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Shortstack may refer to:

1) A New Zealand based indie-band
2) A Baltimore, MD (USA) based band
3) An Atlanta, GA (USA) based DJ

Shortstack’s roots can be traced back to Allentown, Pennsylvania - a wasteland of a city nestled between the Appalachian coal belt and the remains of Bethlehem Steel. It was here that schoolmates Scott Gursky and Adrian Carroll got into music and cut their teeth on punk rock and hardcore in the local scene around them. The summer when Carroll turned thirteen he was involved in a shooting accident while vacationing in upstate New York, causing permanent injury to his left hand. As a result of these injuries Carroll’s burgeoning guitar studies were limited and certain guitar stylings made impossible.

Fast forward to 1999 when Adrian and Scott, broke and jobless, reunited in a move to a ramshackle house in Washington, D.C. Their loose plan was to get some jobs, maybe play some music, and collectively get settled in the Nation’s Capital. The heyday of hardcore in D.C. had all but gone, yet there were still plenty of shows to see, and Adrian’s ears started searching the radio waves for something different - anything that would speak to him. On one of the hazy, humid D.C. Sunday mornings the country sounds of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and other early country artists and soon songs about rural isolation, love, redemption, and wandering started to fill the house. Adrian strapped on a thumbpick and began to imitate the sounds he heard on the radio, finding that the injuries to his left hand were not as limiting when playing this older style. Scott stripped his drum kit down to the bare essentials of bass drum and snare, and added an old pot from the kitchen, claiming it as his new, ugly, over-sized cowbell.


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  • boooohh

    in spotify, it says that the bandname for this songs is "short stack", which is another band...annoying. hmm....first comment here...

    23 Oct 2009 Reply

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