TO RETRO

Mum and dad’s vinyl collection was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting Stone­field off on their own mu­si­cal jour­ney

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - ROSE SADLEIR

Stone­field would feel right at home in the 1970s. Known for their brand of high-fly­ing, riff-heavy, blues-in­flu­enced mu­sic, the feisty Find­lay sis­ters are queen of vin­tage rock ’n’ roll.

Grow­ing up in ru­ral Vic­to­ria im­mersed in their par­ents’ Zappa, Hen­drix and Zep­pelin records, sib­lings Amy, 24, Han­nah, 21, Sarah, 19, and Holly, 16, weren’t cut out for the fam­ily soc­cer team.

The Find­lay sis­ters spent their up­bring­ing drowned in beats, chords and melodies, dream­ing of one day re­leas­ing their own al­bum.

In 2010, things started hap­pen­ing for Stone­field.

They won the Triple J Un­earthed High com­pe­ti­tion with songs For­eign Lover and Through the Clover, and were in­vited over to the UK to play the 2011 Glas­ton­bury fes­ti­val.

In Oc­to­ber last year, Stone­field re­leased their self­ti­tled de­but record, fea­tur­ing ra­dio-favourites Put Your Curse On Me and Love You De­serve.

“It’s been re­ally fun play­ing those songs and notic­ing more and more people sing along,” says gui­tarist Han­nah Find­lay.

“We are re­ally keen to start work­ing on some new songs. We are writ­ing as much as we can and hop­ing to record more when we head over­seas.”

Stone­field are bound for the UK again next month, hav­ing lined up ap­pear­ances at the Great Es­cape Fes­ti­val in Brighton, three shows at the Dot To Dot Fes­ti­val and their first ever Lon­don head­line gig.

They’ll be home for win­ter though, sup­port­ing blues­groover Dan Sul­tan on a twom­onth na­tional tour.

Be­tween the heavy tour­ing sched­ule, the sis­ters have found time to dab­ble in other cre­ative en­deav­ours.

Ear­lier this year they launched Stone­field Vin­tage, an on­line vin­tage cloth­ing store fea­tur­ing retro pieces hand-picked by the sis­ters them­selves.

“It’s in­spir­ing col­lect­ing vin­tage things from all sorts of places,” says Han­nah.

“We spent most of our child­hood dress­ing up and per­form­ing our hearts out to pretty much any­one will­ing to lis­ten, pay­ing homage to our favourites – Led Zep­pelin, The Doors, Fleet­wood Mac and Hen­drix, just to name a few.”

Han­nah says there’s “just some­thing” about the ’70s era that has the sis­ters hooked.

“We grew up lis­ten­ing to all that mu­sic,” she says. “It’s so raw. I love the fact it’s all gui­tar and drums. People ac­tu­ally play­ing in­stru­ments.”

Proud par­ents aside, Han­nah says the bond the Find­lay sis­ters share is un­beat­able.

“We are all so close,” she says. “It’s cool that we are for­tu­nate enough to look back on all these amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and have them doc­u­mented.” Stone­field play the Park Stage at the One Way Street Fes­ti­val, Surfers Par­adise, at 6pm this Satur­day.

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