Saturday, 12 May 2012

EP BIO: Stonefield – Bad Reality [Wunderkind]

Bad Reality EP_

It started in a shed on a family hobby farm in a tiny rural township just north of Melbourne. The shed, which housed little other than old furniture and a broken billiard table, was the obvious place in which to contain the inexpert bashings of four sisters. These four sisters would go on to become Australia earthen psych-rock opal, Stonefield.

In 2011 Stonefield had a big year! From their Unearthed winning song Foreign Lover’ receiving massive Triple J support, to their infectious rock stomper ‘Through The Clover’ going on to sell huge numbers of their first EP, Stonefield was invited to showcase at the inaugural One Movement music and arts conference in Perth. Here they were approached by Martin Elbourne, a renowned UK band booker. Elbourne was so taken with their set that he signed Stonefield on to play the 2011 Glastonbury Festival in the UK on the spot. They followed up their Glastonbury performance with a show at the Roxy in LA.

The rest of the band’s 2011 was spent playing their first (sold out) headline shows around Australia as well as supports with the Kaiser Chiefs, Cold Chisel, Foo Fighters and being introduced to major Australian festival crowds.

The band went on to release double A-side single Blackwater Rising/ Yes Master, which was recorded with producer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets) and was the band’s first output on their new label, Wunderkind.

Stonefield began 2012 with the east coast dates of the Big Day Out and gaining a spot in the Triple J’s hottest 100. The band have just finished recording a new 6 track mini album with Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studios with the first single Bad Reality, just released and gaining momentum at radio. The Bad Reality Tour begins at the Gt Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on April 19.

Stonefield have also been added to JJJ’s One Night Stand to be held in Dalby, Qld on Saturday, June 2.
At home, they still write and practice in the shed, their explosive jams reverberating out across the paddocks. The only difference now is that we all get to share in rock’n’roll’s newest family story.