The Living End
The Living End are an Australian punk rock band, which formed in 1994. Since 2002 the line up consists of Scott Owen and Andy Strachan; the band rose to fame in 1997 after the release of their double A-sided single, "Second Solution" / "Prisoner of Society", which peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart. They have released six studio albums and two reached the No. 1 spot on the ARIA Albums Chart: self-titled album and State of Emergency. They have gained chart success in the United States and United Kingdom. At ARIA Music Awards ceremonies they have been nominated 27 times and have won five awards: Highest Selling Single for "Second Solution / Prisoner of Society", Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Group for The Living End, Best Rock Album for White Noise, the same category for The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating. Australian musicologist Ian McFarlane described the group which "emerged as one of the country's premier rock acts. By blending a range of styles with great success, The Living End has managed to produce anthemic choruses and memorable songs in abundance".
In October 2010 their debut album was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums. The Living End were formed in 1994 by Chris Cheney and Scott Owen, who had met years earlier in primary school through their older sisters and began performing together from 1990 while attending Wheelers Hill Secondary College in Melbourne. Cheney and Owen had their first public gig at The Rob Roy in Melbourne in 1991. Cheney was a fan of rockabilly group Stray Cats and this prompted Owen, who played piano, to switch to double bass; the pair formed The Runaway Boys, which performed Stray Cats and The Clash material. That group were named after a track, of the same name, from the Stray Cats self-titled debut album; the Runaway Boys played in the local rockabilly music scene but expanded their audience by performing in regional towns and backing popular Melbourne cover band Mercury Blue at the Wheelers Hill Hotel/Pub. Cheney recalled "e played to all the jivers and rock'n' rollers... And we drifted into Melbourne's rockabilly scene".
As Cheney and Owen persevered, the band went through several drummers, while they were still attending school. By 1994 Cheney and Owen were writing their own material and decided to change the band's name to The Living End – a reference to the film, Rock Around the Clock. According to Cheney "It's an old'50s term, meaning'far out','the greatest'... We were still into the whole'50s thing, but we wanted a neutral name, one that didn't suggest any one style of music". With Cheney on lead guitar and lead vocals, Owen on double bass and backing vocals, the group settled on Joe Piripitzi as their drummer. Cheney considered Piripitzi to be ideal due to his charismatic appearance. During that year they recorded a track, "Headlines", co-written by Cheney and Owen; the group sent a T-shirt and demo tape to Green Day guitarist and lead vocalist, Billie Joe Armstrong, landed a support slot for Green Day's 1995 Australian tour. After that tour, The Living End recorded additional tracks for their debut extended play, which received moderate support from community radio stations.
It included "Headlines" from the previous year. Ed Nimmervoll, an Australian musicologist, described the EP's sound: "they turned their back on'50s rock revivalism and adapted that instrumentation to original songs steeped in UK punk". In November 1995, the trio recorded their second EP, It's for Your Own Good, which appeared in the following June; the six-track EP was co-produced by Lindsay Gravina, Mike Alonso and The Living End for the Rapido label. It included their first radio airplay hit, "From Here on In", placed on high rotation by national youth radio network, Triple J. Shortly after, Piripitzi was fired, he was replaced on drums by Travis Demsey. With Demsey the group appeared at major festivals: the Falls Festival. Demsey's drum style was compared with The. "From Here on In" was used on the soundtrack for the 1998 film, Occasional Course Language. The Living End toured Australia for a year in August 1997 they recorded new material to sell at their live shows, their double A-sided single, "Second Solution" / "Prisoner of Society", was issued in January the following year.
That month they had supported The Offspring on the Australian leg of their tour. "Second Solution" / "Prisoner of Society" peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart, was certified double-platinum by ARIA for shipment of 140,000 copies. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1998 it won the Highest Selling Single category, it lasted a record-breaking 47 weeks in the Top 50. In October 1998 it peaked at No. 28 on the New Zealand Singles Chart. It was featured in the game, Guitar Hero World Tour. "Second Solution" was used in the soundtrack for the 2002 movie, which starred Trevor Fehrman, Matthew Lawrence, Mary Tyler Moore. Early in 1998 "Prisoner of Society" was issued as a separate single in the United Kingdom and, the following year, in the US; the single appeared in the top 200 of the UK Singles Chart, peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard's Alternative Songs Chart. The band signed with Modular Recordings for the release of their debut self-titled album, which appeared on 12 October 1998, was co-produced by Gravina with the trio.
It peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, became the then
The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating
The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating is the ARIA Award-winning sixth album by Australian rock band The Living End, released on 22 July 2011 on Dew Process. The album was produced by Nick DiDia. In early 2010, Chris Cheney went to New York for three months to begin writing songs for the album. While in New York, he met up with The Hold Steady singer Craig Finn, whom he met through John Agnello who had produced the band's previous album, White Noise. With Finn, he cowrote the song "The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating". Cheney said that for the new album he "wanted to meet different people and gather some fresh resources and influences to take my writing and add a different element". In the year, the band regrouped to begin rehearsals in a South Melbourne recording studio; the band performed as The Safety Matches to road test new material. Cheney said that they had performed "a week's worth of gigs playing only new songs to see which ones would sink or swim" and that they had recorded fewer studio demos than for previous albums.
They went into the studio to record the album. They spent five weeks in Byron Bay and a further two to three weeks recording in Melbourne. Cheney said that the album took "like a year and a half of writing" and that they always seem to "go through 30-40 songs" in rehearsal, he said that during writing the album they had "amassed something in the vicinity of 40-plus songs to choose from". During the writing stage he said he would be "working on 30 songs at the same time." When asked in a live webchat on what was different about this album, he replied, "I believe that there was a sense of not being able to top what we achieved with White Noise, so I was determined we'd create the best songs we've written. We ended up with more songs and at the end of it we went through every tune and picked the best ones that fit together."Scott Owen has said that for the album they "have taken a lot of inspiration from U2 and INXS the ‘dancey’ rock stuff. Rage Against the Machine as well. Something that those three bands share is the ability to get on a groove and stay on it, letting it pulsate and grow in a tribal sort of way, making it quite transfixing without changing the basic formula of each song."Recording of the album, with Nick DiDia, who came out from Atlanta to produce the album, was completed in May 2011 after which it was sent to Brendan O'Brien for mixing.
Chris Cheney has said that for the album, the "aim has been to construct something more direct and therefore tougher and bigger sounding than anything we've done before." He said that the band "spent a lot of time experimenting with the parts of the songs to achieve this. And most this will be an album, not just a bunch of songs."The album's producer, Nick DiDia, suggested to the band that keeping the songs slower would increase their impact. "He taught us that in slowing the tempo down it makes the song have so much more impact and be so much more direct", said Cheney. "There was an openness and air surrounding the tunes that we didn't want to clutter up playing it too fast or trying to be too fancy with our parts."Musically, Cheney has said that he used various effects to get a broader sound. There was the chorus peddle; the good thing about a new guitar peddle is. It's important for our songs to grow and sonically there's a broader spectrum now."Cheney said that the album title "doesn’t mean anything, but it suggests a theme.
Everything must rejuvenate, everything goes in cycles, we are all going through the same thing, really. It doesn't make exact sense, why I kind of like it"For the first time, with the new album to promote, the band has hired a second guitarist to play live with them; when asked about this, Cheney said, "the songs on the new album aren't more complex but we felt there were some sounds and elements missing from our live show that are on our records. We plan to use him for some of the songs but not all, the idea is that it creates a fuller sound and you will hear parts of our record that have not been executed on stage, it will free me up to play some parts that have been missing from our gigs." The title track and lead single was premiered on triple J Breakfast on 3 June 2011. The single was made available to stream on the band's official website. "Machine Gun" was made available to download via the band's Facebook page. The whole album was made available to stream to members of the band's mailing list for 24 hours on 18 July 2011.
The album debuted at number three on the ARIA Album Chart. It received four and a half stars from Rolling Stone, saying it would "be fitting if this became the Living End's defining record"; the album was Radar's record of the week. However, Doug Wallen of The Vine was not so glowing. Labelling the work a'buffed clean record deprived of heft and depth', he criticises Cheney's lyrics, stating that they are generic and clichéd. Citing a'radio gloss' on the songs, he feels that the record lacks'the boiling blood of the best anti-establishment music'; the album won Best Rock Album at the 2011 ARIA Awards. All tracks written except where noted. "The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating" "Song For The Lonely" "Universe"
Nothing Lasts Forever (The Living End song)
"Nothing Lasts Forever" is the fourth single from The Living End's fourth studio album, State of Emergency. It was released on 19 August 2006; this was the song, played by SBS for the video for stage 15 of the 2006 Tour de France, up to Alpe D'Huez. All tracks written by Chris Cheney "Nothing Lasts Forever" - 4:54 "What's on Your Radio" - 3:17 "Long Live the Weekend" - 2:55 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
State of Emergency (The Living End album)
State of Emergency is the fourth studio album by Australian punk rock band The Living End. It was released in Australia on 4 February 2006, in New Zealand on 6 February and in Japan in May 2006; the album was released in the United States and Canada on 11 July 2006. It debuted in the number one position on the ARIA charts; the first single off the album was "What's on Your Radio", released on 20 November 2005. The follow-up single, "Wake Up" was released on 18 February 2006, debuted at number 5 on the ARIA charts, making it the highest single debut position for The Living End; the limited edition comes with a DVD, documenting the stages of making the album and shows footage of their performances, including the band as The Longnecks and at Splendour in the Grass. The band released a live DVD of the State of Emergency Tour, Live at Festival Hall. A limited edition vinyl of the album is limited to 500 copies worldwide. ARIA publicized that State of Emergency had achieved 2x Platinum status in Australia in November 2007.
This was a great achievement as all of their other album releases were awarded a higher accreditation. The album is now their second highest selling behind the efforts of their record-breaking debut. In December 2005, The Living End, as The Longnecks, played gigs in Sydney featuring tracks from the album; this was to test out audience reactions to new songs in order to ready themselves for the Big Day Out. Tracks were given a live airing in festivals of late 2005 and early 2006, such as the 2005 Homebake festival at The Domain, Sydney; the Living End played at Splendour in the Grass, a music festival in Byron Bay the day before they were due to start recording State of Emergency. 301 Studios was across the road from where they were playing. Band members decided that if they got positive reactions during their performance, they'd do well producing the record and be in the right frame of mind to do so. All tracks written by C. Cheney, except where noted. How to Make an Album and Influence People is a documentary DVD covering the making of State of Emergency and behind the scenes footage of the band.
Starting from laying down the basic tracks in a practice studio, to the re-introduction of Nick Launay and playing a gig at Splendour in the Grass in 2005, before heading to the studio to record and mix the album. The DVD came as a bonus with the limited edition album
Christopher John Cheney is an Australian rock musician, record producer and studio owner. He is the founding mainstay guitarist and lead vocalist of the psychobilly band, The Living End, formed in 1994 with school mate Scott Owen. Cheney wrote the group's top 20 hits on the ARIA Singles Chart: "Second Solution" / "Prisoner of Society", "All Torn Down", "Pictures in the Mirror", "Roll On", "One Said to the Other", "What's on Your Radio", "Wake Up" and "White Noise". In 2004 Cheney joined the super group The Wrights which put out a cover version of Stevie Wright's epic 11-minute track, "Evie" as a single. At the APRA Awards of 2009 Cheney won'Song of the Year' for writing The Living End's track, "White Noise". In 2005 he married Emma, the couple have two daughters and are co-owners of a recording facility, Red Door Studios. In 2011 the Cheney family relocated to Los Angeles. Christopher John Cheney was born on 2 January 1975 and grew up in Wheelers Hill, an outer-eastern suburb of Melbourne, his father is Noel Cheney.
At the age of five years he saw his first rock performance at VFL Park, close to his home – it was a gig by United States stadium rockers, Kiss. He attended Jells Park Primary School in between 1981 and 1987 and Wheelers Hill Secondary College, he studied Jazz at Box Hill Institute of TAFE between 1994 and 1995. Cheney started playing guitar at the age of six he taught himself how to play by listening to AC/DC cassette tapes over and over and practising what he heard, his major influence was a guitarist, singer-songwriter. On 22 September 2001, Cheney was injured in a car crash where his right leg was crushed and required a rod and three pins, he was confined to bed and used a walking stick for the next six months. He was unable to play the guitar, his future wife, was inside the vehicle but escaped with minor injuries. Cheney married Emma in 2005, they have two daughters: Scarlett Lyric. In October 2010 Chris and Emma, along with his manager Rae Harvey and her partner Woody Annison, opened their own recording studio, Red Door Studios.
On 25 April 2011 his father, died having been diagnosed with cancer the previous year. Late that year the Cheneys moved to live in Los Angeles, "Both our littlies are in school here... It's everyday life. You get up, mad rush in the morning, school drop-off, I come home, write a few songs, bum around and it's school pick-up again. It's life as we knew it, just in a different country". Chris Cheney met Scott Owen at Jells Park Primary School and they began their career together in 1992, in a Melbourne band, The Runaway Boys, who took their name from a Stray Cats album, Runaway Boys – which Cheney cites as one of his favourites; the group was a covers band playing The Clash material. In 1992 the group's first paying gig was at the Richmond Club Hotel and they soon followed with a residency at the nearby Corner Hotel; the Runaway Boys had a succession of drummers, "The first two guys and Grant, were at high school with us and they were never into 1950s rock'n'roll. We were a bit pushy at that point.
Grant was happy to play along, but when high school finished he was ready to move on and go to university". Cheney gigged on guitar in another band, Goodbye Sideburns Forever, though he was not recorded with them. Chris Cheney and Owen, on piano and double bass, were in The Runaway Boys. In 1994, the pair started to write their own material and were joined by Joe Piripitzi on drums to form The Living End, they released two successive extended plays, Hellbound and It's for Your Own Good, which contained their first radio single, "From Here on In". The track is co-written by Owen. In 1996 while Green Day were touring Australia, The Living End sent their second EP to the band, supported them on their tour, which led to radio station, Triple J, playing their first single. Late that year Piripitzi was replaced on drums by Travis Demsey. In September 1997 The Living End issued a third EP, Second Solution / Prisoner of Society, with four of its five tracks written by Cheney; the EP peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
It became the highest selling Australian-made'single' for the 1990s. On 12 October 1998, they released their debut self-titled album, which reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It included the singles "Save the Day", "Prisoner of Society" and "All Torn Down", they have since received recognition abroad, playing tours and festivals such as the Warped Tour in the United States and Reading and Leeds Festivals in the United Kingdom. Cheney wrote the group's other top 20 hits "Pictures in the Mirror", "Roll On", "One Said to the Other", "What's on Your Radio" and "Wake Up". On 7 October 2006 Cheney told fellow members of The Living End, he "found himself going through a personal and creative crisis... For the first time he was now experiencing writer's block"; however the crisis passed and Cheney started writing again. In February 2008, under the pseudonym Longnecks, the group trialled the new tracks. In July The Living End issued another top 20 single, "White Noise"; the related album of the same name followed that month.
On 22 July 2011 they released their sixth studio album, The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating, which reached No. 3. In 2003, Chris Cheney performed alongside Australian rock veterans You Am I at the Big Day Out in Melbourne, they performed a track by The Clash as a tribute to Joe Strummer. In October 2004 Cheney joined the super group The Wrights which performed a cover
Wake Up (The Living End song)
"Wake Up" is the second single from The Living End's fourth album, State of Emergency. It was released on 18 February 2006, in Australia; the song was both popular on New Zealand radio stations. It peaked at number five in the Australian ARIA Singles Chart; the song was used on the 40 Hour Famine DVD for 2006. Wake Up was featured on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2006, reaching #53; this kept safe The Living End's record of featuring in every Hottest 100 countdown since 1997. However, there was no song by The Living End in the Hottest 100 for 2007, although their cover of the Cold Chisel song "Rising Sun" was in the list of songs that listeners could vote for. "Wake Up" was released in the UK as a downloadable single on 30 July 2007. "Wake Up" - 4:31 "Girls Talk" - 3:08 "Don't Turn Away" - 4:04 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew on the genres of blues and blues, from country music. Rock music drew on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, incorporated influences from jazz and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar as part of a rock group with electric bass and one or more singers. Rock is song-based music with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become diverse. Like pop music, lyrics stress romantic love but address a wide variety of other themes that are social or political. By the late 1960s "classic rock" period, a number of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged, including hybrids like blues rock, folk rock, country rock, southern rock, raga rock, jazz-rock, many of which contributed to the development of psychedelic rock, influenced by the countercultural psychedelic and hippie scene.
New genres that emerged included progressive rock. In the second half of the 1970s, punk rock reacted by producing stripped-down, energetic social and political critiques. Punk was an influence in the 1980s on new wave, post-punk and alternative rock. From the 1990s alternative rock began to dominate rock music and break into the mainstream in the form of grunge and indie rock. Further fusion subgenres have since emerged, including pop punk, electronic rock, rap rock, rap metal, as well as conscious attempts to revisit rock's history, including the garage rock/post-punk and techno-pop revivals at the beginning of the 2000s. Rock music has embodied and served as the vehicle for cultural and social movements, leading to major subcultures including mods and rockers in the UK and the hippie counterculture that spread out from San Francisco in the US in the 1960s. 1970s punk culture spawned the goth and emo subcultures. Inheriting the folk tradition of the protest song, rock music has been associated with political activism as well as changes in social attitudes to race and drug use, is seen as an expression of youth revolt against adult consumerism and conformity.
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