Stonefield is sick of the sexism they’re forced to deal with on the road and they’re not going to stand for it anymore.
When they started out, leering old men at bars made them rethink their onstage wardrobes. Sound techs dismissed them before they played a single note.
“It a bit of a double whammy because we’re an all-female band, we’re all sisters and we were all really young when we started,” drummer and lead singer Amy Findlay tells BTRtoday.
Today, the four sisters in the Australian psych-rock quartet know they don’t have to prove they belong onstage and confidently follow their hearts. “But It took us such a long time to get to that point,” Findlay says. “Our opinion, at the end of the day, is the only thing that really matters because there’s no right or wrong with music.”
Their forthcoming album Bent, dropping June 14, is a response to inequality in the music industry. Touring with bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and King Tuff, they were often the only females on stage. All too often, being the only girls on the bill meant dealing with inappropriate actions by audience members and unfair treatment from venues.
“Going into a sound check was like a performance for us because we felt like we had to earn the respect of the sound engineer,” she says. “And then there was just the classic disrespect at gigs.”
As women onstage, unwanted attention was a constant feature of playing live. A summer show early in their career almost made them consider instituting an onstage dress code.
“It was in summer so we’re wearing shorts and stuff and there were these old men sitting at the bar right in front of us just checking us out and making us feel so uncomfortable,” she says.
She and her sisters were fighting for respect. They didn’t want people to objectify them and thought about ruling shorts out from their wardrobe for good.
“Thinking back to that now it’s just so crazy that we said that to ourselves because now it’s like, ‘fuck that, we can wear whatever we want—they’re in the wrong, they shouldn’t be disrespecting us like that,’” she says.
Synth-heavy and loaded with brain-rattling guitar, Stonefield’s Bent is the band’s most epic album yet. Findlay says her and her sisters, Hannah (guitar), Sarah (keys) and Holly (bass), write all the songs together and had to wade through some rough to get to the diamonds.
“We kind of feel like we need to write a whole heap of songs before we get to the point of knowing the vibe of the whole album,” Findlay says. “Overall, it’s quite heavy, it’s synthy and it’s a bit spooky.”
Bent comes out on King Gizard’s psych label Flightless Records June 14. In the meantime, hear the first single “Sleep” along with their previous record Far From Earth and the entire interview with frontwoman Amy Findlay on this week’s The Music Meetup.