Big Day Out

Author: Unknown

THE LIVING END

The Orange Stage, 6.15-7.15pm

Having to prove itself on the comeback trail should bode well for these festival veterans. Not only has this trio torn it up and dominated the charts around the globe, but out of the umpteen times I’ve seen it, it’s never disappointed. Who can forget Prisoner Of Society? If even half the old magic is on display, the show should be a real head turner.

State Of Emergency

Author: Unknown

The Living End are on fire. They will be releasing their fourth studio album ‘State of Emergency’ on Saturday Feb 4 with a bonus limited edition DVD titled, ‘How to Make an Album and Influence People. This will also tie in with ‘Wake Up’, the second single to be released from the album on Saturday Feb 18.

ChillOut! had a chat with drummer Andy Strachan to find out more.

What are you up to?
A: We are busy, a few concerts, the album coming out and then Big Day Out – so it is all happening and we can’t complain. We are really happy to do all these things because if no-one cared about us we would be very upset.

How did the concerts go – I have been reading that there were lots of children at your concerts, some 12 years old?
A: We did a tour last year for the From Here On In DVD and we noticed a huge number of young people coming to the show – a whole new fanbase and that is really inspiring. We also did the Coke Live ‘n’ Local tour and that was predominately kids and we feel very blessed that we have this oppirtunity to captrue this new audience. It is great – we go out and play to lots of new faces.

What’s the reson for gaining these young people – apart from your great music?
A:To be honest I don’t know, but I think that a lot of the kids got into the band have passed their cds to their younger freinds and siblings.

Tell me about State Of Emergency
A: We always wanted to record a live album because that is what we do best, so we thought we could bash it out real quick – but working on the songs they took on a life of their own and some of them warranted more time being spent on them. At the then of the day sitting back and listening the album it was the right choice. If we had half-baked them, it would have been dissapointing.

Was there an urgency to finish the album?
A: There was a deadline, but deadlines were meant to be broken. We always have deadlines in the back of our minds but they also resognised what was doing on and knew it was the right path to follow. I think it has been well worth it. Chris often had to rush the vocals and on this one he has really nailed the vocals.

What reaction have you had to the new tracks?
A: Nothing but good – it is really inspiring and we are so happy with this album and there is not a song that we wouldnt like to play live. That was one of the goals from the outset that we wanted to make an album full of songs that we are happy to play live and that feel good to play live. It all just makes us want to get out and play the shows that we have coming up.

What have you got planned now?
A: We have the Big Day Out concerts and when they are over we are off to the US and Japan and then back home to tour with the album.

What do you like about Japan?
A: The people there are just amazing. The first time I went the guys were all saying you will love Japan and I was like – all right, let me see what I think. But from the moment I stepped off the plane I fell in love with the place – the people and the fans at gigs are just so appreciative of what you do – very appreciative – very laid back. It is so different to Australia, it is a culture shock but a good one. There is such a great respect that they have for one another – especially the younger kids to the older people – that is lacking in a lot of countries. Respect goes a long way.

Check the guys out at the Big Day Out on Feb 5.

The Living End @ BDO

Author: P. Sutton

Andy Strachan (drummer) from The Living End was at home with his pal a Golden Retriever named Jaden, who was busy poking her nose around the garden, while her master did the usual series of interviews on the shady verandah. It was ‘Big Day Out Interview Day.’

‘She’s almost human, I think,’ he explains about his furry kid in the garden.

You felt Andy would have been just as comfortable talking about the nosey pooch as much as The Living End.

Quiet on the touring scene at present, The Living End have been hard at work recording their new fourteen track (as yet unnamed) album, due for release late January, early February and Big Day Out punters can look forward to some new tracks.

Recorded over a three and a half week period at Byron Bay, an environment that Andy says was chosen for the ability to ‘psyche out from every day life,’ plus an excellent recording studio on site in Studio 301, meant that the band spent a good deal of time in the Byron sunshine in a Studio that had great sound, good views ‘birds that swooped you if you went outside,’ and happy vibes.

So no tie-dye shirts, freshly squeezed guava juice and early morning surfacings around 10am?
‘Not so much these days.’
So what about tartan tie-dyes?
‘It’s all wrong,’ he mutters.

The guys had just come off ‘Splendour In The Grass’ two days before they went in, so were all pretty charged. Nick their new Producer is all about ‘happy vibes’ in the studio and set about hanging lots of posters and ‘funny looking things’ around the rooms. The ‘Splendour’ charge did not diminish with the fourteen and fifteen hour days the guys put in to get their album ready.

Why such long days?
‘You have a room of such creative people that there are almost endless choices and ideas flowing around and we are the sort of band that listens to every idea so… We would do a take, go into the booth to have a listen, work our that we could improve this part of the song or that part of the song, drop that part… one hour turns into three, three into ten and before you know it, it is two in the morning and everyone is knackered. There were just the four of us in a bubble encasing us from the real world.’
‘We just wanted to get this new album right and if that meant twenty takes of a song, that’s what we did.’

Did you guys loose weight in the process?
‘Probably not because we were drinking a hell of a lot of beer in the process.’
No guest artists?
‘We did have The Hunters And Collectors horn section come in and lay down some stuff on a two or three songs.’

Andy speaks of the forthcoming release as being a very broad album, some slower moments that will surprise a few people. He talks of an improvement in their song writing over previous releases. ‘These are the best songs the band has ever had and this is the strongest album to date. We’re very proud of it.’

No thirty-one, with the rest of the band also around the same age, is there a sense of maturity and reflection that comes with such a long time in the music industry?
‘Definitely, Chris has been writing songs since he was a teenager. He is constantly refining his song writing and as a collective, our input into the songs is a bit more mature.’

Do you guys hang out together when not performing or rehearsing?
‘We drink a lot of beer together. A rehearsal never lasts more than a couple of hours before we are down at the pub having a couple of jugs. I really believe that you can’t play to the best of your ability if you don’t like the other people.’

See the guys on stage at The Big Day Out. 2006 will see them tour at home and in Japan and the U.S.A.

Any final comments?
‘We want to achieve, we want to have the best album of the year, we want people to enjoy our music. It’s all good, I’m very happy.’