It was in 1994 that the Living End were formed, when Chris Cheney and Scott Owen were introduced to each other by their older sisters, at Wheelers Hill Secondary College, a high school in suburbian Melbourne.
The boys started playing under the name of the Runaway Boys; the insipration coming from the title of 80's rockers, Stray Cats album, which Cheney was obsessed with at the time. They went through a string of drummers, before settling on Joe Piripitzi.
The Runaway Boys changed their name to The Living End, and in 1995 sent in a T-Shirt and a demo tape to Billie Joe Armstrong
, and they got a supporting act slot in Green Day's
then up-coming tour.
After the tour, they went to the recording studio, and recorded their debut EP "Hellbound". They recieved moderate support from the community.
Then, in late 1995, they recorded their second EP, "It's For Your Own Good", which was released several months later. Shortly after the release of the second EP, drummer Joe Piripitzi left the band. He was replaced with Travis Dempsey.
A year after touring, The Living End went back to the recording studio and recorded "Second Solution/Prisoner Of Society" double single.
"Prisoner Of Society
" was a national hit and the band signed onto Modular Recordings for the release of their debut album. The album was an instant hit, with 6 singles coming off of it.
"Roll On" was realeased in 2000 and didn't achieve the same status as their earlier album did.
The band hit a quiet spot when Cheney was injured in a car crash. But in 2003, with a new drummer, Andy Strachan, The Living End made a comeback, with releasing "One Said To The Other
" / "Who's Gunna Save Us?
". They toured heavily, and realeased "MODERN ARTillery"
"State Of Emergency" was released in early 2006, and debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums chart. Three singles have come off of it, them being "What's On Your Radio?
", "Wake Up
" and "Long Live The Weekend
". Their fourth single is "Nothing Lasts Forever
" and is now their fourth single off "State Of Emergency"
The Living End recently signed to Billie Joe Armstrong
's Adeline Records, through which "State Of Emergency" will be released in the US and Canada.
The Living End
From Here On In
It's For Your Own Good
Second Solution/Prisoner Of Society
Joe Piripitzi - Drums (1995-1996)
Travis Demsey - Drums (1997-2002)