Diviney fans along on solo ride

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT’S ON -

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

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