Last year, I wrote quite a bit about the Darraweit Guim, Australia-based sibling psych rock quartet Stonefield, comprised of Amy (drums, lead vocals), Hannah (guitar), Sarah (keys) and Holly Findlay (bass). Now, as you may recall, the siblings began playing together when they were quite young — with the youngest being seven and the oldest being 15. And as the story goes, the band’s elder member Amy recorded their first song “Foreign Lover” for a school project, and then reportedly entered the song into Triple J’s national, unsigned band competition for youngsters Unearthed High as an afterthought. Much to her and her sisters’ surprise, the band wound up winning the contest, and within an incredibly short period of time after their Unearthed High win, the Findlay sisters had two singles receiving regular airplay on Australian radio and an invitation to play at Glastonbury Festival.
During that same period, the sibling quartet has been incredibly prolific as they’ve released two EPs, their self-titled full-length debut, their sophomore effort As Above So Below, a handful of singles, and their third album Far From Earth through King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Flightless Records earlier this year. The band will be making a North American tour that will include stops at Desert Daze, Toronto’s Night Owl Fest, Mexico City’s Hipnosis Festival and a special NYC area show at Baby’s All Right to celebrate the release of the “Through the Storm” 7 inch, which coincidentally is the album’s latest single, as well. Interestingly, the single finds the Australian sibling band and JOVM mainstays cementing their reputation as one of the world’s hardest bands — while gently pushing their sound towards doom metal and psych rock, thanks to pummeling drumming, scuzzy down-tuned power chords, and a soaring and ethereal bridge. To my ears, the band sounds as though they’re actively channeling both Black Sabbath and 90s grunge — in particular, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.
Check out the tour dates below.
** with Frankie and the Witch Fingers
9/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Griffin**
9/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room**
9/22 – Denver, CO @ The Hi-Dive**
9/23 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge**
9/24 – Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel**
9/25 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen**
9/26 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop Bar**
9/27 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx**
9/28 – Toronto, ON @ Night Owl Fest**
9/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Greenway 7” release show)**
9/30 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
10/2 – New York, NY @ Berlin
10/3 – New York, NY @ Berlin
10/6 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Hipnosis Festival
10/10- Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
10/12-10/14 – Moreno Beach, Lake Perris, CA @ Desert Daze
11/10 – Tijuana, Mexico @ Marko Disko (w/ King Gizzard)