It's been five years since The Living End last released an album, so in support of their seventh album Shift they played the first of two sold out shows tonight at The Forum. The opening act for the evening was 131's, a Melbourne four piece punk band full of muscles and tattoos. Next up was Adelaide indie rock band Bad//Dreems. Their lead singer spent most of the set roaming around the stage as the rest of the band kept a driving rhythm going throughout each song.
The Living End arrived on stage to huge cheers and started off the evening with the first single from Shift "Monkey." The set list contained songs from throughout their career, and the newer material such as "Death," "Keep On Running" and "Staring Down The Barrel" held up well alongside their older tracks. The first two albums featured prominently in the set with "All Torn Down," "Second Solution," and "Prisoner of Society" off The Living End, and "Roll On," "Killing The Right" (the best political song I think Chris has ever written), "Pictures In The Mirror" and "Uncle Harry" (an audience request) off my favorite album of theirs Roll On.
"Hold Up" and "What's On Your Radio?" had the crowd jumping and everyone sang along to "White Noise," which was the last song of the main set. For the encore they played a stomping "How Do We Know?" before ending the night with an epic version of "West End Riot" (with a bit of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" in the middle of it). All in all it was another amazing show from one of the best live bands to ever emerge from Australia. You know you'll get your money's worth between Chris' guitar playing and the theatrics of Scott and Chris standing on the double bass.
Here is the video for the latest single "Keep On Running"