Introducing Folk-Pop-Country Group Storm & Stone

Storm & Stone are a three-piece band from Blue Mountains.
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

Self-confessed as 'not your average family band', Storm & Stone feature siblings Auriel, August and Hallelujah who compose delightful melodies and harmonies to create their own unique blend of folk-pop-country soundscapes.

After the release earlier this year of their debut single 'Bad', which has been streamed 50k times on Spotify, Storm & Stone's newest release is 'Town That Made Me' which is set to feature in the to-be-released Australian movie 'Love You Like That' starring John Jarrett and Mitchell Hope.

"We've been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by talented and inspiring people on our journey through life," the band states.

"When we were recording this song, we wanted it to be infused with the immense amount of gratitude we feel for the community of family, friends and people that helped make us who we are today.

"This video not only showcases the process we went through to make the single, but the people that helped make it. It's visually our way of saying thank you to the town that made me."

Who is Storm & Stone... We're a family band that have the pleasure of singing and writing together. We were all born in the same room, in a tiny, two-bedroom miner's cottage in the Blue Mountains.

Family and supporting one another has always been at the forefront of what we've done in our lives, and in our music too. It's how we ended up coming together.

We sound like... Fleetwood Mac, Mumford & Sons and Dolly Parton decided to have kids, and out we came. We have a fluid and blended approach to music, and this really reflects in the kind of music we make. We mostly fall into folk/ pop/ country music.

Our first gig was... At August's Christmas work party. We got given a shot to be playing in this big advertising party in a warehouse in an industrial area of Sydney. That was the first time anyone really heard our music and these singles we've now released.

When did you settle on the group's name, and was it a unanimous decision... This is a funny one for us. We have a really long, double barrelled last name that we struggle to get onto official documents on the best day, so we always knew we needed to find a name that was a bit shorter to use.

August previously had been pushing music out under the name August Storm, and Auriel had been writing under the name Auriel Stone.

When we started to form the band and dragged Hallelujah into it to be our glue, we felt it made the most sense to go with Storm & Stone, because it was a simple way to show how we were glued together. Without all parts, we wouldn’t be the band we are.

In the studio we usually... Beyond just laying down the instruments, writing and playing on the record together, we each have taken on different roles in the studio.

Hally has had a big hand in the production side of how the songs come together sonically. Auriel wrote a fair few of the songs we have on this album (including our latest release 'Town That Made Me'), so she's really kept honing her skills to be able to write at the drop of a hat.

August is our super hustler. She's got this mind for planning and acting as den mother with everyone and if you need something, anything, she's the one to ask because she somehow makes it happen. We definitely show up as siblings in the studio though.

If we could tour with anyone... It's different for all of us. Auriel would say Keith Urban. Hal would mention Arctic Monkeys or Idles, and August would have her sights fixated on Queen or Led Zeppelin (even if they've hung up their tour bags).

Social media is... IG @stormandstoneofficial / FB Storm & Stone.

Our favourite app at the moment is... Co-Star and Spotify For Artists. Both tell you your future (or do they).

To date, our most embarrassing moment was the time... We formed a sibling band. Need we go on?

Life on the road can be... Just like the road trip you took with your family when you were seven years old. It's fun, hot and sweaty with a lot of big stretches of road spent singing the 'Shrek' movie soundtrack.

If you'll have us on your bill, our rider contains... We recently did a shoot with friends of ours and when they asked us what we wanted on our rider, we very jokingly said a bowl of blue M&Ms, a bowl of salt & vinegar chips (the curled over ones only), a person ready to fan us at any moment, and lemons on pikes within arm's reach.

We didn't think that anyone would organise that, but they did. They may have created a monster.

The scariest scenario we've found ourselves in, was... When we were a lot younger; our Dad had a stroke and wasn't able to speak for about six-plus months. He rewired his brain by playing music and using music as a tool to communicate. We didn't fully comprehend at the time how scary that was, but it's influenced a big part of why music is so important to us.

What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be spokesperson of the band... If we could somehow get Dolly Parton, Robert Plant and Alex Turner to be our spokespeople, that would be a dream. A weird, and very wonderful dream.

If you had to live in a city abroad, where would you choose and why? We're all torn on this one. Auriel would be Nashville, August would be Reykjavik and Hal would be Manchester. Maybe ask us in a year.

Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party... Dolly Parton, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Rick Rubin. It would be seriously weird, but we'd learn a lot.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? The family's greatest hits that come out every Christmas: Chicken schnitzel, rakott krumpli, crispy pork belly with roasted potatoes, Mum's spring rolls, phad phet, Thai fried rice, maybe a green curry and fresh baked bread.

If that's not making you feel full, Mum would likely invent an amazing cake that she'd forget the recipe for so that it could never be repeated again.

When it comes to pets are you guys a lover or hater of our furry friends? We love them. Auriel recently adopted a fur baby and we've had a menagerie of pets growing up (not one a normal pet though).

No matter the expense, send us a case of... Dad's chilli sauce and Mum's fried garlic. Truly, that stuff is liquid gold to us.

The last time we saw the inside of a gym was... A couple of weeks ago, before lockdown 2.0.

What's the one chore you dislike the most? Ironing a fitted sheet or trying to fold it. Truly, the people that can – real life gods amongst us.

Do you have any phobias? Fitted sheets.

Would you ever partake in a reality show? We think we could do ok in a cooking challenge like Netflix's 'The Big Family Cooking Showdown'. We're not sure who'd be head chef though.

If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? Clearly, our targets are each other. None of us have brought each other down. . . yet.

Best local takeaway joint for a 2am feed that will leave you with a food coma? Twenty four pack of chicken nuggets with sweet & sour sauce from Maccas. Truly, the OG.

Which fictional characters best describes your personality? 'Bob's Burgers' slaps just a little too close to home. Our family used to run a café and it was literally an episode of 'Bob's Burgers' every day. We'll leave it to your imagination to match characters to us.

Last show we binge-watched? 'Bob's Burgers' and 'Kim's Convenience'. Again, it really hits close to home.

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