The 16-hour flight from L.A. to Sydney can be extremely entertaining (especially if you fly on Virgin), but after watching your third movie in a row, you start thinking “this trip better be worth it.” With shows booked at the Falls Festival, Southbound, and Sunset Sounds, yank bands Sleigh Bells and The Soft Pack appear to be capitalising on their trek down under. Why do we care? Well, aside from being huge fans, we’ll be catching up with the bands firsthand when Southbound hits Busselton (near Perth) on January 1st. QC will get up close and personal to see if Sleigh Bells can rock an AU show with the intensity they bring to Brooklyn blowouts. Our guess is yes, but check back in week one of 2011 for a complete wrap of the set and some f’d up stories from Southbound, QC style.