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The Rock-itt : October 2009
As I drove up into the car park at the Mall, I knew something was happening there as I drove around and around to find a place to park. When I walked around the corner to the Centre Stage area, I was taken aback by the sight of the hundreds of fans gathered, packed in and waiting to see their favourite band appear live before them. This was to be Short Stack's first ever acoustic set (unplugged). Short Stack are three teenagers from Budgewoi, NSW, who whilst at school formed a band and created a myspace page 5 years ago, which today boasts over 4 million plays. Their debut single Shimmy A Go Go was filmed on a mobile phone and released online. Using the combined powers of SMS, YouTube and MySpace and creating their own on- line reality series, Short Stack TV, Short Stack currently hold the enviable title of Australia's biggest band on YouTube. Their recently released debut album Stack Is the New Black, made it to Number 1 on the aria charts. The Band recalls that in-between HSC exams and gigs supporting the likes of Simple Plan and Good Charlotte, that they were also working on songs for their debut album. Their energetic music mashes elements from punk, glam and electro. You can learn more about this band at www.myspace.com/shortstackba nd To continue the story... .. Whilst they all waited patiently for Shaun, Bradie and Andy to appear, the band's album was being played through the PA with hundreds of voices chanting along with the songs they all seemed to know so well. It was actually really rather sweet. It took me back many years to my own youth and the passion of seeing my favourite band live before my eyes. As I stood there side of stage ready and waiting to take photos of the guys as they approached, there was a rush of squeals and screaming and I turned ready to take a photo as obviously they must be approaching. . . . but no, no one was coming yet. So I turned back around to observe the mass of fans still waiting, still singing loudly and also still bursting out in sudden screaming which made me once again turn around ready to take a photo of the guys approaching, and once again no one was coming. I laughed to myself and thought, "I wish they would stop doing that!" I asked Geoff (owner of Mall Music) what had caused that last burst of screams, and he replied, "that was just Kev the sound man walking across the stage to check some microphone connections". It seemed the thrilled fans were enthusiastically screaming at any sign of movement on or around the stage area. Again, Short Stack Pack the Mall Warringah Mall amphitheatre (Saturday 12th Sept, 2009) Review and photos by Brenda Joy Nimwegen and DaveTozer.com.au