Short Stack in 2011
|Origin||Budgewoi, New South Wales, Australia|
|Genres||Pop punk, alternative rock|
|Labels||Sunday Morning Records|
|Past members||Shaun Diviney
Short Stack was an Australian pop punk band, formed in 2005. The band consisted of members Shaun Diviney, Andy Clemmensen and Bradie Webb. Their touring members included Luke Lukess, Sinj Clark, Lewis Usher, and Chris Smith. Shannon Hotchkins was also a member of Short Stack before any song was ever performed or recorded. Short Stack were twice named channel [V]'s Oz Artist of the Year, and produced two gold-selling albums, three top ten singles, and ARIA number one chart award and a platinum-selling single. They have also shared the stage with artists such as McFly, Hellogoodbye, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte and The Veronicas, many of which while still completing their HSC. However, in 2012, the group split, releasing SOUL on YouTube, a song which was intended to be their next single. Their third album was released on 18 October, over a year and a half since the split. No comments have been made by any former members on its release, nor on the topic of Short Stack becoming a band once again, though the album's release has sparked rumours of a possible reformation of the band.
- 1 History
- 2 Discography
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Touring
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
2002–2005: Formation of Short Stack
Shaun Diviney, Andy Clemmensen and Bradie Webb met on the train to the Hunter School of Performing Arts in Newcastle, New South Wales. Eventually, they decided to form a band and named it Short Stack. Originally, Shannon Hotchkins played drums, Webb played guitar, Clemmensen played bass and Diviney was the lead vocalist. However, after Hotchkins left, Diviney heard Webb playing on the drums and realised that he had the talent. So, Diviney became the lead vocalist and guitarist, Clemmensen stayed on bass, and Webb became the drummer.
2005–2008: Early years
Three years after the band members met, they entered Youthrock, a competition for school-based bands. They failed to pass the first round in 2005, but were inspired to continue with their careers and made a limited-edition release of their first album, One Size Fits All, produced by Webb. They saved up money, and later released around 40 copies throughout local schools and the community.
They later returned to Youthrock in 2006, placing third. This was where they met Trevor Steel and Chris Johns of indie label "Sunday Morning Records", who then signed the band in August 2007. Over time, Short Stack accumulated a dedicated fanbase of teenagers through social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Their YouTube channel, well known for "Short Stack TV", has gained some attention on YouTube, including becoming the 29th most-viewed of all time Australian YouTube channel.
2009: Stack Is the New Black and "Sweet December"
On 14 August 2009, Short Stack released their debut album, Stack Is the New Black. The band has released four singles, "Shimmy a Go Go", "Princess", "Sway, Sway Baby!" and "Ladies & Gentlemen". "Sway, Sway Baby!" debuted at number 2 on the ARIA singles chart, making it the highest ranking debut on the week of its release; it dropped 25 places during the following week.
It was announced that Short Stack would release "Ladies & Gentlemen" and "Sweet December" as well as songs remixed by Bradie, on an EP. The EP was released on 11 December. "Sweet December" debuted at number 8 on the ARIA singles chart.
2010–2011: This Is Bat Country
On 29 July 2010 on his Twitter, Diviney announced that the first single from their second album would be titled "Planets" and it would be released as an EP. This EP includes the songs "I Will. I Will. I Will.", "Electric Romantics" and "In My Hands". On 24 September, to coincide with the release of "Planets", Short Stack performed the song live at Federation Square in Melbourne. The event was televised live on Sunrise.
In an interview with The Music Network, the band revealed the new album was produced by Lee Groves and would be released in November. Shaun Diviney also announced a new orchestral sound, stating: "We've been having fun looking backward through music rather than going down the electro-pop route which everybody seems to be doing now." Webb added: "It's a lot more laid back. Less thrashy, more sexy."
The second single that was released from This Is Bat Country is titled "We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey". On 18 October, Short Stack performed "Planets" live on The X Factor. On the same day, This Is Bat Country became available for pre-order, with a collector's limited edition pack including an action figure of the band and an exclusively signed poster.
On 2 November, Universal Music Australia confirmed that Short Stack would appear on the cover of issue #709 of the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine. In November, Short Stack won their second Oz Artist of the Year Award from Channel V, beating artists such as Bliss n Eso, the John Butler Trio and Amy Meredith.
Also in November, Short Stack went on a meet and greet tour around the country to promote the release of This Is Bat Country. On 14 November, they performed "Planets" and "We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey" on Telethon. The third single from This Is Bat Country, "Heartbreak Made Me a Killer", was released as an EP on 25 March 2011. Short Stack opened for Good Charlotte as part of their Cardiology Tour in Australia in April 2011.
2011–2012: "Bang Bang Sexy" and the end of Short Stack
Their last single "Bang Bang Sexy" was released on 19 September 2011.
The band also released their first documentary, The Story of Short Stack, based on their road to success. It was directed, produced and edited by Clemmensen. In the documentary, the name of the new album was released as Art Vandelay, as well as the track listing for that album.
On 30 March 2012, Short Stack announced via their Facebook page that they would no longer be making music together stating that "even though we are no longer making music, we still remain the closest friends." Along with the announcement they released their last ever song and music video, "S.O.U.L.". This also halted the making of Art Vandelay and concluded Short Stack forever.
"Dear friends, As you may be aware, stack is no more. To everyone who has supported the band in any way, I cannot thank you enough. From the ones who told their friends about us to the ones who camped out before shows. For me, since the band started when I was 15, it's always been about the music I wrote and how it effected people. The greatest feeling was you singing my words back at a show, living with the albums and letting something I created be a part of your lives. These times will be some of the best of my life with the boys/the crew and we still remain the closest friends. But the show must go on. If you try to recapture yesterday you will only lose tomorrow. I am starting work on my next project which is honestly the best thing I have ever done. I'm falling in love with music all over again, feeling a fire I haven't in years. I'm heading over to LA / NY mid year to write and do music, working with artists I love & enjoying life but most importantly I feel it's time to START something again. See you on the road soon, Diviney."—Short Stack, Facebook and Twitter
After Short Stack
Shaun Diviney has continued his music career, which he is enthusiastic about. He made a trip to Los Angeles in mid-2012 to write some more music for his solo career. Diviney also announced that Webb is likely to continue his career in producing music and that Andy aims to pursue a future in film directing.
On 15 October 2012, it was announced that Clemmensen would make an appearance in the long-running soap opera Neighbours. Clemmensen's character, Harry Vass, competes against Sophie Ramsay (Kaiya Jones) during an open mic night.
Shaun Diviney's new project/band, Diviney announced a tour of Australia, playing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In a Q&A Diviney posted, they announced that they would also tour England and release their first studio album and single during 2013. On 23 December 2012, Diviney announced their Sydney gig was sold out, the first (and currently only) of the shows to sell out. Diviney's debut EP Sex Games was released on 28 June 2013, and was a success, topping Australian rock album charts within hours of its release.
Art Vandelay was officially released on Friday, 18 October 2013 on iTunes and for stream on Spotify.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications
|2009||Stack Is the New Black
|2010||This Is Bat Country
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications
|2005||One Size Fits All
|Year||Single||Chart peak positions||Album|
|2008||"Shimmy a Go Go"||31||Stack Is the New Black|
|"Sway, Sway Baby!"||2|
|"Ladies & Gentlemen"||—|
|"Sweet December"||8||Sweet December (EP)|
|2010||"Planets"||4||This Is Bat Country|
|"We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey"||43|
|2011||"Heartbreak Made Me a Killer"||93|
|"Bang Bang Sexy"||98||Art Vandelay|
|2008||"Sway, Sway Baby!"||Shaun Diviney|
|"Drop Dead Gorgeous"||Dan Reisinger|
|"Shimmy a Go Go"|
|"Sway, Sway Baby!" (remake)|
|"Ladies & Gentlemen"|
|"We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey"|
|2011||"Heartbreak Made Me a Killer"||Benn Jae & Tony Prescott|
|"Bang Bang Sexy"||Dan Reisigner|
|Year||Title||Diviney's role||Clemmensen's role||Webb's role||Notes|
|2005||Blokeman skit||N/A||Kevin||N/A||For Comedy Channel.|
|2007–2011||Short Stack TV||Himself||Himself||Himself||Online TV show on YouTube|
|2010||Spicks and Specks||Himself||N/A||N/A||For Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|2011||Stay Tuned||Himself||Himself||Himself||For Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|2011||The Story of Short Stack||Himself||Himself||Himself||Documentary about band. Directed and produced by Clemmensen.|
|2012||Neighbours||N/A||Harry Vass||N/A||Australian soap opera|
Short Stack toured several times, to promote each of their albums, and often held meet-and-greets.
|Start date||End date||Name|
|11 December 2009||19 December 2009||Stack Is the New Black Tour|
|26 March 2010||24 April 2010||Stack Is the New Black – Part 2 Tour|
|1 July 2011||30 July 2011||This Is Bat Country Tour|
|Shaun "Jumpnow" Jennings||Tour manager||2007–2011||Starred in film, Co-wrote lyrics for 'Rain on her parade' and 'Die young stay pretty'|
|Sonny Joe Flanagan||Merchandise seller||2008–2012||Starred in film|
|James "Jimmy" Machan||Stage hand||2009–2010|
|Luke Diviney||Keyboards, backing vocals||2009||Brother to band member Shaun Diviney|
|Whakaio Taahi||Guitar, keyboards||2009||Member of Tonight Alive|
|Liam Gordon||Guitar, keyboards, backing vocals||2009–2010|
|Lewis Usher||Guitar technician||2009–2012||Starred in film, Member of the band Hellions|
|Shannon Hotchkins||Drum technician||2009||Was in the band in 2004 as drummer prior to any recordings|
|Luke Lukess||Guitar, backing vocals||2010–2012||Starred in film; Member of My Future Lies; Official website|
|Sinj Clarke||Keyboards||2010–2012||Starred in film|
|Chris Smith||Drum technician||2011||Member of Die For You. Also signed to Sunday Morning Records|
|2012||"Heartbreak Made Me a Killer" (Shaun Diviney)||Rock Work of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Short Stack||Channel [V] Oz Artist of the Year||Won|
|Shaun Diviney||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards: Hottest Aussie Male||Nominated|
|"Sway, Sway Baby!"||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards: Fave Song||Nominated|
|Short Stack||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards: Fave Aussie Band||Won|
|2010||Channel [V] Oz Artist of the Year||Won|
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