After playing shows in Sydney and Adelaide, Melbourne locals Stonefox hit The Workers Club in Fitzroy as part of their 'Hearts of Gold' single tour.
The up-and-coming ambient wizards played an impressive set featuring an array of material from their 2015 EP Surface and other singles they've released in recent times. As I anticipated, the lush and heartwarming feel of their tracks translated gorgeously live.
The super chilled 'Dreamstate' combined delicate textures with the beautiful rotating vocals of Jenna Russo and Tim Carroll.
They played a toned down version of The Killers' 'Smile Like You Mean It'. They transformed the megahit into a heavenly ambient wonderland. Hearing their rendition made me see the usually rock-heavy track in a whole new light and perspective. I hope they record this one day; it would be magical to be able to listen to it again.
Though it's hard to pick a favourite from the night, 'All I Want' was a standout. Its charming simplicity has incredible powers and saw my skin gather a few goosebumps. The lyrics are enchanting and exhibit a story-like feeling. 'Arrow' which is one of their major singles, featured an abundance of energy from the crowd. Monica Spasaro is a wonderful drummer and her work during 'Arrow' was amazing.
They closed their show with their most recent single 'Hands of Gold'. The atmospheric track was a strong closer to what was an energetic and captivating set.
Stonefox are on the road to bigger and greater things, and I look forward to seeing what they have planned next.
STONEFOX | THE WORKERS CLUB | MELB | 19.11.16
Photographer: Kristy Smolcic