THE LIVING END with THE ARCHITECTS and SLUMLORD RADIO at The Pyramid Scheme

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2016
doors at 7pm
tickets: $20 ADV // $25 DOS (buy tickets)

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FUSION SHOWS PRESENTS THE LIVING END with, THE ARCHITECTS, and SLUMLORD RADIO
at THE PYRAMID SCHEME



THE LIVING END




Shots have been fired. The Living End‘s seventh album, Shift, is the hard-line sound of a band on the warpath. Pity the fool in its sights.

The Living End has a history of tough talk. There have been riots, revolutions and resistance, and Chris Cheney, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan have never been afraid to break out the artillery. What makes Shift so different is the unflinching candor. Shift is a first-person fight club. It’s not a feel-good record, Cheney confirms, 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.

Until now, Cheney has largely kept his life and his relationships separate to the songs. But this record is deeply personal. These songs aren’t sugar coated, and there are moments that are hard to listen to, but it’s brutal honesty that makes the best songs.

Since forming at high school and busking the streets of Melbourne, The Living End has gone to number one, had four platinum plus albums, been awarded APRA’s Australian Song of the Year and scored six ARIA awards. They’ve played world tours, ute musters, every festival everywhere and, in 2012, a 35-night Retrospective Tour, performing their entire back catalogue in five cities – a feat that would make anyone murderous. But no band survives all that without experiencing a seismic shift, and when the trio congregated on Melbourne’s Red Door Sounds, the changes that needed to happen became apparent. Whatever had gone on before with The Living End didn’t apply now. Every idea and sound was to be warped beyond recognition. The band brought in their live engineer, Woody Annison, as producer, to squeeze the maximum energy out of every note.

Cheney says Shift is no random collection of songs. It’s a record. A document. It’s 11 songs about old friends and new enemies, of triumphs, mistakes, greed and regrets, warts and all. Having lit the fuse and let everything blow, Cheney says, the band has hit this new level now.

 

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