Rock band records in Coolgardie Hub

Published on Monday, 12 October 2020 at 4:08:05 PM

The secret’s out! Rock band Karnivool prepared for its upcoming October tour by recording new music right here in Coolgardie.

It was a hush-hush affair as band members Ian Kenny, Drew Goddard, Mark Hosking, Jon Stockman and Steve Judd, pictured with Shire CEO James Trail, set up in the Coolgardie Arts Hub.

The band has just announced its upcoming tour dates including 21 October Geraldton, 22 October Exmouth, 24 October Port Hedland, 25 October Broome, 28 October Kalgoorlie, 30 October Fremantle and 31 October Perth.

The band’s overseas tour to North America and Europe tour was postponed due to COVID-19, so the Fremantle-based headed east to Coolgardie.

Ian Kenny, lead singer of Karnivool and Birds of Tokyo, said the band loved the unique creative space.

“To record in such a unique and historic building is really inspiring – I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Mr Kenny.

Drew Goddard (guitarist) was impressed with the acoustics in the building, with its high ceilings and different shaped rooms.

“It’s been fitted out really well. You can drum, sing and play guitar in three different rooms and have it feed into the one production room. It’s a great space for collaborating to produce music,” he said.

Karnivool have won several Western Australian Music Industry Awards, an ARIA award for ‘Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album’ and six songs voted into Triple J’s Hottest 100. To find out more, visit www.

Shire CEO James Trail said he was optimistic for the hub’s future.

“To have a band of this calibre recording in our Shire is really exciting. We look forward to more musicians and bands visiting our regional town to use this facility,” he said.

The hub opened in August in the former Coolgardie Train Station in Woodward Street to create an accessible arts hub in the Goldfields in partnership with Barefoot Bands and Coolgardie Community Resource Centre. It can be used for music workshops, community concerts, jam sessions, school visits, recording sessions and music lessons.

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