Stealing O'Neal

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Stealing O'Neal
Stealing O'Neal supporting All Time Low at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, June 2009.
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Rock[1]
Pop rock[2]
Pop punk[3]
Years active 2004–2011
Labels Shock records (2010-present) BNM Records (2007-2009)
Taperjean Records (2007)
Website Official Website
Members Chris Scott
Jack Tosi
Tim O'Keefe
Tom Fleming
Ryan D'Sylva

Stealing O'Neal (commonly referred to as SO'N) is an Australian pop rock band from Melbourne, Victoria, formed in 2004. The band comprises vocalist Chris Scott, guitarist and backing vocalist Jack Tosi, bassist Tom Fleming, guitarist Tim O'Keefe and drummer Ryan D'Sylva. They have made a name for themselves with live performances alongside well-known Australian acts Something with Numbers, The Hot Lies and The Getaway Plan, as well as international acts New Found Glory, Boys Night Out, All Time Low and The Audition as well as playing as the Melbourne local act at Soundwave 2009.[1] In September 2011, the band announced a series of finale shows which will close their career as a band.


The band was formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. Their first demos were self-released in 2006, including the song "Arctic Dancefloor", an acoustic cover of the Arctic Monkeys song "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", from their album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. In 2007, the group signed with Melodic Music Management and Sydney-based independent label Taperjean Records to release their debut EP, Spin for Me, featuring five new tracks.[1] Stealing O'Neal spent five days recording the EP with music engineer Matt Darcy (Angelas Dish), with the record being mixed by Johnothan Burnside (The Sleepy Jackson).[4] The EP gained significant independent success, hitting the Australian Independent Records (AIR) charts at number four and the Australian ARIA singles chart at number six.[1] The reissue nearly a year later peaked at number two on the AIR Charts.[1] Upon release of their first EP, Stealing O'Neal's style was described as "Saves the Day meets Placebo".[2]

Stealing O'Neal signed to Melbourne Independent label BNM Records in early 2008, the label is also responsible for up and coming Australian indie pop band Angelas Dish. The band's second EP was released on 7 June 2008, entitled Collidescope. It was recorded and produced by Luke Gerard-Webb, who is known for work with The Angels, Faker and Kisschasy. Their second release saw the band at an average age of just 21.[1] Collidescope debuted at number 20 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart and number 86 on the Singles chart.[5]

In early 2009, Stealing O'Neal were one of two local bands selected to play at the Melbourne leg of the Soundwave festival. In June, they were taken on a national tour with American bands All Time Low and Set Your Goals. In October 2009, Stealing O'Neal supported American band The Ataris on their Australian tour. Then throughout March 2010, Stealing O'Neal was the supporting band for The Used on their tour to promote the album Artwork.

On 24 September, Stealing O'Neal supported The Getaway Plan at their Revival in support of To Write Love on Her Arms.

The band's debut album is titled Don't Sleep, and was released on 8 October 2010. It was mixed in the UK by Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral for a Friend, Glassjaw, Motörhead).

Stealing O'Neal has recently embarked on a headline tour for the release of their album. The Don't Sleep tour played Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

The band announced their break-up in September 2011 with finale shows scheduled to take place later on.


Current members[edit]

  • Chris Scott - Vocals
  • Jack Tosi - Guitar, vocals, keys
  • Tim O'Keefe - Guitar, vocals
  • Tom Fleming - Bass
  • Ryan D'Sylva - Drums
  • Jordan L'Estrange - Vocals

Past members[edit]

  • James Moro - Drums
  • Nigel Randall - Bass
  • Lachlan Scott - Triangle
  • Andrew "Spoons" Wotherspoon - Spoons



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Artist Profile: Stealing O'Neal". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Stealing O'Neal at Faster Louder". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Stealing O'Neal". Triple J Unearthed. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Band Info: Stealing O'Neal". Modern Music. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Australian Chartifacts - 16th June 2008". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 

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