Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Boys from Budgewoi Are Back the Stack Is Back; Short Stack Set to Perform in Grafton Shoppingworld

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Boys from Budgewoi Are Back the Stack Is Back; Short Stack Set to Perform in Grafton Shoppingworld

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Byline: Ana Vlastaras ana.vlastaras@dailyexaminer.com.au

SHORT Stack is back and possibly bigger than ever.

What is possibly even better, though, is the three-piece glam punk band from Newcastle is making its way to Grafton as part of a string of in-store signings. The trio will perform on Monday in Grafton Shoppingworld, and it is set to be huge.

After first forming in 2005 while they were still at school, Shaun Diviney (guitar and lead vocals), Andy Clemmensen (bass and vocals) and Bradie Webb (drums) rose to fame thanks to social media, and got a cult following to boot.

Using the combined powers of SMS, YouTube and MySpace, Short Stack has amassed a massive following that's growing by the second. This isn't some cynical marketing ploy, either. The band has driven its online explosion with constant updates, ongoing interaction with the fans and a raw look at life with Short Stack in their own reality series, Short Stack TV.

"The main idea with Short Stack TV is that we saw all these terrible reality TV shows and thought a[approximately]hey, we can do that',a Andy said.

"So we got a camera and filmed ourselves d...ing around and put it on YouTube and

people started to enjoy it. It makes us more real to our fans."

But what about the music? After all, you can't have a band a and fans a without tunes. On their first two singles, Shimmy A Go Go and Princess, Short Stack established themselves as Australia's most energetic new rock band with a sound that mashes elements from punk, glam and electro, delivered with a cheeky attitude.

It's that attitude that brought the band together when they were just three high school students with a passion for causing mayhem on the train trip from their home town of Budgewoi to their high school in Broadmeadow, Newcastle. It's that same attitude that, in 2005, prompted them to enter the Youthrock band comp in Sydney, despite not being that great.

"We thought we could do it," Shaun said. "We thought we were the best band in the world ... and we weren't."

It didn't matter. The experience was enough to kick the guys into action and the following year they made the finals. …

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