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 they display… 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 they display… 2006-07-11 The Living End Rock
Music Review

State of Emergency (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 11, 2006; Lead Performance: The Living End; Genre: Rock

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.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints