On Saturday night Short Stack took to the stage of The Metro Theatre for their home town show of their ‘Homecoming Tour’. The trio, which disbanded in 2012 reformed in 2014 with their hit single ‘Television’. The three Sydney boys have been touring their third record, 2015’s ‘Homecoming’. The record saw a more unified collaborative process between the boys by composing and arranging together. The record is raw rock & roll, comparable to the Arctic Monkeys or Aussie band Jet, but with a fresh take.
This was the second last show of the tour, and the band had every intention of pulling out all the stops, in an effort to make the show something fans would remember. Short Stack are known to give local up and coming bands a platform by including talented artists on their tours. This time around, a mammoth five bands supported Short Stack.
The first to open the night was Gympie’s Red Beard. The band, who have received recognition on platforms such as Triple J and Channel V, played tracks off their debut EP ‘Enigma’, comparable to songs from early You Me At Six’s tracks. Between Red Beard and the band who followed, the crowd full of teens and young adults chanted along to ‘Teenagers’ by My Chemical Romance almost as if it was their unofficial anthem.
Next up was Melbourne Pop Rockers Move On, Be Strong. The band of four brought high-energy-fun to the stage, sending fans into a frenzy. Playing songs from their 2014 and 2015 E.P’s ‘Midnight’ and ‘Take Time’, the band also covered The Wombats. After a short set, Day Break took to the stage. The Adelaide independent band have toured the country seven times, and released their first E.P last year.
They cite Blink 182, Mayday Parade, Coldplay and The Frey as a few of their influences, but like to bring their own flare to their music. Their high energy set included a cover of The Killers classic, ‘Mr Brightside’, with an array of originals, great interaction with fans, who were sent wild when lead singer Marcus Passey jumped into the crowd. Something that would be repeated by many throughout the night.
Young Lion’s have supported the likes of Silverstein and Dream On Dreamer and have two records under their belt, including ‘Blue Isla’, released last year. They exploded onto The Metro Theatre’s stage to the roar of fans, proceeding to bust out some great tracks. Their stage presence was infectious with lead singer Zach Britt interacting with fans, talking to them, jumping in to the crowd and instructing fans to introduce themselves if they see the band members in the crowd after their set. The fans erupted when Britt asked them to be a part of their next record, recording them chanting to feature on an upcoming track.
The Brisbane lads kept the crowd entertained and wanting more music, going so far as to urge Britt to strip after having taken off his jacket. Storm The Sky followed with lead singer William Jarratt saying their last few Sydney show’s could’ve gone better and they were excited to be back in Sydney to play. The Melbourne band played tracks from their 2015 debut record ‘Permanence’. They continued to hype the crowd up as fans eagerly waited for the main act.
In between the opening acts and the headliners, fans waited in anticipation, with speakers playing the unforgettable tracks of the late pop legend, David Bowie. Hits like ‘Changes’, ‘Starman’ and the classic ‘Life On Mars’ played to a receptive crowd.
The lights went down and the fans started screaming. Drummer Bradie Webb ran on stage followed by touring member Luke Lukess, bassist Andy Clemmensen and lead vocalist/guitarist Shaun Diviney, flashing a cheeky smile. Short Stack were in the house. The band kicked off their set with the title track off their third album, ‘Homecoming’. Diviney thanked the fans for coming, before launching into hits like ‘Shimmy A Go Go’ with a hint of a personal favourite, ‘Heartbreak Made Me A Killer’.
A stand out moment included Clemmensen taking to the mic to perform ‘The Back of my Head’, jumping into the crowd and passing the mic to fans who were screaming, crying and ecstatic to be a part of this moment. The band are always playful and energetic on stage, making jokes, interacting with each other like Diviney playfully kicking Clemmensen in the behind during ‘The Back of my Head’. Diviney asked the audience to do something special and join in on singing Happy Birthday to one of their crew members, bringing him on stage to celebrate.
They then launched back into their set, playing a new standout track ‘Elvis’ and ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ from their debut record ‘Stack is The New Black’. In between, Diviney told fans he was given a limit of two times he was able to curse tonight and he was using the first in that moment. He also informed fans this would be their last tour for a long time. While this can be seen as upsetting news to Stack fans, it could mean the possibility of more studio time and new music? Here’s hoping!
Fan favourite ‘Werewolves’ got the crowd nostalgic, followed by ‘Princess’, keeping up the high energy of the night with fans hitting every beat. Diviney thanked their five support acts for embarking on this three week tour with them around the country before launching into their comeback single ‘Television’. The band played through tracks from all three of their records including ‘Gravity’, ‘Planets’, everyone’s favourite ‘Sweet December’ and ‘We Dance To A Different Disco, Honey’ with fan’s chanting “This ain’t no god damn disco”.
Another fan favourite was the band’s latest single, ‘Amy’, which some fans said was their favourite song of the night and that it was the best they’ve seen the boys perform it. Webb proved his drum skills with a massive solo that sent fans crazy. He’s definitely one of the best drummers I’ve ever seen live. Unfortunately all good things come to an end, and Short Stack ended it where it began with their third single from their debut album, one of their biggest hits, ‘Sway, Sway Baby!’ The Metro Theatre was roaring with the screams of Stack fans singing and dancing along as Diviney leaped off stage and into the mosh pit.
Fans were treated to a night of great live music from Short Stack as well as their support acts. The night finished on a high leaving fans with a rush and wanting more. It just goes to show, the impact Australian artists have in the landscape of music. You truly feel like you’re part of something great, unique and something that adds to the universe itself. This tour marks the last time touring member Luke Lukess will perform with the band, making this tour a special one.
If you haven’t seen Stack live I highly recommend it, from what we’ve been told though if you don’t make it this time around, you’ll have to wait. It’ll be worth it though. This was my third time seeing the band live, and one thing I can guarantee, is they’re one of the best live acts to come out of Australia and by musical standards they’re up there with the greats. The tour wraps this Saturday (February 6th 2015) in Brisbane with limited tickets still available.
– Review and images, Any Other Day Photography
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