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Biography

  • Years Active

    1998 – present (19 years)

Dan Forrestal – guitar, mandolin, piano, vocals
Rhys Kealley – guitar, piano, melodica, vocals
Michael Miller – lead vocal, acoustic guitar, piano
Mick Parker – drums
Jesse Delaney – bass

Fourth Floor Collapse’s album Books with Broken Spines was in the official top 25 in the Australian Music Prize 2006. They have finished recording their new album, Victoria, due for release on 13 October 2008.

Originally from Perth, Fourth Floor Collapse shifted across the country to Melbourne in 2005 to give them opportunity to play their music to more people, more often.

Like the band, their music is evocative, emotional and complex. However, it still remains accessible while maintaining a depth that will keep you discovering its intricacies for years to come.

Their music is honest – they feel it, they play it and sometimes they feel good, and sometimes they feel bad but they’re always honest. It’s music that doesn’t waste your time and doesn’t take the listener for granted at any stage.

To date, the band has received extensive national airplay with tracks such as Made Believe, Sun, Stories Unglued, and Night Under Lights from their first two albums and Drink til You Drown and Occupation off this latest release. They regularly tour Australia and have supported international acts such as The Tea Party, Badly Drawn Boy, Counting Crows, Teenage Fanclub and Turin Brakes.

The tale of Fourth Floor Collapse began in the suburbs of Perth as far back as playgroup when Michael and Rhys first met in a sandpit. Dan was living only a suburb away, honing his guitar playing skills on his wooden ruler, before finally finding himself at the same high school as Michael. And so, a group of teenage boys with guitars, a garage and a need for an outlet for their songwriting talents came together and created what eventually became Fourth Floor Collapse in 1998.

Songwriting for the band is a democratic process as Dan, Rhys or Michael will bring in a song in basic form and the band will work on it as a whole. By looking at the world around them they can be inspired by friends, films, books, music, people, emotion, and even happy accidents to create music that turns raw emotion into richly layered songs.

Some of the characters may have changed as the story has unfolded but Michael, Dan and Rhys have remained constant. Now these ex-Perth boys are citizens of the world and have been joined on their travels by drummer, Mick Parker and bassist, Jesse Delaney.

‘FFC's dramatic rock, with its flaunting of high emotion, thickly piled-on sounds and theatrical flashes, is in its moment.’ – Sydney Morning Herald/The Age
‘Refreshingly trend-free, these songs are epic pop. A confident and ambitious musical statement.’ - The Daily Telegraph
‘Books with Broken Spines is just right…’ – Rolling Stone
‘… this is a band that could worm their way into the consciousness of music fans across the world. Top notch.’ - Inpress

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