2019 album. Produced by Joe Walker and Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. Psych rock.
‘BENT’ is the new album from all girl Aussie sibling psych-hard rock group Stonefield, the band who deliver tough but tuneful music, and also provide a caveat warning alongside their newly dropped record track “Sleep” “Administrator Instructions: Presentation of the following videotape must be preceded by the subject put into a stage two pre-hypnosis dream stage. Subjects are to be seated. Physical arrangements should be moderately comfortable and non-disturbing. Provisions should also be be made to prevent persons from entering the room once viewing is initiated”. It is an album that is immersive and delivers on all fronts.
Written largely on the road, the songs on ‘BENT’ are filled with reference and reflection, the kind that comes from months spent far from home, living on four wheels. The surreal isolation of trudging through white-out snow and snaking down deserted highways served as the perfect backdrop for the band to look inward. “It’s a culmination of experiences, emotions, and stories collected over time,” explains lead singer and drummer Amy Findlay, “A growth of honest, raw, energy that has been burning within us and waiting for its moment.”
“Sleep” opens the album with guitars covered in five inches of sludge and distortion and something that sounds like a far-off siren, or the high-pitched howlingof the wind. It serves as a warning, a call to arms, kicking things off with a next-level version of the massive, unholy racket the band has become known for over the course of their last three albums. “‘Sleep’ was inspired by the concept of floating in the inbetween,” explains Findlay. “An ode to the darkness of not wanting to cross to the other side.”
The heady Stonefield consists of sisters Amy (drums/vocals), Hannah (guitar), Holly (keyboards) and Sarah Findlay (bass). Since forming over a decade ago, they’ve released three excellent albums of expansive, rollicking garage-psych and hard rock: 2013’s self-titled debut, 2016’s ‘As Above, So Below ‘and last year’s impeccable ‘Far From Earth’. ‘BENT’, via Flightless Records, was produced by Joe Walker and Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, the album was recorded in-between tours in just five days.
Stonefield head out on a 37-date tour of Europe and the UK, after which they will be joining King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard and ORB for a North American tour.