Stonefield, Australia’s most buzzworthy all-girl rock band, will kick off the next stage of their career at BIGSOUND.
The four sisters from Victoria — Amy, Hannah, Sarah and Holly Findlay — have just finished their Golden Dream tour and are set to release their long-awaited second album, co-written and produced by Spiderbait drummer Kram, later this year.
Right now, they’re gearing up for a gig at BIGSOUND, Australia’s premier music industry conference and artist showcase. The event brings an eclectic array of musicians, industry execs and media types to Fortitude Valley for three days in September.
By day, the delegates will listen to internationally significant keynote speakers and take part in cutting-edge workshops. But by night, they’ll let their hair down and mix with fans at 14 live music venues across the Valley.
“We played at BIGSOUND a few years ago, it has a really good vibe and we’re looking forward to doing it again,” says Stonefield’s lead singer and drummer, Amy Findlay.
“It’s coming at a great time for us, seeing as we have the new album on the way and we want to try to spread our wings overseas. And we can’t wait to catch up with some of our old friends.
“It’s awesome for the general public to be able to see a spread of different music and genres. It’s a great place to discover your new favourite band. It’s also a great connecting tool for artists, you get to meet a lot of industry experts and people who can help you further your career.”
Of course, the girls have already come pretty far. They grew up in country Victoria; when Amy was 15, she took a shine to the drum kit and soon began lessons. It wasn’t long before the other sisters were drawn in, finding their own instruments to play in their backyard shed.
“We were lucky enough to have our music teacher move in next door,” Amy laughs. “We all share a love for music, so it just made sense to come together as a band and learn about music together.”
In 2010, the girls won Triple J’s Unearthed High competition, which saw them tour the country and score a gig at the Glastonbury festival in England.
They’ve been touring on and off for years now, and despite a few fights here and there, Amy says the girls are still close.
“We all get along and hang out together a lot,” she says. “We do fight, but we’re able to openly discuss everything and get it out of the way quickly.
“We wouldn’t do this with anyone else.”
BIGSOUND runs from 9 to 11 September. Stonefield play The Winn outdoor stage on 10 September. Visit www.bigsound.com.au for more info.