The Living End
Author: Cory Perla
THE LIVING END FRIDAY NOV 18
7PM / THE WAITING ROOM, 334 DELAWARE AVE. / $20-$25
[PUNK] Second-wave punk band the Living End formed in 1994 in Melbourne, Australia, inspired by American rockabilly bands like Stray Cats. Despite a lengthy career that has earned them a spot on lists of the best Australian bands of all time, frontman Chris Cheney says he wouldn’t necessarily do it the same all over again. Maybe he’d record his vocals differently, or maybe the band should have moved to the States earlier, Cheney said in a recent interview with website Faster Louder. The band has also dealt with alcohol and drug problems, prompting lineup changes in the past, but for over a decade the lineup has remained constant—Cheney, bassist Scott Owen, and drummer Andy Strachan, who joined in 2002. Their latest album, Shift, is their most personal album to date, says Cheney, who has traditionally written about the world outside of him rather than his inside world. “It’s brutally honest and it’s the most personal record [yet],” the 41-year-old singer says. The Living End comes to the Waiting Room on Friday, November 18 with support from Counterpunch and the Abruptors.