This Australian trio The Living End began as a rockabilly act for the wallet-chain set, but on their fourth album, State of Emergency they display a breadth way beyond their Stray Cats-aping origins. Signed to Billie Joe Armstrong’s imprint, the band mixes bare-knuckle punk with American Idiot-style rock and fleet-fingered guitar. Us-against-them scream-alongs are their staple — ”Long Live the Weekend” is a blue-collar anthem — but these spiky-haired toughs show off moments of tenderness (”Nothing Lasts Forever”) and existential angst (”Wake Up”), too, displaying an ambition beyond the Warped Tour circuit.
State of Emergency This Australian trio The Living End began as a rockabilly act for the wallet-chain set, but on their fourth album, State of Emergency...State of EmergencyRock This Australian trio The Living End began as a rockabilly act for the wallet-chain set, but on their fourth album, State of Emergency...2006-08-11
Genre: Rock; Producer (group): Adeline Records, East West America
Posted August 11 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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