VIDEO: Sisters on track

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoSTONEFIELD spent four years jamming in a shed on the family’s hobby farm in rural Victoria before winning Triple J’s Unearthed High contest in 2010.
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The win scored the band national airplay with the single Through The Clover, which led to the release of two EPs and an introduction to the world of life on the road. The four-piece toured the nation numerous times over, supporting the likes of Cold Chisel, Foo Fighters and even scored a spot on the bill at Glastonbury festival in the UK.

Now, on the eve of releasing their debut self-titled album in October, Stonefield are once again back in the shed where it all began as they prepare to rehearse for a national tour which kicks off in Newcastle next week.

‘‘I’m at my parents’ house where all my sisters live to do a bit of rehearsing for our tour – back to the shed,’’ lead singer/drummer Amy Findlay says with a laugh as she speaks to Weekender.

‘‘It’s really good because we can just make as much noise as we like and it doesn’t bother anyone, so it’s a good space to practise.

‘‘There’s not really any neighbours to disturb but apparently when the wind is blowing, we’ve had people that we know from the town say ‘On this particular day when the wind was blowing toward us we could hear you practising’ which is crazy because it’s kilometres away.

‘‘It’s probably a sign that we have it up too loud [laughs].’’

The shed is located on the 14-hectare property in the small town of Darraweit Guim, owned by Findlay’s parents. They encouraged Amy – who swaps between singing up front and behind the drum kit when they play live – her sisters Holly (bass), Hannah (guitar) and Sarah (keys) to start playing music together in 2006.

Growing up on a diet of Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, the sisters formed a band (then named Iotah) which picked up slots supporting the likes of Children Collide, The Spazzys and Tex Perkins.

They won a swag of youth awards along the way until landing their big break in 2010 after taking out Triple J’s Unearthed High contest.

Findlay says the looming album release is a ‘‘dream come true’’ for the sisters, who flew producer Ian Davenport out from Britain to record the album at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios.

‘‘We’ve been waiting for this moment forever,’’ Findlay, 23, says.

‘‘We’re really proud of what we’ve done and we had so much fun in the process that we’re really looking forward to showing it to everybody.’’

The band chose Davenport for his production on albums by one of their favourite bands, English alt-rock group Band of Skulls.

‘‘We love production on their first two albums and we love that sound because I think it’s such a nice mix of that old school thing but also sounds a little bit modern, so I think that’s what we really wanted to do with our album.

‘‘Musically he completely understood us and the direction we wanted to take and also as people we just connected really well.’’

The first single lifted from the album, Put Your Curse On Me, is a heavy rock track which features the vocals of the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir.

‘‘That was a pretty amazing thing for us. We’ve always wanted to work with a gospel choir – we just love the sound of so many voices coming together,’’ Findlay says.

The album arrives after the girls took a year-long break from touring to concentrate on writing songs without the distractions that come with being out on the road.

Findlay says it allowed them to mature not only as musicians but people too.

‘‘Our whole journey has been a bit of a whirlwind,’’ she says.

‘‘So much happened for us as soon as we were Unearthed by Triple J – it kind of went a bit crazy.

‘‘I feel like we grew up a lot both as people and musically. It was good to just have time to focus on the songs and have that time to dedicate.’’

It’s not all rock’n’roll, though.

Holly, who at 15 is the youngest of the group, and 19-year-old Sarah are still yet to finish high school so must juggle distance education with their band commitments.

Findlay says that as the eldest of the group she tends to take on the mother role [‘‘I’m a bit of a control freak to be honest,’’ she laughs], but being in a band with her siblings is a blessing.

‘‘We’re really close and we’re friends as well as sisters,’’ she says.

‘‘It definitely has its challenges at times, but I think mostly it’s a really good thing to be so close with people that you’re in a band with.’’

Stonefield perform at The Small Ballroom, Islington on August 23. Tickets online at oztix南京夜网.au

Stonefield are proud of their latest album and ready for a national tour.

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