (2000)
  • 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


  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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