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Melbourne, Australia (1994 – present)

The Living End formed in 1994 after lead singer/guitarist Chris Cheney and bassist Scott Owen were introduced to each other by their older sisters at Wheelers Hill Secondary College in Melbourne, Australia. Cheney, obsessed with 80s rockabilly group the Stray Cats, convinced Owen to learn the double bass instead of the piano and they started playing gigs under the name Runaway Boys after the title of a Stray Cats song. The group went through a succession of drummers before settling on Joe Piripitzi.

The Living End got their first big break in 1995 when, after sending a t-shirt and a demo tape to Billie Joe Armstrong, they landed a support slot in Green Day’s upcoming Australian tour. After the tour, the group went into the studio to record their debut EP Hellbound which received moderate support from community radio stations.

In November 1995, the band went back into the studio to record their second EP (It’s for Your Own Good which they released several months later. This recording yielded their first major radio airplay with the song From Here On In, which was placed on high rotation on the youth radio network Triple J. Shortly after the release of the second EP, drummer Joe Piripitzi left the band and was replaced with Travis Dempsey who was soon playing with the band at major festivals such as Pushover and the Falls Festival. After a year touring Australia, The Living End again headed into the studio to record something new to sell at their now very popular shows. The result was the Second Solution / Prisoner of Society double single.


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  • Konkelo-

    It seems that they've been working on a new album, which is great news! Awesome to hear something new from them.

    5 May 10:11pm Reply
  • miqlito

    @tonavin: just do not care. Comment posted by hookbags (2 Nov 2012) or other similar which are aimed especially against music listeners are perfect examples of arrogance and stupidity. It is not an opinion anymore, but judgement - so who cares :p Maybe TLE are not as sharp as they were, but this is still good band and I would really love to hear them live. Too bad they are not planning to visit the country I live in, but maybe someday they will. Ehh, after watching/listening to "Live At Festival Hall" DVD I think it must be awesome to hear them live ("All Torn Down" from "Live At Festival Hall" DVD is a little masterpiece).

    28 Apr 2:52am Reply
  • knight_88

    Great band.

    13 Feb 3:31am Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    Be my 8th time or so seeing them if I see them at Soundwave!

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    A surprisingly great band in a mostly amusingly ridiculous genre. I think this and Devil's Brigde shall do nicely for punkabilly in my collection.

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • kelisonmateus

    Nossa, e eu pensando que eles não tinham fãs brasileiros...

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Timeofyourlife_

    No le dan el reconocimineto que merecen. Gran banda!!!!!

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • englishxarmy

    Miss you.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • headbang_roop

    Come to Denmark again! :D

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Liss_IO

    Marti McFly из Назад в будущее. Выросший

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • headbang_roop

    plz come to Denmark again! :D

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Gooooooooooooooooo mates:)

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tonavin

    Not diggin' all the hate on this shoutbox. I admittedly haven't listened much to their latest album, but White Noise and State of Emergency are better than anything they've put out previously.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • hookbags

    Definitely one of the worst band I have had the misfortune of seeing. A poorly crafted mish mash of pub rock and rockabilly that does notwork. A band recommended for low brow music fans only.

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Jaysap

    I have to agree with SilveryWaters on this. First two albums were great, then became more bland as they lost a lot of their punkabilly sound.

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • SilveryWaters

    First album is excellent; after that - long history of self-derivative writing and descent into generic, bland composition. Shame, held plenty of promise as a band.

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tomduarte

    pqp, na minha biblioteca tinha mudado a main pic, venho pra ca essa merda ta aí ainda

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BrunoSoaresS

    Tantas bandas vieram pelo "Queremos!", quem sabe?

    11 Jul 2012 Reply
  • eric_fg

    custa nada sonhar

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • angelmanson

    Pumped for the retrospective tour - big red ticket here I come!

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
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