Stonefield are wild, sick or not
STONEFIELD'S Amy Findlay pauses between songs to tell her Coolangatta Hotel fans she's a bit sick.
It does little to stem a savage stream of vocals coming from behind her drum kit.
The Victorian group's new song Black Water Rising (through my soul) gains high rotation on national youth radio network triple j.
When Amy and her sisters Hann
ah on guitar, Sarah on keyboard and larger than life 13-year-old Holly on bass launched into it, it was clear those present were no strangers to its rocking rollercoaster ride.
And any who had not heard it live launched into just that little bit more of a frenzy on seeing it unfold.
This was Sunday night, April 22, the cans of Jack Daniels were $11 and work tomorrow, for most, loomed large in the mind.
But it made little difference.
The girls were in good company that night: Moss on the Rocks, Kingswood and The Delta Riggs all performed before them like their male crowd warm up servants.
All four bands are specialists in heart-thumping, relentlessly fast and occasionally psychedelic music that quickly forced revellers out onto the balcony between acts for fresh air, whether nicotine assisted or not.
Vital YouTube searches from the support acts are Moss on the Rocks' Apocalypse, Kingswood's Yeah Go Die and The Delta Riggs' Counter Revolution.
Through the Clover is one you'll love if you're big on all girl bands that don't lip synch, write with their eyes closed and dress in a way that would offend Caligula.
Indeed Stonefield's brightest star beyond Amy's spine tingling voice, not to mention perfect role model, is Holly.
The diminutive diva strutted all over the stage threatening to flick out the eyes of those hanging over the stage barrier with her hair, all the while wielding a guitar taller than her with the ease and expertise of a gigantic lumberjack clearing a forest.
Amy joined her sisters below the drums about half-way through the set.
The girls led the crowd by rocking around the stage in a scene of head-banging madness set to feverish lights and music.
As a finale Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love received encore-cover treatment from Stonefield.
Subsequently 100-or-so adrenaline pumped people spilled from the Cooly Hotel into the very early morning; still unable to sleep for hours.