STONEFIELD: Far From Earth: LP

I always feel conflicted when talking about all-female bands because on one hand, I want us all to evolve past mentioning the gender of talented female musicians, as though it were surprising or anomalous that a woman could make good music, and just accept that female musicians are “regular” musicians; on the other hand, I can’t help but feel particularly excited when a truly badass group of women come together and make heavy music. Stonefield’s four sisters from Melbourne, Australia, musically rival any of today’s best psychedelic rock bands (including Flightless label mates King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard) with their own unique stamp—not the least of which is singing drummer Amy Findlay’s wailing vocals that powerfully echo through deep space. I saw them open for Frankie And The Witch Fingers in L.A. recently, and their energy seemed to reverberate right through everyone’s chests, through the walls. Two full-length albums in, Stonefield has rightfully staked its claim as a star student of the ’70s, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. –Michelle Kirk (Flightless, [email protected], flightlessrecords.com)