Diviney fans along on solo ride
HAUN Diviney jokes that his new musical incarnation is less than six degrees of separation from INXS.
The former Short Stack frontman now has the tousled curls of Michael Hutchence and borrowed their funkified rock playbook for his debut solo single, You’re So Cool.
Oh, and there’s the less tenuous link the new band’s drummer, Gold Coast musician Tim Commandeur, whose partner is April Rose Pengilly, daughter of INXS’s guitarist Kirk. ‘‘All roads lead to INXS,’’ Diviney says. ‘‘I first met Tim four years ago at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice awards and we had a big night out on the piss.’’
The young Australian pop rocker enlisted Operator Please drummer Commandeur and a couple of other musical mates to flesh out his solo venture which will operate under his surname. One-word monikers remain so cool. Diviney called it quits on Short Stack in July. ‘‘We weren’t getting along anymore and it stopped being fun,’’ he says.
‘‘We would have a fight, a punch-up and then a couple of beers after every gig.
‘‘When we decided to call it quits, we’d just got off the biggest tour we had ever done. Everyone around us freaked out – we were making heaps of people heaps of money. And it’s not really about money, as cheesy as that sounds.’’
Short Stack had thousands of fans engaged on social media when they split. More than 30,000 have migrated to Diviney’s Facebook page.
The You’re So Cool video has had close to 50,000 views since the singer uploaded it in July.
While the single hasn’t set the conventional airwaves alight yet, Diviney is buoyed by the early online support he has enjoyed considering the music history books are littered with cautionary tales of failed frontman solo ventures.
‘‘I think there were two camps of Short Stack fans – the ones who were there because they found us in magazines and the others who got into us after they came to a show and got into the music.
‘‘I am growing up, the fans are too, and all of a sudden your parents’ record collection seems cool. I hoped some of them would come along with the solo stuff but I was super nervous.’’
Diviney (all ages) play The Old Museum, in Brisbane, on January 5.
Former Short Stack singer Shaun Diviney