What at first seemed like a regular sleepy eve, quickly turned out to be a joyful celebration of all that’s fuzzy and psyched-out. After a year of touring Europe and the US in support of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the Australian sister-quartet from Stonefield returned to the Old Continent for yet another run of shows. Hitting the road solo and in a fully DIY fashion, the girls stopped by Cul De Sac in Tilburg and shared the stage with Supersonic Blues, heavy psych rockers hailing from The Hague. One could not think of a better Sunday evening, trust me.
Text and photography by The Buried Herald
After a short delay, the gig had finally started with Supersonic Blues climbing the stage and delivering some funky hard rock with a strong psychedelic core. In the beginning, the riff-hungry crowd took some time to embrace the groove but as the guys were progressing with their setlist, so did the people with their energy. The band’s music heavily reminded me of the likes of The Sonic Dawn or early Kadavar in terms of that characteristic swirling guitar tone and the general retro aesthetics. The drums might have sounded a tad flat and the vocals could have conveyed more energy, however overall the sound was well-balanced and didn’t obliterate my ears with overwhelming volume.
The guys seemed to have already played together for quite some time as the separate tracks felt well-honed and complete in a way. Not to mention the subtle yet still present joy of playing together they all shared between each other. Playing for little over 30 minutes, Supersonic Blues managed to get some folks dancing and throwing their hands in the air in acts of joy and sonic fulfillment. Just perfect for warming up and preparing for yet another dose of some heavy psychedelia.
Picture this: Tiny stage, faint lighting and four sisters dressed almost identical and each wielding an instrument of her own choice. Amy on drums and lead vocals, Hannah on lead guitar, Sarah on keyboards and support vocals and Holly on bass guitar. The circle was complete, and then the madness had begun to unfold.
Playing for little less than an hour, Stonefield kicked their gig off with Through The Storm, a track off their 2018 record titled Far From Earth. There was no mellow introduction, no hazy beginnings. The girls went straight for to the point and bit by bit started turning Cul De Sac into a spaced-out arena where riffs fought with our common sense. The punchy drum work of Amy and her charming voice relentlessly paved way for all the other instruments which again, felt like they were balanced rather fairly. And while the setlist was rich in tracks spanning both their recent and older works, I felt like the gig missed something that would bind all the individual tracks together. Don’t get me wrong, the songs in themselves were performed with utmost precision and sonic finesse, but it’s just this element of fun that could have brought the performance to yet another level. The highly energetic Dead Alive or the melancholic Love were all there and it blew me away how well those songs sounded in a small club like Cul De Sac. There were moments where things took a seriously intense turn due to the typical psychedelic grooves that many of Stonefield’s songs have in common. Needless to say: it was one hell of a cosmic ritual.