1999 - Kerrang

Kerrang

Date: 1999
Author: Mark Griffiths

 

The Living End
The Living End
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Stealing large chunks from Bad Religion, Green Day, The Clash and Sham 69, The Living End are a one-band crime wave. Like fellow Antipodeans Silverchair, however such shameless plagiarism isn't holding them back - as their enormous success in their native country attests. Indeed, with the 'Prisoner Of Society EP', the Melbourne trio had the biggest selling single of '98 in Australia.

It's hard to see them replicating that kind of acclaim over here, though, as it's doubtful they'd even get play-listed on many of our lily-livered radio stations. This is rather a shame as 'The Living End' has its fair share of class tunes. 'Trapped', 'Growing Up' and the aforementioned 'Prisoner Of Society' rattle around your head like the ball-bearing in a spray paint can - all jaunty guitars and huge day-glo choruses.

It's an almost entirely single-paced affair, however, and the longer the album draws on the more predictable it becomes. Let's hope they can pinch a few better ideas in time for album number two.

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