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Modern Artillery

The Living End

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Album Review

The Living End took the turn of the century by storm. With the Clash as their stylistic outrider, the trio scooted snotty and poppy across Australia and Europe before hooking up with the Warped Tour for some crucial U.S. cred-building. Three years on, the Living End has returned to find the old school overcrowded with sugar-punk sprites and every other stripe of rock revivalist. Though they date from the Green Day Gen-X punk era, contemporary relevancy demands a fresh chroming of the Living End's previously perfectly workable jumble of rockabilly, British punk, and '80s pop spare parts. Appropriately, Modern Artillery is helmed by Mark Trombino, who previously brought gleaming product like Jimmy Eat World, Midtown, and Gob to market. The bawdy gang vocals of 2001's Roll On have been replaced by sculpted multi-tracking, and the cleanup operation doesn't stop there. "One Said to the Other" and "Who's Gonna Save Us?" are strong offerings from Living End frontman Chris Cheney, but their rough instrumental and vocal edges — the kind that made even the poppier elements of the band's past ring with validity — are polished and buffed here. The guitars punch mightily, and the choruses detonate, but they do in colors easily identifiable to a throng of American baby punks with silver safety pins in their mouths. Luckily, Cheney's fascination with his influences won't be silenced by brand positioning, and sticking to his guns saves most of Modern Artillery from slick meddling. "End of the World" crosses rockabilly with classic Midnight Oil, while "Jimmy" and "Tabloid Magazine" are spot-on Joe Jackson tributes. "Short Notice"'s 1977 Upstarts colors won't wilt, even in the face of crackly drum programming and vocal filters. It's a representative song for a problematic yet still promising album stuck between engineered formula and real deal rock.

Customer Reviews


My friend lent me this CD after hearing a couple of the songs from various Tony Hawk games. It's surprisingly good! The vocals are really good, and many of the songs are very catchy. The song "Hold Up" is an outstanding fast-paced song, while "The Room" is among my favorite rock songs ever. Give it a try, you won't be dissapointed.


This is a great cd. I would highly recomend it but some songs are really good and others are kinda the same beats. The first four songs are amazing and my favorite is Hold Up so if u dont buy the whole cd at least by that song.

Australians Know Their Music

I first heard these guys on Fuse watching the video for 'Who's Gonna Save Us'. I was so hooked I was looking for the album in stores only to find it hadn't been released yet. After getting it I listened to it once over. They know how to play music and have damn good guitar riffs. The Living End proves that the Aussies still got it. Angus Young is probably proud.


Formed: Melbourne, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Australian punkabilly band the Living End started out jamming together and playing covers under the name Runaway Boys (after the Stray Cats song). Singer Chris Cheney had an obsession with the Stray Cats, to the point where, once he found Scott Owen to form a group with, he talked the piano-playing Owen into learning standup bass à la his American favorites. They met through their older sisters while attending the same high school, Wheelers Hill Secondary College, in Melbourne....
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Modern Artillery, The Living End
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Punk, Rockabilly
  • Released: Oct 15, 2003

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