Live Review: Stonefield, Destrends, Magic Bones

16 July 2015 | 4:42 pm | Lucy Rutherford

"The Findlay sisters are moving their sound forward with assured maturity and skill."

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With glittered faces, first support Destrends were able to make a lot of noise despite drummer Nathan Savage playing with a broken leg. Lead singer and bassist Matt Savage commanded the stage with all the rock punk moves, performing straight to the crowd and successfully getting a group of audience members at the front to dance the whole way through their set.

Magic Bones are a four piece with massive energy. Swapping around instruments throughout the set, their ‘60s garage sound was heavy and unrelenting while still melodic and very danceable. The male and female lead vocals from guitarist and drummer Dylan Thorpe and bassist Kiri O’Connor provided great contrasts and harmonies.

The tiny Four5Nine Bar filled up as Stonefield took to the stage. The four Findlay sisters got straight into a long instrumental piece of woozy guitars and psychedelic keys, introducing their new sound with confidence. More new songs off upcoming album were tested out on the audience with great success. New single Golden Dreams was well received, filling the room with its rock-psych chords and ethereal vocals. Stonefield’s older hits were also represented with Black Water Rising getting the whole crowd moving and singing.

The expansive guitar riffs and solid organs chords combined with lead singer Amy’s strong vocals in Stonefield’s new songs show that while still sticking to their ‘70s rock inspiration, the Findlay sisters are moving their sound forward with assured maturity and skill.

Originally published in X-Press Magazine