Fourth Floor Collapse

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Fourth Floor Collapse
Fourth Floor Collapse
Background information
Origin Perth, Australia
Genres Rock
Indie rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Creative Vibes
Website Official website
Members Jesse Delaney
Dan Forrestal
Rhys Kealley
Michael Miller
Michael Parker
Past members see members list below

Fourth Floor Collapse is a Melbourne-based rock band.


Fourth Floor Collapse originated in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, playing their first show at the Rosemount Hotel in 1998.[1]

Michael and Rhys actually met at play group way back when and I met Michael at high school. I was in half a band and we were looking for a singer and Michael and Rhys were kind of half a band and needed a bass player. We got together and went from there. We lived a suburb apart – it just seemed logical that we get together

— Dan Forrestal[2]

They became the most awarded unsigned band in Australia,[3] taking out the Next Big Thing Competition in 1999 and winning ten Western Australian Music Industry Awards,[4] including Most Popular Local Original Rock Act (2002).[5] The band released its debut recording Plans for Dream Homes in 2000 on the QStik Records label and its debut album, Half Deserted Streets in 2001 on Congregation Records.

In 2003 Fourth Floor Collapse released its second album, From the Cold, for which it received extensive airplay on Triple J and public radio around the country,[6] with tracks such as "Made Believe", "Sun", and "Stories Unglued".

Frustrated by the isolation of Perth the three main songwriters, Dan Forrestal, Rhys Kealley and Michael Miller relocated to Melbourne in 2005[6] adding bass player, Jesse Delaney and drummer Michael Parker.[7]

We'd seen a lot of bands who'd left Perth, and disappeared. It scared the hell out of us, but we got to the point where we had to do something to move forward. If we could stay in WA then we would but we can't afford it - especially touring. We would get over to the east two or three times every year, and whatever buzz we could generate would dissipate before we could capitalise on it.

— Dan Forrestal[7]

The group signed to Creative Vibes [6] with whom they recorded and released their third album Books with Broken Spines in 2006. Singles released from this album were, "Drink 'til You Drown", "Occupation" and "Ashes".[8] The release was followed by heavy touring by the band and by the beginning of 2008 they had clocked up over 250 shows.[7] They commenced recording their fourth album in early 2008.

We began work on this album at the beginning of the year. It has been two years since our last release, and two years seems like a long time to me. If I could, I would get stuff out every year.

— Dan Forrestal[7]

The album, Victoria, was recorded in Melbourne; mixed in Perth by Andy Lawson (Little Birdy, Eskimo Joe & End of Fashion) and Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe); and mastered in Sydney, it was released on 13 October 2008.

We feel like an exile band, a Western Australian band in Victoria

— Dan Forrestal[7]


  • "Worn Out" featured on the Gotye remix/cover compilation nominated for Best Album at the 2007 ARIA awards.[9][10]
  • Books with Broken Spines nominated in top 25 of the 2006 Australian Music Prize[6]
  • 10 West Australian Music Awards,[4] including Most Popular Original Rock Act, Most Popular Local Recorded Release and Most Popular Band Website'(2001) [11] 'Most Popular Local Original Rock Act' (2002)[5]
  • WAM Song of the Year Pop category (2001) [12]
  • Next Big Thing (1999)[4][13]


  • Nigel Bird — drums (??)
  • Jesse Delaney — bass (2005–present)
  • Dan Forrestal — guitar, mandolin, piano, vocals (1998–present)
  • Nathan Gaunt — bass (2003)
  • Rhys Kealley — guitar, piano, melodica, vocals (1998–present)
  • Russell Loasby — drums (2004)[14]
  • Trent McKenzie — bass (2006)
  • Leigh Miller — bass (2003–2004)
  • Michael Miller — lead vocal, acoustic guitar, piano (1998–present)
  • Scott Mesiti — bass (2005)
  • Scott O'Donoghue — bass, keyboards (1998–2003)
  • Michael Parker — drums (2005–present)
  • Sean Pollard — bass (2004)
  • Mike Rouse — drums (1998–2004)
  • Anto Smyth — drums (2004)



  • Half Deserted Streets (May 2001, Congregation Records/MGM Distribution)
  • From the Cold (October 2003, Congregation Records/MGM Distribution)
  • Books with Broken Spines (January 2006, Creative Vibes)
  • Victoria (October 2008, Creative Vibes)


  • Plans for Dream Homes (March 2000, QStik Records/MGM Distribution)
  • Godspeed (November 2004, Congregation Records)


  • "Made Believe" (2001)
  • "One Last Arrow" (2001)
  • "Sun" (February 2003, Congregation Records / MGM Distribution)
  • "Night Under Lights" (2003, Congregation Records / MGM Distribution)
  • "Stories Unglued" (February 2004, Congregation Records / MGM Distribution)
  • "Drink 'til you Drown" (January 2006, Creative Vibes)
  • "Occupation" (June 2006, Creative Vibes)
  • "Ashes" (November 2006, Creative Vibes )


  1. ^ "Featured Artist : Fourth Floor Collapse". b 26 October 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Raising the roof with Fourth Floor Collapse". 8 March 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  3. ^ Young, Kane (4 November 2004). "Collapsing upwards among the fans". Hobart Mercury. p. 33. 
  4. ^ a b c "WAM Band Profiles: Fourth Floor Collapse". Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Kiss my WAMi 2002". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Evocative sounds of Collapse". Hobart Mercury. 19 April 2007. p. 30. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Baker, Geoff (30 October 2008). "Four to the floor". Drum Media. p. 24. Archived from the original on 3 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  8. ^ "New Australian releases - September 2006". ARIA. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  9. ^ "2007 Aria Awards nominees and artisan winners". The West Australian. 19 September 2007. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  10. ^ "Polaroids of Androids Review: Gotye > Mixed Blood". Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  11. ^ APRAP December 2001 page 22
  12. ^ Previous Winner Profiles
  13. ^ "Next Big Thing finals hits fever pitch!". Health Department of WA. 13 July 2007. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  14. ^ [1]

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