Rock ‘n’ rollinâ€™ free spirits Stonefield are about to once again hit the road for an Australian East Coast tour during April. The tour will promote the soon-to-be-released EP Bad Reality of which the lead single and title track has recently hit the airways.
Bad Reality, the single, is a typically blistering Stonefield song that centres on a yearning to escape one’s immediate surroundings. As the young, talented and intelligent Amy Findlay explains, the track is not necessarily a personal statement.
â€śI guess itâ€™s just that whole youth thing. When youâ€™re young you just want to run away and rebelâ€¦ Not that I particularly am feeling like that at the moment. I just sometimes make up stories in my head and wanted to go with that whole theme,â€ť Amy said.
â€śIt came after we were stressing about the singleâ€¦ We were kind of feeling the pressure and stressing out a fair bit about not having this song. Then we realized there was no point putting this extra pressure on ourselves and we need to just relax and go back to how we used to write songs before… It just sort of came out really quickly, one of those natural songs where we had it in minutes,â€ť she said.
Stonefield recently played their new single Bad Reality to a national audience when they appeared on Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight. It was the first TV appearance for the young band and proved a different beast to that of a live gig.
â€śYou know, itâ€™s recorded and thatâ€™s it, thatâ€™s what everyoneâ€™s going to seeâ€¦ It was for like however long the song is, two and a half minutes or something and it was all over. Yeah, so itâ€™s definitely quite a nerve-racking thing to do,â€ť Amy said.
With TV appearance now checked off Stonefieldâ€™s ever-increasing list of achievements, the band will soon be able to claim an appearance at triple jâ€™s One Night Stand, taking place June 2 in Dalby. The town is located approximately 3 hours west of Brisbane and has a population of around 10,000.
â€śItâ€™s really exciting, playing in a town that we probably would never have visited…if we werenâ€™t playing the One Night Stand there. Itâ€™s always an exciting thing.â€ť
â€śThe lineup’s quite diverse: itâ€™s sort of covered all bases with Matt Corby, 360, The Temper Trap and us. Maybe weâ€™re the rock, rock band (laughter).â€ť
Speaking of rock, rock bands, in December 2011 Stonefield opened for none other than the Foo Fighters, who just happened to bring along good mates Tenacious D.
â€śSarah and I got to meet Dave, who watched some of our set and said he really liked it andâ€¦Tenacious D were standing on the side of the stage watching our set, so we were very lucky; it was awesome,â€ť Amy said.
Of course the aforementioned accomplishments are only but a fraction of Stonefieldâ€™s almost unfathomably rapid success. The band gained national attention when they won triple jâ€™s Unearthed High contest in 2010, then under the moniker of Iotah. Last year they played the Glastonbury Festival followed by their single Black Water Rising appearing at #62 on triple jâ€™s Hottest 100.
Itâ€™s not hard to imagine that the girlâ€™s parents must be stokedâ€¦
â€śOur parents are extremely stoked and very happy for us… Theyâ€™ve always loved music even though they donâ€™t play it themselves. I think theyâ€™re really happy and proud that weâ€™re doing what we love.â€ś
â€śI think itâ€™s a little bit too much to really sink in. At the same time, weâ€™re really appreciative, but I think our heads will explode if we overthink it (laughter).â€ť
However, despite all these accolades and milestones, Stonefieldâ€™s most impressive feat may be their recent commitment to act as ambassadors for Headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation) throughout 2012.
â€śWe basically were getting a lot of questions about supporting all these different charities and itâ€™s really horrible having to say no because obviously we canâ€™t do everything,â€ť Amy said.
â€śSo we wanted to pick something that was really relevant to us and that we actually knew what we were talking aboutâ€¦ Itâ€™s something that we feel passionate about and can relate to. So hopefully we can help out some young people,â€ť she said.
Headspace is a nationwide initiative that promotes the mental and emotional well being of youths and hopefully prevents any drastic measures such as teen suicide.
â€śIf you donâ€™t have somebody to talk to like your friends or donâ€™t feel you can speak to any of your family members, Headspace is always available. You can just walk in there; you donâ€™t have to make an appointment or anything.”
â€śIt makes it a lot easier for kids to seek help, so just do it. Get the help and make yourself feel better.â€ť
2012 promises to be another big year for Stonefield. The EP Bad Reality is due out any day now and the bandâ€™s debut is expected later this year. As for any hints on what the next single will beâ€¦
â€śItâ€™s called Ruby Skies and weâ€™re really excited about it.â€ť
Stonefield East Coast Australian Tour 2012
Thursday 19 April
The Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21 April
Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 22 April
The Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD
Tuesday 24 April and Wednesday 25 April
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26 April
The Patch, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 27 April
The Standard, Surry Hills, NSW
Saturday 28 April
The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
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