The first born child of a novelist and a documentary editor, “Skyscraper” Stan Woodhouse was raised with an innate appreciation for language. Although he had been writing poetry and fiction from a young age, it wasn’t until his mid teens that he first turned his attention to songwriting. Working nights at a basement venue in his hometown, Stan found himself thrust into the limelight after the proprietor heard him singing over a mop bucket. The next year and a half was spent bouncing between the bar and the stage by night and sleeping in University lecture halls by day.
Just shy of his 21st Birthday Stan relocated to Melbourne under the pretence of completing his zoology degree. Which he did, halfheartedly, and all the while moonlighting as a troubadour. The expansive emptiness of Australia has served as a great inspiration to Stan’s songwriting. His autobiographical and observational lyricism seems to belie his relative youth. Most at home on the Hume Highway or any of the other tarmac ribbons criss crossing the country, Stan tours extensively both solo and with is band. He has appeared with Diesel, The Church, James Reyne, Ian Moss and many more.
Stan’s younger cousin Oskar Herbig is a regular tour mate and a starring member of the Commission Flats. A full band performance from Stan and the Flats is essentially co-fronted by Oskar and his black Gretsch DuoJet. The engine room of the band is liable to change from time to time but the two lanky gents from New Zealand will be found up front without fail, both consummate performers with an onstage chemistry that leaves the audience feeling as much a part of the performance as the band.
Skyscraper Stan’s debut album Last Year’s Tune was released in March 2015. A solo acoustic record “Live at Some Velvet Morning” was released in April 2016.
“Skyscraper Stan Woodhouse is a revelation” – The Age
“A towering and compelling figure with an allure that could rival Nick Cave” – SomethingYouSaid.com
” In half an hour, Skyscraper Stan stole the evening, his songs complex and engaging” – 13th Floor