Close to six years since the release of their last studio album (and less than a year since announcing an ill-fated run of shows), pop-punk heroes Short Stack have announced their signing to UNFD, releasing new single “Burn You Down” to celebrate.
Having first formed in 2005, Short Stack quickly rose through the ranks of Australia’s pop-punk scene, performing relentlessly, and eventually going on to be named Channel V Oz Artist of the Year for 2008 prior to the release of their debut album, and once again in 2010.
Debuting at #1 with Stack is the New Black, the group followed it up with 2010’s This is Bat Country which, while still charting at #6, featured more of a rock-based approach to their sound. Unfortunately, this would be their last release for a few years, with the band releasing their third record one year after their split in 2012.
While a brief reformation in 2014 resulted in another album and live shows, Short Stack called it quits once again in early 2016, remaining relatively quiet until earlier this week, when they began to tease another return.
In early 2020, the group announced their first national tour in five years, though their planned run of shows was swiftly derailed thanks to the effects of COVID-19. Now, one year on, the group have entered a new period of their reactivation, with their first new single since 2015 arriving alongside their signing to UNFD.
“I’ve always admired Short Stack for their ability to build such a loyal and enthusiastic fanbase, and for how unapologetic they were in doing so,” explained UNFD General Manager Luke Logemann in a statement. “That’s always been the ethos of UNFD as a label and our bands, to care about the music and the fans first and approval last.
“I saw them play Festival Hall over ten years ago, and I remember being overwhelmed by how passionately the fans sang every word back at them. They wrote huge bangers that you could never get out of your head, even if some people didn’t want to admit it. The best thing is, all of that still rings true – they still have crazy fans, they still sell out venues and they still write huge bangers. Based on how good the new material is, I reckon they’ll be doing this long into the future as well.”
That future has officially begun today, with Short Stack sharing “Burn You Down” – the result of the group reforming, composing new music together, and ultimately claiming their “chance to be the band we’ve always wanted to be”.
“‘Burn You Down’ is about the duality of being young and feeling both indestructible and fragile at the same time,” explained vocalist Shaun Diviney. “I don’t think the world needs another happy pop song at the moment, because I don’t think the world is a happy place at the moment.
“This song comes from a place of anger and destruction, about wanting to tear something down and begin again.”
While Short Stack have rescheduled their 2020 Australian tour for April of this year, the band are also set to launch their new single with a special one-off show at Sydney’s Crowbar on Thursday, March 4th. Supported by RedHook, tickets to the show are on sale from noon today, with details available below.
Short Stack’s “Burn You Down” is out now via UNFD.
Short Stack 2021 Tour Dates
‘Burn You Down’ Release Show
Thursday, March 4th
(With special guests Redhook)
Crowbar, Sydney, NSW
Tickets on sale from 12pm AEDT Tuesday, March 2nd
2021 Australian Headline Tour
With special guests Between You & Me
Thursday, April 1st
Fiction Club, Canberra, ACT (18+)
Saturday, April 3rd
The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW (18+)
Thursday, April 8th (Sold Out)
The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, April 10th
Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday, April 14th (Sold Out)
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD (18+) Thursday, April 15th (Sold Out)
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD Friday, April 16th (Sold Out)
Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW (18+) Saturday, April 17th (Sold Out)
Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW Friday, April 23rd (Sold Out)
170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC (18+) Saturday, April 24th (Sold Out)
The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC (18+)