Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats play troubadour rock 'n' roll, a flavour of music birthed in the musical mecca of Melbourne, Australia and unique to the group. Sensibilities gleaned from years of playing early American music collide with the big band sound of New Orleans and the verbose, cynical and often whimsical lyrics of frontman Stan Woodhouse.
The musical climate in Melbourne with its myriad bars and venues has locked Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats into a relentless gigging schedule across the city. "Tall Stories" their debut EP is the result of hours on stage, slashing away at their guitars, hooting and howling and keeping crowds up on their feet and moving.
Named after the council housing that dominates that Melbourne skyline, the Commission Flats were originally a dirty, foot to the floor blues band. In 2011 Skyscraper Stan disbanded the group and embarked on a musical odyssey across America, eventually washing up in New Orleans. Upon his return the group was reassembled and his recent experiences of Louisiana music changed the band's sound entirely. More change was brought about by the addition of Stan's cousin Oskar Herbig whose audacious guitar lines conjure up comparisons to Robbie Robertson and Marc Ribot. Gemma Sharard, a member of the original line-up rejoined the group and blew sound systems across Melbourne with her explosive voice; something between Lucinda Williams, Otis Redding and a hand grenade. Along with the powerhouse rhythm section that is Christian Williams (drums) and Jimmy Coelli (bass), Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats are joined on stage and in the studio by an ever increasing cast of musicians.
One reviewer claims Skyscraper Stan sounds like "Wet cement channelling Nick Cave". Another says "Damn, these guys can punch out a catchy chorus with some clever lines"
The general consensus: "Their sound is unique, which doesn't mean anything unless its good. And it is".