After releasing their debut self titled album Stonefield late last year, 2014 has continued to be busy for this four-piece. Christie Ots caught up with Amy and Hannah to discuss what we can expect from Stonefield in the future.
Stonefield have had a meteoric rise to fame. Having already played at Glastonbury and supported the Foo Fighters, the girls have toured internationally and throughout Australia.
With exposure in the overseas market they have seen first hand how different the international stage can be.
This was most apparent when playing Glastonbury.
“Our tent filled up really quickly and everybody was really responsive. You can definitely tell that it’s a different vibe, but it will be good to go back and see what it’s (the overseas stage) like now,” Amy said.
The band is currently over in the UK having played at The Great Escape Festival, but I guess it comes as no surprise when Hannah says her standout moment was supporting the Foo Fighters.
“Supporting the Foo Fighters was amazing,” she says, ”especially because Dave Grohl was standing side stage watching us. He seemed to be enjoying it. Winning Unearthed High in 2010 was where it all kicked off so that was great.”
The girls have fought hard against the ‘four sisters in a band’ mould that a lot of people seemed keen to shove them into and perceptions have definitely changed.
“Now we’re just a band,” Amy explains, “rather than a band of four sisters which is good.”
“You see how hard bands have to work and we were lucky to have that hype at the time.”
Since winning Triple J’s Unearthed High competition in 2010, the band has released two EPs and an album which has gone a long way to proving they are more than just a passing fad.
“We didn’t want to be a novelty that faded away quickly, we wanted to be seen as a legit band,” Hannah says. “I think now that we’ve been around for a couple of year’s people see that we’re here to stay.”
One thing that hasn’t changed is that the girls still love jamming together; it’s how they write most of their songs. With a burgeoning love for modern bands like Tame Impala and Goat, their sound is maturing along with them. Their hit Love You Deserve showcases that, with Amy stepping out from behind the drums to take centre stage.
“Lyrically it was drawn from the book The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and then just seeing friends and family go through these situations where they’re just accepting the love they think they deserve. You can see it happening and they know that they deserve better,” Amy said, explaining the song’s roots.
With a busy year of touring ahead, we can expect a new single from Stonefield before they head back to the studio and go home for some R&R.
One thing that is indisputable is that this band really knows how to engage an audience. Whether on stage or through their recordings, Stonefield isn’t going away and thank God for that!