VICTORIAN musicians Owl Eyes and Stonefield have joined forces for a national tour next month, including Bendigo.
The Winter Road Trip 2012 will support the Australian Government initiative The Line, which promotes respectful relationships among Australia’s youth and raises awareness about everything from sexting, texting, and cyber‐bullying to inappropriate physical behaviour.
“It’s a great campaign because it’s not preaching anything, it’s just sharing a message of respect,” Brooke Addamo said.
Brooke, who performs as Owl Eyes and Stonefield’s Findlay sisters are the latest musical ambassadors to be enlisted in the campaign and will spread The Line’s positive message throughout the tour.
“It’s about knowing where to draw the line. When too much is too much,” Stonefield’s Amy Findlay said.
“Cyber bullying is a big part of the problem, where keyboard warriors sit at home and post horrible things.
“As a band we have learnt to disregard them.
Stonefield and Owl Eyes play the Mac Gillivray Hall in Bendigo on August 3.
“It’s important we play for the younger fans.” Amy said.
While the show is about the music, it’s pushing an important line.
“It’s great to use music to help convey a message – especially a message about respect and just making people aware of it,” Amy said.
It is the first time the girls have toured together and both artists are excited by the anticipation of their time on the road through predominantly regional areas of Australia.
“I feel like in the regional areas they don’t always get a lot of live music or get an opportunity to get out to a lot of venues or anything like that so it will be nice to take our music and The Line’s message there and spread it around a bit.
“It will be quite special,” Brooke said.
The five young women, with an average age of less than 19, hope to encourage young people to work towards changing attitudes and behaviour about violence and relationships.
Stonefield won the triple J Unearthed High competition in 2010 and have played at The Big Day Out as well as Glastonbury in the UK.
“Glastonbury was pretty daunting,” Amy said.
“The moment of us walking on the stage was just amazing.
“We all thought how good it was to come from our small Victorian town, and our first international gig was Glastonbury.”