Short Stack

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Short Stack
Short Stack.jpg
Short Stack in 2011
Background information
Origin Budgewoi, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop punk, alternative rock
Years active 2005–2012, 2014-present
Labels Independent Label
Website www.shortstack.com.au
Members Shaun Diviney
Andy Clemmensen
Bradie Webb

Short Stack is an Australian pop punk band, formed in 2005. The band consists of members Shaun Diviney, Andy Clemmensen and Bradie Webb. Their touring members included Luke Lukess, Sinj Clark, Scott Mullane (FOH/TM), Ash Neuendorf (LD), Lewis Usher (guitar tech), Simon O'Connor (drum tech) and Chris Smith (drum tech). Shannon Hotchkins was also a member of Short Stack before any song was ever performed or recorded.[1] Short Stack were twice named Channel V 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. However, in 2012, the group split. Their third album was released in October 2013, with no promotion or comments made concerning the release. In April 2014, the band announced their reformation. A new single, Television, was released soon after

History[edit]

2002–2005: Formation of Short Stack[edit]

Shaun Diviney (pictured) is the lead vocalist 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.[1]

2005–2008: Early years[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

In 2008, Short Stack was awarded Channel V Oz Artist of the Year Award, beating other popular acts such as The Getaway Plan, The Living End, The Veronicas and Kisschasy.[2]

2009: Stack Is the New Black and "Sweet December"[edit]

On 14 August 2009, Short Stack released their debut album, Stack Is the New Black.[3] The band has released four singles, "Shimmy a Go Go",[4] "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.[5]

Short Stack was awarded runner-up of the Oz Artist of the Year 2009, losing the award to Kisschasy.[6]

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.[7] "Sweet December" debuted at number 8 on the ARIA singles chart.

2010–2011: This Is Bat Country[edit]

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".[8] 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.[9]

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."[10]

Their second album, This Is Bat Country, was released on 12 November 2010. "Planets" was included on the album.[11]

The second single that was released from This Is Bat Country is titled "We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey".[8] 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.[12]

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.[13] In November, Short Stack won their second Channel V Oz Artist of the Year Award from Channel V, beating artists such as Bliss n Eso, the John Butler Trio and Amy Meredith.[14]

Also in November, Short Stack went on a meet and greet tour around the country to promote the release of This Is Bat Country.[15] On 14 November, they performed "Planets" and "We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey" on Telethon.[16] The third single from This Is Bat Country, "Heartbreak Made Me a Killer", was released as an EP on 25 March 2011.[17] Short Stack opened for Good Charlotte as part of their Cardiology Tour in Australia in April 2011.[18]

Short Stack toured Australia on their This Is Bat Country tour in July 2011.[citation needed] On 11 May 2011, Diviney appeared on the panel of the ABC game show Spicks and Specks.[19]

2011–2012: "Bang Bang Sexy" and breakup[edit]

Their last single "Bang Bang Sexy" was released on 19 September 2011.[20]

Short Stack were nominated to win Channel V Oz Artist of the Year. They made the top 4 alongside 360, Guy Sebastian and New Empire.[21]

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.[1]

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."[22][23][24] 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

2012–2014: post-breakup[edit]

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.[25] 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.[26] Clemmensen's character, Harry Vass, competes against Sophie Ramsay (Kaiya Jones) during an open mic night.[26]

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.

2014–present: Reformation and Homecoming[edit]

On 13 April 2014, Short Stack announced the band's reunion, and posted about their new single "Television" and two upcoming exclusive shows.[27][28] They also mentioned an upcoming album, titled Homecoming.[29]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS[30]
2009 Stack Is the New Black
  • First studio album
  • Released: 14 August 2009
  • Label: Sunday Morning Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
2010 This Is Bat Country
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 12 November 2010
  • Label: Sunday Morning Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6
2013 Art Vandelay
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 18 October 2013
  • Label: Sunday Morning Records
  • Formats: digital download
N/A N/A N/A
TBA Homecoming[29]
  • Fourth studio album
  • First album following reformation
TBA TBA TBA

Independent albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
2005 One Size Fits All
  • First album
  • Rare; only about 40 copies
  • Producer: Bradie Webb
  • Formats: CD

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart peak positions Album
AUS[31]
2008 "Shimmy a Go Go" 31 Stack Is the New Black
2009 "Princess" 11
"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[32]
"Bang Bang Sexy" 98[33] Art Vandelay
2014 "Television" 47 Homecoming[29]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2008 "Sway, Sway Baby!" Shaun Diviney
"Drop Dead Gorgeous" Dan Reisinger
"Shimmy a Go Go"
2009 "Princess"
"Sway, Sway Baby!" (remake)
"Ladies & Gentlemen"
"Sweet December"
2010 "Planets"
"We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey"
2011 "Heartbreak Made Me a Killer" Benn Jae & Tony Prescott
"Bang Bang Sexy"[34] Dan Reisigner
2012 "S.O.U.L."[35] Andy Clemmensen
2014 "Television"[36] Andy Clemmensen

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Diviney's role Clemmensen's role Webb's role Notes
2005 Blokeman skit N/A Kevin N/A For Comedy Channel.[37]
2007–Present 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

Touring[edit]

Short Stack toured several times, to promote each of their albums, and often held meet-and-greets.

Tours[edit]

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[38]
1 July 2011 30 July 2011 This Is Bat Country Tour[15]

Touring members[edit]

Name Job Years Notes
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–current 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
Simon O'Connor 2011-2012
Ash Neuendorf Lighting Designer 2010 - current
Scott Mullane Front of House Engineer/Tour Manager 2010 - current www.aisle6.com.au

Awards[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[39]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 "Heartbreak Made Me a Killer" (Shaun Diviney) Rock Work of the Year[40] Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 Short Stack Channel V Oz Artist of the Year Won
2009 Nominated
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
2011 Nominated

References[edit]

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