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It only takes a few seconds for Planets -- the first single off Short Stack's white-hot second album to prove the breakout success of 2009's Stack Is The New Black wasn't a flash in the skinny-pants pan. Ominous makes way for anthemic, brooding melds with bravado, and the world is a better place for three and a half minutes. The Stack are back -- bigger, better and more confident than ever.
"Planets was the little track that could," laughs singer, guitarist and songwriter Shaun Diviney. "We have this mature, sexy new sound coming through, and can't wait to show it off."
Mixing electro quirks and choral harmonies with a disco edge and their ever-present rock swagger, pop salvation never sounded so invigorating. The scene is undeniably set for another chart-blitzing effort when their second album drops in November.
"It's still definitely very us," Shaun says of the impending release. "It's still aggressive but it's controlled. With Planets, I wanted to do this whole Queen thing with layers and choir harmonies. I really dig that sound but I don't think anyone else is doing it at the moment."
It's an understatement to say Short Stack -- Shaun, Andy Clemmensen (bass) and Bradie Webb (drums) -- have come a long way since forming on the NSW Central Coast in 2005. Undeniably the biggest online band in the country, they have developed a legion of dedicated fans, touring nonstop from 2007 with major supports and then building and exploding with national headline sell out tours in 2009 and 2010. Selling out the Sydney Opera House is one thing, but having your debut album land in the ARIA charts at number-one on the way to going gold takes things to a whole other level. As Shaun says, "Not many artists in Australia can say that. It's something we're really proud of, and a personal milestone."
But after taking the cliched "second album" pressure in their stride, the guys have a lot of milestones on the way. Believe the hype and get on board, because the Short Stack juggernaut is about to switch into overdrive -- again!