Roll On [Australia]

Roll On [Australia]

by The Living End

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Roll On [Australia]

Taking note from their number one Australian debut in 1998, the ARIA awards, and spots on Vans' Warped Tour, The Living End grow up, but continue to rampage on with their rowdy punkabilly on Roll On. Not entirely relying on the spirit of 1977 punk rock, their sophomore effort pulls toward their Aussie rock roots (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo) and a touch of British class for an eager modification, and it's a smart move. The trio's momentous energy remains the same, and the fever exuded through spiraling guitar cuts and rebellious lyrical chants illustrates The Living End's pinch-hitting desire to make their punk-oriented sound less commercial, less kitschy, and more stripped. Frontman/guitarist Chris Cheney is vocally sharp, the spunk and snarl on songs like "Don't Shut the Gate" and "Riot on Broadway" are lyrically tighter, consciously aware and almost wishful. The Living End don't hold back, but explore musical chaos for a tangled hybrid of sounds. Elements of Oi! and ska placates the post-pubescent attitude found on the band's eponymous debut, and the band looks beyond the simplicity of most three-cord riffs. The souped-up "Dirty Man" could have been a Smiths song, humorously tapping into the softer side of The Living End, while tailoring toward the Ritalin-reliant spool of pop kids. "Revolution Regained" has the same effect, and Scott Owen's upright bass and Trav Dempsey's thunderous percussion takes shape as Roll On's rambunctious staple song. The majority of the album is slightly that way, the whole battle cry and infliction of defeat is old-school regardless of The Living End striving for such raw power and self-independence. It's far more fashionable than Green Day's typical quick rants.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2001
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724353017224
catalogNumber: 530172

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Living End   Primary Artist
Jack Howard   Trumpet
Jeremy Smith   French Horn
Johnny Toogood   Background Vocals
Tom Larkins   Background Vocals
Chris Cheney   Guitar,Vocals
Butch Lee   Percussion
Scott Owen   Vocals,Upright Bass
Matt Aberle   Hand Clapping
Cameron Baines   Background Vocals
Grant Relf   Background Vocals
Tom Read   Background Vocals
Tom Larkin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Davis   Engineer
Jack Howard   Horn Arrangements
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
Frank Maddocks   Artwork

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