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