Michael Sheridan (musician)

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Michael Sheridan
Also known as Scaleshack
Born ca. 1960
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1975–present

Michael Sheridan (born Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian jazz, punk and noise guitarist who sometimes performs as Scaleshack and has been a member of several bands since 1975 including No (1987–1989) with Ollie Olsen and Marie Hoy, which were described as "One of Australias most compelling stage acts incorporating speed metal, hip hop and electro funk".[1] In 1989 he followed Olsen to join Max Q with Michael Hutchence of INXS on vocals.[2]


Michael Sheridan was born and raised in the Melbourne. In the seventies, whilst still at secondary school, he became fascinated by the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix and others. He has been a member of several bands since 1975.[3][4] Sheridan moved to Sydney to further his interest in improvised music. In 1982 he formed a jazz, punk outfit, Great White Noise, soon followed by an improvisation group, Slaughter House 3, with Jon Rose and John Gillies. By the mid-1980s Sheridan had moved back to Melbourne and formed Trans Waste with keyboardist, Jamie Fielding. He also played in Whaddya Want? with David Chesworth.

In 1987 Sheridan, on lead guitar, formed an electro-punk band, No, with Marie Hoy on keyboards and samples, Kevin McMahon on bass guitar and Ollie Olsen on vocals, samples and keyboards.[5] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described them as "the ultimate crossover act due to its confrontational fusion of hardcore energy, abrasive heavy metal guitar riffs, electro-funk beats and acid-house grooves."[5] Sheridan and Olsen also work with Michael Hutchence (of INXS) in Max Q (1989–90).[6][7][8] While still a member of No, Sheridan formed Dumb and the Ugly (1987–93) with John Murphy on drums and synthesisers (ex-the Wreckery) and David Brown on bass guitar and guitar.[5]

In 1990 Sheridan released a solo CD, Scaleshack, utilising sampling and dub techniques. Soon after he joined Peril, with Tony Buck, Otomo Yoshihide, and Kato Hideki.[5] From 1991 to 1993 he was also a member of RAW with Barry Deenik on bass guitar, Ross Wilson on lead vocals (ex-Mondo Rock) and Craig Waugh on drums (ex-Uncanny X-Men).[9][10] McFarlane observed that they "played an aggressive blend of rock and funk but, aside from building up a strong cult following on the Australian pub circuit, the band did not issue any recordings before breaking up."[9]

Sheridan's next solo CD, Digital Jamming, was released in 1996. Sheridan also studied and completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium 2000, and qualified as a teacher and composer. In March 2012 a quartet with Sheridan on 7-string guitar, Chris Abrahams on piano, John Gillies on percussion and Jon Rose on violin performed and recorded Improvisation at People's Republic in Sydney.[11]



Michael Sheridan solo
  • Post Transwaste '85 (1985, cassette limited release)
  • Scaleshack (1990, ZWR 001)
  • Digital Jamming (1997, Black Hole Records)


  1. ^ Spencer et al (2007), "No" entry.
  2. ^ Spencer et al (2007), "Max Q" entry
  3. ^ Spencer et al (2007), "Sheridan, Michael" entry.
  4. ^ Spencer et al (2007), "SHERIDAN, Michael" entry.
  5. ^ a b c d McFarlane, 'Ollie Olsen' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ McFarlane, 'Max Q' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  7. ^ McFarlane, 'INXS' entry. Archived from the original on 30 September 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  8. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Shaw, Julian. "Max Q". hem2.passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 12 November 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b McFarlane, 'Ross Wilson' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  10. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan. "Ross Wilson". hem2.passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 15 October 2003. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Gillies, JD; Rose, J; Abrahams, C; Sheridan, M (17 March 2012), Improvisation, retrieved 20 June 2017 
  12. ^ "Who's Who of Australian Rock / Compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 20 June 2017.