Sis­ters rock as one

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

(pic­tured) are not let­ting their age get in the way of play­ing beau­ti­ful vin­tage rock mu­sic. The all-sis­ter rock­band of Holly, Sarah, Han­nah and Amy Find­lay are mak­ing a name for them­selves on the in­ter­na­tional mu­sic scene, with Holly the youngest at just 14. The four-piece made their mark on the in­dus­try when they took out the crown for youth ra­dio sta­tion Triple J’s Un­earthed High Com­pe­ti­tion in 2010, a feat that saw Stone­field grace the stage at Glas­ton­bury the fol­low­ing year. Gui­tarist Han­nah says win­ning Un­earthed has lead to many great ex­pe­ri­ences. ‘‘It was the start of a lot of things that hap­pened to us, our songs started get­ting air­play and more peo­ple knew about our mu­sic,’’ she says. ‘‘We were asked to play One Move­ment Fes­ti­val in Perth, and a booker for Glas­ton­bury liked our sound and in­vited us to play. It was so sur­real. Play­ing Glas­ton­bury was very dif­fer­ent for us, we were just in a small van when heaps of other bands had tour buses. A cou­ple of tech­ni­cal things went wrong but it was awe­some, we had a great crowd re­sponse.’’ In­flu­enced by bands like Led Zep­pelin and Frank Zappa, the sis­ters first picked up in­stru­ments six years ago. ‘‘Holly was seven when she started learn­ing bass,’’ says Han­nah. ‘‘Our par­ents don’t play in­stru­ments but there was al­ways mu­sic play­ing in the house. We have a lot of in­flu­ences from older bands.’’ Han­nah says their sound has pro­gressed in the right di­rec­tion in the six years they have been play­ing. ‘‘Our orig­i­nals were very dif­fer­ent when we first started, they were quite heav­ier,’’ she says. ‘‘We have had more ex­pe­ri­ence in writ­ing, and we have found a style we are more suited to which we love.’’ Re­leas­ing a well-re­ceived de­but EP Through The Clover in 2010, Han­nah says Stone­field re­cently fin­ished record­ing a new six­track EP, and have plans to record an al­bum later this year. ‘‘We want to keep on im­pro­vis­ing and im­prov­ing, but I think we will be ready to make a record by then,’’ says Han­nah.

Stone­field, The Delta Riggs and Kingswood play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on Sun­day.

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