Three-piece punk rock he­roes will be sup­ported by ri­otous act The Ben­nies

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

BORN into the golden era of Aus­tralian punk in the 1990s, the Liv­ing End’s longevity is tes­ta­ment to the band’s abil­ity to mix it with the main­stream and re­main loyal to their punk rock roots.

That is ex­actly what they will be do­ing when they hit Air­lie Beach on March 28.

The re­lease of their sev­enth Top 5 ARIA chart al­bum, Shift, marks a rapid de­par­ture from the band’s pre­vi­ous ef­forts to sep­a­rate per­sonal life from their mu­sic. Liv­ing End gui­tarist Chris Cheney de­clared that shots had been fired in the lat­est re­lease, which has Aus­tralia talk­ing.

“This record is deeply per­sonal. These songs aren’t sugar coated and there are mo­ments that I find hard to lis­ten to, but it’s bru­tal hon­esty and that makes the best songs,” Cheney said.

“It’s not a feel good record, but it’s a good record. It’s say­ing some­thing isn’t work­ing, and some­times the only way to fix it is to break it, then put it to­gether again. As hard as it can be, the only way some­thing changes is when some­thing changes.”

The group have lit­er­ally em­barked on the long hard jour­ney from zero to hero.

Chris Cheney and Scott Owen met in high school and formed the band, then named The Ru­n­away Boys in 1994, be­gin­ning their ca­reer busk­ing on the streets of Mel­bourne.

Af­ter a few years the group boosted their con­fi­dence and per­formed their own orig­i­nal ma­te­rial as they re-named the band to The Liv­ing End.

The group went through a long suc­ces­sion of drum­mers be­fore set­tling with Andy Stra­chan, who joined in 2002 as they pre­pared for their third al­bum.

The band have stuck to­gether in the same form ever since, with Cheney in charge of guitar and vo­cals, Owen slap­ping the up­right Bass and Stra­chan on drums.

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The Ben­nies will share the stage with the Liv­ing End in Air­lie.

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