SKYSCRAPER STAN performs the song "I FELL OVER" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY AL PARKINSON
Is it a broomstick? Is it a lamppost? By God, it’s Skyscraper Stan! All ribs and fingers, Stan is one of the flood from across the ditch. After a brief run in with school and limited success with women he picked up a guitar and discovered the only thing he was really any good at was writing songs. Days before his 21st birthday he moved to Melbourne from his native Auckland and set about serenading anyone who would listen. At first that was no one. He built a band and hit the pub circuit, flogging that dead horse until Melbourne with all its volume drove him off on a musical odyssey of the Southern USA. He drifted around for a year eventually washing up in Mexico, broke (again) and hungry. Melbourne was calling and this time he was ready.
Upon arriving back he assembled a band, bigger and better this time. The new group was dubbed the Commission Flats, for the council housing that dominates Melbourne’s skyline. The gigs flooded in and the group quickly gained a reputation for their dynamic live show. Richard Wise and Martin Schilov make up the rock solid rhythm section, chugging along under the cheeky and often jaw dropping guitar work of Stan’s younger cousin Oskar Herbig. The Sharard sisters, Gemma and Lia, provide sultry oohs and aahs and hmmms and haaaahs and occasionally sing lead in duets with Stan who picks at his old guitar and “…dances like a drowning huntsman…”
In October 2013 they released an EP “Tall Stories” which enjoyed five weeks on the AMRAP NOW charts, hitting a high of No. 3 for 2 consecutive weeks. They now have plans for a ten-track album, due out in August 2014.
The energy is magnificent: Stan jumps across stage, he howls, he gestures with his hands to add emphasis to the story he is laying out before you.
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