From Here On In The DVD 1997-2004

Author: Unknown

‘The Living End’
From Here On In The DVD 1997-2004
EMI

The Living End – From Here On In DVD is a must see for all Living End fans. Having spent my uni days listening to them on the radio and seeing them at the ANU Bar, this DVD reminded me why I like them so much.

Influenced by The Who, The Clash, The Sharps and The Beatles, along with a myriad of 50’s rockabilly music, The Living End have created the Punkabilly genre of which they are king.

Disc One gives all the favourite music videos including the two that started their rocket to fame, Prisoner Of Society and Second Solution. Festival clips from Summersonic, Splendour in the Grass and Big Day Out take up the 2nd half.

Disc Two features a two hour doco which gives some fascinating insight into the origins of this band, how they started and their musical influences. The brilliant innocence of their early days contributed greatly to their success and there are a few lessons for anyone wanting to be a rock star. Footage of their early gigs is hilarious for the fashions and the crowds and when they go off at Falls Festival in 1998 (I was there!) it makes you want to just go to summer festivals all year long.

A must see for any Aussie music fan.

From Here On In – The Singles 1997-2004

Author: Mike Wafer

The Living End / From Here On In – The Singles 1997-2004

Chris Cheney has to be one of the best guitarists, singers and songwriters in Australian music. His melodies are always supremely catchy, his riffs and solos superb blends of rockabilly, blues and rock and the pop song formula (verse, chorus, verse etc) never over or under-done. The biggest, and possibly only, flaw of The Living End is their absolutely appalling lyrics. The band’s love of acts such as The Clash, or perhaps their desire to become them, lead to extremely outdated and utterly bullshit ’77 London working class punk gibberish that has no relevance today. If it weren’t for the lyrics then every song of these 14 blisteringly catchy singles would be regarded as classics, rather than teen-demographic tunes of token ‘fuck society’ rebellion. In short, no one takes this band seriously on the issues they address, which is sad, because their heart is in the right place, but the difference between The Living End and, say, Midnight Oil is a matter of articulation. Chris Cheney’s voice is so crisp and clear that ignoring the lyrics is hardly easy, but as soon the band let their instruments take the driver’s seat it is dead easy to remember what is loveable about this band.

This singles collection is well worth owning, as there is not a bad song on it, just keep it out of reach of school kids or it might rev them up to dye their hair, rip their jeans or, heaven forbid, vandalise a phone box.

Modern Artillery

Author: Joe Student

“Modern Artillery”
The Living End

With a punk sound laced with oodles of pop and rockabilly, Australian trio The Living End, is still hoping that its sound will connect as well with Americans as it has with its countrymen in The Land Down Under.

On its latest release “Modern Artillery.” tracks such as “Who’s Gonna Save Us?,” “Tabloid Magazine” and “Short Notice,” the band delivers with scintillating hooks and anthemic choruses.

For most of the record, vocalist/guitarist Chris Cheney, bassist Scott Owen and drummer Andy Strachan meld well to present a kinder, gentler pop punk.

Sometimes though, it’s too gentle. On “In the End” and “Putting You Down,” the group’s sensitive side is much less entertaining than the one that allows it to take the best of blink 182 and the Stray Cats and make the marriage work.

TLE can do better.

Rating: B-

Joe Student, Weekender Editor

Modern Artillery

Author: Kenneth Partridge

The vice president isn’t the only Cheney dissembling about weapons these days. By naming his band’s third full-length album “Modern Artillery,” Living End singer and guitarist Chris Cheney promises a laser-guided rock ‘n’ roll adventure but in reality only fastens a dull bayonet to the head of his Gretsch guitar for some pop-punk field exercises.

The album wouldn’t be so disappointing if the group’s previous two efforts hadn’t been so dynamic. On the leadoff track, “What Would You Do,” the rockabilly reverb that made the band’s self-titled debut so fresh is reduced to an afterthought. The double-bass gallop returns on “End of the World,” but it’s ditched on most songs for generic Warped Tour-style wailing.

Even when the rhythm section really starts to pop, it can’t match the pace of the band’s own frantic backpedaling. Regression of this kind is common among punk groups looking to reaffirm their roots after ambitious albums, but in this case the betrayal stings.

The Living End performs Saturday with Blink-182 and the Used at ctnow.com Meadows Music Theater, Hartford. Information: 860-548-7370.

Living End Hits The Target With ‘Modern Artillery’

Author: Rustin Reber

“Modern Artillery”

The Living End have released three full length albums in the past six years. Yet I’ve never heard of them before. I did break my antenna and give up on radio a few years ago, but I don’t think TLE has probably got much air play anyway. That’s why I love this gig. I get turned on to a lot of great music, including The Living End.

I have to say, when I first got this disc for some reason I just figured it for another faux punk-pop CD. Wrong.

The first track is the epitome of rock and roll. But the Aussies always get it right with rock music. I know they’re classified as punk, and listening to this album you right off think of The Ramones or The Clash or old rockabilly, but I think this punkabilly trio are serving up good old rock and roll at it’s best. 

It’s no surprise that they claim influence from acts such as The Clash, The Cure, Elvis Costello and the Stray Cats. In fact Chris Cheney plays a lot in the similar high octane be-bop style of Brian Setzer.

Oh yeah, by the second time through this CD I was hooked. There’s even a full-on country tune and a few nods to AC/DC. Again it’s just something about down under. Australia rocks.

Anyone who believes rock is dead would do themselves a great service by getting this album.

A lot of critics are drawing comparisons to Green Day, but I say no. These guys are five times the band Green Day is. Which is also a reason they may never be as well known.

There is some fine musicianship on this album. The music is poppy and fun, happy music. Not quite as commercially friendly as they were likely trying for, but for that I’m glad. A bit of diversity is good.

Anyway, as soon as I get a little extra cash I’m going down to Eden Music and buying a copy of “Modern Artillery.”

Returning Strong, With No End In Sight

Author: Raymond A. Edel

The Living End
“Modern ARTillery”
(Reprise)

A serious car accident involving vocalist-guitarist Chris Cheney and the departure of drummer Travis Demsey contributed to the three-year hiatus between albums for the Australian pop trio.

With Cheney healthy and a new drummer, Andy Strachan – bassist-vocalist Scott Owen rounds out the lineup – the band returns with a potent blend of pop and punk.

The punk-edged kick-in-the-teeth “What Would You Do?” opens the album. Want pop? Try the hooky “One Said to the Other.” Eat your heart out, Good Charlotte.

Laced with an AC/DC-like intro (a tribute to a homeland band perhaps?), “Who’s Gonna Save Us?” is a catchy, jangly “call for help.”

“Jimmy” is a harmony-filled reminder of how good another Australian band, Midnight Oil, really was.

“Tabloid Magazine” sounds eerily similar to another anti-gossip song, “Sunday Papers,” Joe Jackson’s 1979 hit.

“So What” is a gorgeous bitter-sweet love song reminiscent of tunes by fellow Aussies Hoodoo Gurus.

“The Room,” another song with just a hint of AC/DC, is a mini epic. It’s sure to end up as the foundation for the band’s rock opera someday. Let’s hope that someday is sooner than later.

(The Living End is slated to open for No Doubt and Blink 182 on June 3 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.)

Living End Pumps Punk Into New CD

Author: Ian Ragsdale

The Living End
MODERN ARTillery

(Reprise)

You’re too late to see The Living End, who passed through Houston March 11, headlining at the Engine Room supported by fellow Australian acts The Vines, Jet and Neon. But you can still pick up its new, solid album, MODERN ARTillery, if you feel the 70’s rock revival acts are a little too plain for your tastes. The Living End has mellowed a lot since its punk-rockabilly debut EP, 1995’s Hellbound, but the stadium punk this trio pumps out is energetic enough for rockers yet radio-friendly for the Top 40 crowd.

It feels like a betrayal to use the word “punk” to describe the music of any band that went five times platinum with its debut album, that had a song in the National Lampoon’s Van Wilder soundtrack and that has toured Australia with AC/DC, but The Living End retains the edge so apparent in its early music.

Given, MODERN ARTillery has ballads reminiscent of sappy Third Eye Blind tunes, but the band gets in a few good punches in the form of short, fast songs with anthem titles ad hopeless lyrics. When guitarist Chris Cheney and upright bassist Scott Owen sing choruses together, it’s easy to imagine a crowd of rebellious youths raising their fists and chanting along.

What sets The Living End apart from other acts in the same vein is that even when the tempo slows, the band’s musical ability and snappy lyrics shine through. You probably won’t be listening to this record with your sweetie, and there certainly is a shortage of such records today.

Modern Artillery

Author: Dan Nailen

THE LIVING END
“Modern Artillery”
Grade: B

Australia’s The Living End was well on its way to becoming a fixture of the pop-punk scene a couple years back when a car accident forced the trio to take an extended break before recording this, its third American release. The break did nothing to dull the band’s chops; this album is 14 songs full of hooks and just a dash of punk attitude. The opener, “What Would You Do?” is reminiscent of the band’s state-side breakthrough, “Prisoner of Society,” while “Who’s Gonna Save Us? is a shout-along anthem. A solid album.

Modern Artillery

Author: Ed Masley

While the look and the instrumentation have always shouted “Rockabilly!,” these guys hit the Warped Tour sounding like Australia’s answer to Rancid’s California answer to The Clash.

But this time out, the sound is more like early 1980s power pop – big hooks and sugar-coated harmonies reviving the heart of the British Invasion with punkish abandon. At times, it could pass for the Vapors. Or early Joe Jackson. Or even the Jags. But almost never Rancid. And they still look just as rockabilly – even sound a little rockabilly on occasion.

But the best songs here are purer pop than that.

A record this outragously infectious only comes along so often, and it’s rarely half as sweet. You’ll wish you were falling in love, it’s such a perfect soundtrack for it. But for falling out of love, you’ll want to stick with “is She Really Going Out With Him?” Or “Back of My Hand” by the Jags.

Modern Artillery

Author: Mark LePage

The Living End
Modern ARTillery
Reprise/WEA

Girded by “world’s greatest band” hype, an Aussie outfit matures without having decided whether it wants to be Blink 182 or Nick Lowe – and frankly, the Nick Lowe category could use some volunteers. The Living End begins with the requisite punk-pop energy, but the breakout album has an ensemble polish that may be too slick. The Room closes the album making this case clear – a finely honed assembly of precision-tooled moves from the Who to ska-billy to (practically) Dire Straits. Jury out until live show.

The Living End performs Mon- day at Metropolis, 59 Ste. Catherine St. E., with fellow Aussies the Vines and Jet. Tickets cost $25.50. Call (514) 908-9090.