Sonpsilo Circus

Sonpsilo Circus

 Mount Lawley, Western Australia, AUS

Featuring hypno-spinning screeches, bedazzling bass and daring drums, the Sonpsilo Circus will phase shift you back in time to when the music made your mind feel wider. Perfect for vast meadows and pine trees. Best enjoyed chilled with good company..
"Most Promising New Act" 2012 WAMi Award Winners


“The seeds of sublime psychedelic wonders lie within…”
Richard Kingsmill, triple j

Roll up, roll up, Sonpsilo Circus (that’s sun-sigh-low) formed late on the calendar of 2009, by friends Ben McDonald (bass), Pete Leveson-Gower (guitar/vocals) and Jamie Turner (drums) the three piece musical trapeze act soon set about sending jaws dropping and minds spinning with their effortlessly astounding psych rock. In mid 2011 Mitch McDonald usually seen up front for The Love Junkies took over drum duties and the line-up was solidified.

Channelling sounds from when rock was young and electrifying, the ‘Circus offer “meandering wah-flickers and Stratocaster screeches […] twirling bass licks and relentless but ever morphing drum lines.” (Cool Perth Nights). Tempered with mantric Eastern flavours and unstoppable pop hooks, their live shows are at once buzzing dance parties, song-driven wig outs and flurries of kaleidoscopic improvisation.

Leveson-Gower (previously of Young Revelry and garage/powerpop band the Upton Pilots) has been called a “mini-Hendrix” (X-Press Magazine) and Ben McDonald (Hunting Huxley/Sugarpuss) “plays bass lines so sexy, they don’t wear any clothes.” (Spaceship News). Sonpsilo Circus have forged a distinctive sound that’s earned them an avid local following, and plenty of accolades – including 1st place in the 2010’s Jack Daniels ‘Mojo Rising’ Competition and Runner-up in the prestigious Next Big Thing Competition the same year.

The band’s first release ‘Your Mother Built The Sky’ (launched on the 30th of April this year) was received extremely well locally receiving “Single Of The Week” in Drum Media Magazine, spins and very positive reviews from national radio station Triple J, including “Spotlight Artist of the week” on the Triple J unearthed website, and also a spot at the main stage of the WAMi (Western Australian Music Industry) Saturday Spectacular Festival alongside bands such as The Panda Band, Emperors, Wolves and The Novocaines.

In August and September 2011 Sonpsilo Circus launched their debut self-titled EP (available through MGM Distribution) to a packed show at Mojo’s in Fremantle and a sold out show at The Bird in Northbridge. The EP received “EP Of The Week” in Drum Media and was local feature on RTRFM. The tracks “Silverspoon”, “Your Mother Built The Sky” and “See Her Run” have all received airplay on JJJ, with Silverspoon played on Triple J’s Super Request with Rosie Beaton, spun by Richard Kingsmill, and also put on rotation. In December the band headed off on their debut Eastern States tour and have just kicked off 2012 with Festival appearances at Southbound and The Big Day Out in Perth as well as 3 nominations in the WAMi awards in which they won the "Most Promising New Act" category. They are currently working on their debut album.


YOUR MOTHER BUILT THE SKY (single) April 2011

-played and reviewed/rated on Triple J
-"Single Of The Week" in Drum Media
-"Sunshine" appears on 2012 Kiss My WAMi compilation CD


-"Silverspoon" added to rotation on Triple J
-"EP Of The Week" in Drum Media
-Five star rating/review in X-Press Magazine
-local feature release on RTRfm
-airplay on FBi radio (Syd)
-4th highest seller at Fat Shan Records Store 2011

2011 WAMi Festival (Saturday Spectacular)
2011 Beaufort St Festival
2012 Southbound Festival
2012 Big Day Out Festival
2012 In The Pines Festiva
2012 WAMi Closing Party

You Am I
San Cisco
The Silents
The Panda Band
The Tucker Bs
The Chemist
Sons And Daughters
Damo Suzuki of "Can"

Set List

(last played at EP Launch)

Intro Jam
Your Mother Built The Sky
Young Smile Exits
See Her Run
Dreams Are Back In Style
Superstition's Miss Believing
Love On The 8th Planet
Johny B Goode (cover)
Procaine (encore)