Staying Live Close To Home

Author: Unknown

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Thousands of soft drink-swilling music fans descended on Rod Laver Arena for the Melbourne leg of the year’s biggest cross-promotional event. About 11,000 people packed Sunday’s Coke Live ‘n Local event, which boasted only punters who had bought (and peeled the label from) a bottle of the fizzy beverage.

The ‘local’ component came in the form of home-grown acts The Spazzys, Dallas Crane, Spiderbait and The Living End, while P Money’s inclusion on the bill showed that in a globalised world, New Zealand is practically next door.

Despite their diverse styles – punk rock and hip-hop are strange bedfellows, aren’t they? – acts were tied by a jungle backdrop and spectacular light show.

Live music zealots Henry and Andrew from MacKillop College took time out from their own band, Sensei, to see how the big guns do it, while others just wanted to lap up the atmosphere.

Regardless of motivation, everyone showed their gratitude for admission to the exclusive event by joining in a Mexican wave.

And, in Aaron, Miles, Georgie and Mich’s case, by publicly thanking their mum for the Coke.

End-Eavor

Author: Unknown

The Living End met a dedicated fan when they did an in-store at HMV’s Bourke Street store in Melbourne. A girl came from a tattoo parlour with their logo inked on her back, and asked them to sign around it so she could get their signatures tattooed as well. All up a strange arvo for the band. Over 1,000 people turned up, and lurched forward when the End started to play, knocking over CD racks and the mixing desk.

The Split Personality Tour

Author: Simon Barber

JEBEDIAH, THE LIVING END, TURNSTYLE

The Prince of Wales Hotel

The sold out gig began with a set from Turnstyle, of which I caught about half. Punters, sitting and standing, were scattered around the pub. Despite some strong guitar hooks and competent playing, the crowd failed to take any real interest. Turnstyle played the difficult support slot professionally, but with a sense of humour. They finished and told us The Living End was up next and hopefully we would “get off our arses” then.

By the time The Living End took the stage to play their distinct brand of punk/rockabilly, the venue was almost completely packed. The crowd were very receptive to the Melbourne-based three piece and there was plenty of action to keep them entertained. The unbridled energy of the band prompted a lively mosh and stage-diving. They managed to maintain a frenetic pace, without sacrificing any precision. Owen, on double bass, displayed amazing technique and often spun his instrument around or climbed onto it for effect.

The Living End began with a couple of earlier songs in ‘Misspent Youth’ and ‘Strange’. Radio favourites ‘Second Solution’ and ‘From Here On In’ came across very well live due to the increased tempo and catchy melodies. Variety was added to the set with a cover of The Cure’s [actually Soft Cell’s] ‘Tainted love’ and a few new songs, including the impressive ‘All Torn Down’. But the highlight of the set was ‘Prisoner Of Society’, which set the moshers into a frenzy and had everyone else singing along enthusiastically.

Perth band Jebediah kicked off with excellent performances of ‘Benedict’ and ‘Lino’. The band display some punky direction, but emit a more sophisticated sound with Chris laying important guitar lines and harmonies of many of the songs. The band weren’t quite as tolerant as The Living End and potential stage divers were kicked by Vanessa or dragged from the stage by security. Kevin bluntly said, “If you want to get on stage, start your own fucking band”, his comment met with cheers and laughter.

Jebediah played a varied and energetic set, with the rocking, sing-along tracks like ‘Leaving home’ and ‘Teflon’ complimented well by the more downbeat sentiment of ‘Harpoon’. A new song, ‘Paint Remover’ [The Less Trusted Pain Remover], is intriguing and complex. It is a sprawling piece that builds and falls, gets faster and slower.

The momentum of the show was briefly interrupted when Kevin’s amplifier failed, but not too many people seemed overly concerned. Chris made light of the situation by trying to sell the piece of equipment to the crowd during the delay. However, strong renditions of ‘ Invaders’ and ‘Jerks Of Attention’ had the punters humming away as they left the Prince of Wales, happy that they had seen two of the most exciting live acts in the country.

Gig Review

Author: Dan Oakes

It's For Your Own Good

Last Friday night at the Esplanade saw the launch of the new Living End EP, It’s For Your Own Good. I expected a big crowd, and wasn’t disappointed. 
By the time the Living End came on the place was heaving. 
The Living End launched into their set with unbridled energy and enthusiasm, and within minutes were sweating buckets. 
The drumming was short sharp and in bursts, in the style of Keith Moon (before his bloated, dead in bed phase), and seeing the double bass in action made you realise that, visually, the more conventional bass has nothing on its older brother. As on the EP, the band mixed up punk and ska influences with a predominately rockabilly background, creating what is, in my mind, a pretty unique sound. The crowd was big and responded well to the effort the band were obviously putting into the set. It was interesting as well, to see the mixing of subcultures evident. There were punks, goths, rockabilly fans, indie kids, ska freaks, all getting into the music. The Living End are obviously a band that have a wide appeal, and it is good to see.

Gig Review

Author: Darrell Bassett

Knew bugger all about the Living End until they came on but now I know they are one fine outfit. Kinda boogie, kinda punk, kinda something. Their cover of 10:15 Saturday Night gave a bit more of a perspective of these blokes, but not much – they’re right out of left field.