The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating – The Living End
June 12, 2011
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I am struggling to recall a more brazen and ironic embrace of criticism in the artistic crafts than The Ending is Just the Beginning Repeating by The Living End. Maybe. Maybe they haven’t really noticed the undercurrent of distaste and contempt for their brand of punk tinged Australian rock. However, this song is a great example of their talents as a band and a definite throw back to their raw punk beginnings. At the Falls Festival last year in Lorne, I was quite excited to see for the first time a band I had been a casual fan since my rambunctious teenage years yet it seemed I was alone in this desire. Many of my friends derided them as repetitive and appealing to the wrong kind of crowd (ie. bogans, the natural enemy of the hipster). Nonetheless, I enjoyed their set and I do apprecitate their new single. Much of the later work has been fairly derivative and unoriginal, but who can blame a band for something like that? Their break-out debut was a brilliant Australian answer to a world wide pop-punk revival with songs like Prisoner of Society and Roll On being anthemic conduits for many teenagers pissed off at the world and discovering punk music. Well that was how I felt about them at least.
The success enjoyed by The Living End in the late 1990’s was and still is responsible for the success of both Dew Process and Modular Recordings, two independent labels. Had it not been for the success of The Living End, these labels may not have had the resources to support other great Australia artists like Yves Klein Blue, Cut Copy and Bag Raiders, to name a few personal favourites, as well as cement Australia as a scene for high quality music.
In The Ending is Just the Beginning Repeating, The Living End really rediscover their core sound and back up this revival with lyrics to match. The single is the first, and probably best, off their upcoming sixth studio album and remains consistent with the political themes of the bands previous work and is really just a great, generic punk song. The chorus is catchy and the heavily distorted guitar is still brilliantly supported by the iconic double bass of Scott Owen.
I still remember Green Day inviting Chris Cheney on stage during their Melbourne show on the American Idiot touring and playing a cover I Fought the Law. That led me to The Clash, earlier punk and more brilliant music. That is why, apart from their intrinsic appeal as an iconic Australian punk band, The Living End deserve respect and if not that, at least a listen.