State Of Emergency
For their latest album, The Living End adopt the urgency of the record’s title. Sure, the attributes for which we know and love the band are still there: the thumping rockabilly beats, Chris Cheney’s anthemic choruses and stinging lead guitar. But the simple, air-punching sloganeering of Second Solution and Prisoner of Society are replaced with a more nervous energy in Long Live The Weekend and even desperation in No Way Out. Then there’s the surprising down-tempo single Wake Up, ending in a sinister mantra delivered by a kiddie chorus (“Suicidal education that got sold to our generation”).
This is a more complex, frightening world The Living End are presenting to us, but the rigorous big-chorus rock & roll of Till The End ensures the fans shouldn’t be too alienated.
There’s still a sense of fun in the Ronettes beat of Order Of The Day, showing that the boys thankfully still possess a lightness of touch, while We Want More and What’s On Your Radio are loud and triumphant.
A bigger, denser noise is rarely heard in a three piece.