Amy Findlay - Lead Vocals & Drums Hannah Findlay - Guitar & Backing Vocals Sarah Findlay - Keyboard & Backing Vocals Holly Findlay - Bass & Backing Vocals
Frank Zappa, led zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix
Screeching vocals, electrifying riffs, keys and driving beats are streaming from the cracks of a shed in the hills. Growing up on a diet of Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, and Hendrix, the sisters picked up their instruments in late 2006 and after a month started playing as a band. Iotah have had the privilege to play alongside bands such as Children Collide, The Spazzys and Tex Perkins and have won various awards including a nomination for the 2008 youth awards, winning the group Music award for the Macedon Ranges Youth Awards 2010, placing first in several Battle Of The Bands and were awarded Freeza Central “Band of The Month” last year. With aspirations to keep playing for years to come, Iotah are sure to be sticking around.
Stonefield are four sisters, heavily influenced by old school rock. And are one of our 2010 Unearthed high finalists!
Tell us about your music – how did you develop sound?
We have grown up with music constantly playing in our house. Although our parents aren't musical themselves, they love music and have passed that love on to us. Listening to music is great, but we wanted to be able to play it. We began playing our instruments in late 2006 and pretty much started playing as a band straight away. We are heavily influenced by 70s rock. Love Zeppelin, Hendrix, Zappa and so much more. We seem to find playing this genre a lot of fun, covering songs and then developing our own twist to that sound and so decided that was the direction to head towards.
Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?
Gisborne Secondary College is part of the Macedon Ranges. It's a really arty, musical community and a lot of support is shown to this. The whole school supports our band, helping us in any way that they can. We play at school concerts and heaps of other gigs around the area. We tend to find ourselves playing a heap of youth orientated gigs which is always awesome as we would love to inspire as many young people to pick up an instrument as we can. We play around Melbourne as well - recently played at Fed Square, St Kilda Festival, The Espy... We all learn our instruments at our next door neighbours house. He happens to be an awesome musician and teacher and has taught us so much about music. Amy is studying a music Degree and is in her final year at NMIT in Fairfield. When our school found out about Unearthed High, everyone jumped on the net and showed a great deal of support to our band.
Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?
We've fortunately had heaps of opportunities to play live shows. It's around the 100 mark now. We take every opportunity we can to play live. Our music probably comes across a lot more energetic and 'Rock' in our live shows. I think we seem like less of a "girl band" and more like sisters playing rock music if that makes sense! The reaction before and after a show is pretty different. So many times we've walked into a venue and been looked down at as though we're a sissy little girl band, about to play the Dixie Chicks. (No offence Dixie Chicks.) After a show we tend to get a lot of comments like "Wow, wasn't expecting that! You girls rock!" We like to get into the mood and rock out in our live performances.
What’s coming up in the future?
We are recording and releasing an EP this year, promoting it with lots of gigs. We would love to get our music out there and heard by as many people as possible. To be able to live off of our music is of course the dream.
Australian music is?
Life, passion, culture, roots. It's unbelievable the amount of good music Australia produces, and so much of it is from young people.View Profile Hide Interview
24 Jun 2010
This is why thes...
This is why these sisters are the best high school band in the country. So much maturity in their songwriting at such a young age. And it rocks, plain & simple.