KEEN TO TOUR: The Living End - Andy Strachan, Chris Cheney, and Scott Owen - will play at Byron Bay on March 19.
KEEN TO TOUR: The Living End - Andy Strachan, Chris Cheney, and Scott Owen - will play at Byron Bay on March 19.

A sweaty rock'n'roll gig by The Living End shifts the mood

STARING Down The Barrel is The Living End's latest single from their 2016 album Shift.

The Living End are an Australian punk rock band, which formed in 1994.

Since 2002, the band's line up consists of Chris Cheney, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan.

The musicians will be playing in Byron Bay later in the month to play their new music plus the old hits.

The Living End's drummer Andy Strachan said the band has missed playing an extensive Australian regional tour.

"It's been a while since we played in regional intimate venues, and I would predict that it's going to be really sweaty," he said.

"It's gonna be sweaty, proper rock'n'roll stuff.

"Musically, we are obviously going to play a lot of the back catalogue and the songs people want to hear, but we are really excited about playing songs from the new record as well."

Andy Strachan said Shift, the band's seventh release, is an album with a clear connection between songs, written by Chris Cheney.

"Chris had a lot of write about: it was five years in between records, and a lot happens in your life as you get older," he said.

"To be able to be unguarded and very personal with lyrics is a hard thing to do, but I think Chris dug deep on this one, and the honesty that comes out of it is pretty big stuff and he has done a really big job.

"Musically, we went for simplicity.

"We stripped back all the fat, and we tried not to overproduce things, which is probably something we have been guilty of in the past."

Strachan said fans will hear the band's old hits played in the way they are used to hear them.

"There is a fair element of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it', and since a lot of those songs are classic songs, people want to hear them the way they should be played.

"We tend to get a bit excited about putting in segways, and we tend to make things too 'overtrickify' (sic) things, so we do elaborate on certain parts of some songs but the bulk of the songs are played the way they should be played," he said.

  • At The Northern in Byron Bay on Sunday, March 19.

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