Wunderbar Energy Plus

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The Living End rose to fame with the release of the groups double A-sided single Second Solution and Prisoner of Society. The band went on to become of one Australia’s biggest rock, racking up six ARIA awards, two number 1 chart debuts, eight studio albums and countless hit singles: All Torn Down, West End Riot, Roll On and White Noise to name a few. Renowned for their energetic live shows, The Living End is touring its new album, Wunderbar, now – so make Friday night December 28 a night to remember by catching the group in the auditorium at Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba. Tickets are on sale at the club or through its website.

The Living End

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Australian punk-rock powerhouse The Living End have unveiled they’ll be letting loose a new record. The band’s eighth album, Wunderbar was recorded in Berlin and will drop on Friday September 28 via BMG. With the reveal also comes the news that they’ll be making their way around the country in November, following a stack of festival appearances and headliners across Europe in the lead up. Adelaide’s West Thebarton has been recruited as support. The Living End will bring Wunderbar to The Forum on Saturday November 3.

The White Album – The 50th Anniversary Concert

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It’s one of the most successful Beatles events ever staged in Australia. Following two sold-out tours, in 2009 and 2014, Chris Cheney (The Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tim Rogers (You Am I) and ARIA Award-winning solo artist Josh Pyke are reuniting for a special 2018 tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album (Beatles’ self-titled ninth studio album). They’ll perform the White Album from start to finish – with a few surprises along the way – while being backed by a 17-piece rock orchestra, led by musical director Rex Goh, with guitars, strings, horns and two drummers. And don’t stress, they’re not pretending to be The Beatles – this is a celebration, not a tribute band. Catch it at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on July 13 & 14. Tix via www.whitealbumconcert.com/

The Living End

Author: Cory Perla

[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.

Unlikely Three

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Ash Grunwald’s friendship with Scott Owen, bassstraddler for The Living End, developed quickly around the coal pit in Grunwald’s backyard over many a soy sausage and a surf report. Soon enough, the lads themselves would stand side by side on the stage as well. One thing led to another and The Living End’s drummer Andy Strachan would take to the road with Grunwald too. The three ended up in the studio where they recorded a cracking, heavy version of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy. Now they’re bringing it to the stage.
See them live, together, at The Metro on Friday 12 June and The Cambridge Hotel Newcastle on Saturday 22.

Red Door Sounds

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What’s the studio set-up you have there equipment-wise?

Paul ‘Woody’ Annison, producer and studio manager:
“The main console is the SSL G+, however, we recently purchased the 60 channel Neve Vatican from Sydney’s BJB, of which 12 channels are now in the SSL room. We also have Pro Tools HD3, Studer 24-track tape machine, UAD Quad plus plenty of outboard gear including Neve, Vintech, Universal Audio and mics including AKG, Beyer, Neumann, Rode, Sennheiser, etc. Monitoring is via Genlec, Yamaha NS10s, Auratone and AVIOM. Visit reddoorsounds.com.au for full details.”

Any tips for artists entering a studio for the first time?

“Be prepared.”

Which notable artists have worked at the studio?

“We’ve only been operating for a year so the list is just starting. At the moment Children Collide are in the studio making their third album. We get a lot of varied acts coming though like Die Antwoord, Dropkick Murphys, Operator Please, Red Riders, Black Cab, Hunting Grounds and more.”

Who do you have on staff and what’s their background in the industry?

“Darren Middleton [Powderfinger] has relocated to Melbourne and has just come on board as a new in-house producer. Tyson Fish is our in-house engineer. Along with Chris Cheney [The Living End] and myself, we hope to provide a good range of options. Background wise, obviously Darren and Chris have years of knowledge writing and producing via their bands, and are now lending that experience to other artists. I’ve been involved in the making of records since moving from the UK to Australia 20 years ago.”

Can bands bring in their own engineer or do they have to solely use a house engineer?

“Yes they can, they will just need the assistant to help with the basics.”

Is the studio capable of holding a full band at once for recording?

“We have a large ‘live’ room, a small ‘dead’ room for a great ‘70s drum sound or vocals, and a large ‘natural’ room with beautiful acoustics and adjustable baffl ing. More than four to fi ve in a room can get a bit tight. It really depends on the size of the band and how they want to record.”

We’re an impoverished indie band – do you offer any deals for acts in our situation?

“We do offer stand-by rates but there really hasn’t been any free time in a while. We think our rates are really competitive for the studio’s gear and location.”

Do you have any in-house instruments at the studio that acts can use, or is totally BYO?

“We have a drum kit plus a good range of guitars and amps.”

What’s the access to the studio like with regards to parking, flat load, etc?

“Flat load with two car spots.”

Working in the studio can be arduous and we’ll need a break – what are the amenities in the local area?

“Plenty of action on Smith and Brunswick streets – both are walking distance from the studio.”

What are your contact details?

25 Sackville St, Collingwood
0417 051 977

An End In Sight

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The Living End will re-enter the studio with Nick Didia (best known in Australia for his work with Powderfinger) to begin recording the follow-up to their White Noise record. In a statement frontman Chris Cheney said, “The aim has been to construct something more direct, simple and therefore tougher and bigger sounding than anything we’ve done before. We’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with the parts of the songs to achieve this. Also and most importantly this will be an album, not just a bunch of songs.” The band has reportedly written 40 songs for the record, with a release slated sometime mid-year.

Gel Problems

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On their visit to Brisbane last month, The Living End’s Chris Cheney had to go to hospital for an eye infection when his hair gel ran into his eyes. A lesson for all you ‘gellers’ out there. The pain was no doubt softened by winning a couple of Jack Awards: Best Band; Best male: Chris Cheney.

All States Of Emergency

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It’s been three long years since The Living End have hit the road and they’re getting ready to roll with their All States Of Emergency Tour. The Living End are set to take on an all states tour – including a host of all-age, under-age and over-age concerts. They’re playing Friday, Sept. 15 at the Albert Hall in Launceston (all ages/lic), Sat. Sept 16: City Hall in Hobart (all ages/lic), Tues Sept 19: Civic Centre, Wodonga (all ages), Wed. Sept 20 and Thurs. 21: The Palace, Melbourne (U18), and Fri. Sept 22: The Palace (over 18). Tickets for the tour (wt. End Of Fashion supporting) go on sale on Thursday, July 13 from all the usual outlets (including Ticketek).