The Living End - Roll On (Cover Artwork)

The Living End

The Living End: Roll OnRoll On (2001)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: DanielDaniel
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Could it be any more unlikely that this disc would procure a place so close to my heart? I can't remember the last time that MTV actually got me hip to a band, but there I was, the day after seeing the video for "Roll On," still unable to extract the song's crack-like hook from my brain, at the used.
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Could it be any more unlikely that this disc would procure a place so close to my heart? I can't remember the last time that MTV actually got me hip to a band, but there I was, the day after seeing the video for "Roll On," still unable to extract the song's crack-like hook from my brain, at the used record store scouring for a copy, realizing full well that this was likely the only decent track on the disc. Could I have possibly been more wrong?

What I really want to know, though, is how a punk rock (and I mean the term in its purest sense) disc of completely classic caliber finds its way all the way from Australia, on a major label no less? Apparently this is actually the Living End's second album for Reprise, and I'm told that a song from their first album, "Prisoner of Society" (featured as a live bonus track on the American version of the disc) was a major hit in Australia and a minor one here in America. How does stuff like this slip by me?

Well, onto the music. The opening track, "Roll On," is simply put, one of the best songs that I've heard in ages. I mean in a seriously long time. In fact, if there were any justice in the world this would likely go down as one of the best songs of this decade, but likely that won't happen. This is a song that plants a seed in your brain the first time you hear it, and before you know it that seed is a mammoth California redwood threatening to explode your skull from the inside. However, unlike most melodies that get stuck in your head (more often than not because they're so simple or because they've appeared in a thousand other songs), this one never gets old. I could listen to this song twenty times in a row and still ache for more.

After the end of that incredible first track, it's painfully obvious that these guys aspire to be the Clash of the 00's, and what's scary is that they just may accomplish it. From the heavy metal of "Carry Me Home" to the reggae-punk of "Blood On Your Hands," and finally the Oi!-type sing-alongs of "Uncle Harry" these guys display an expertise with so many different styles of music that I'm thinking of sending them a check; the ten bucks I paid for this CD simply just isn't enough.

I'm going to stop writing now before it sounds like I'm stalking this band. Suffice to say this isn't simply a record worth owning, it's a record that is essential listening for any punk rock fan. Like classic discs from the obvious London Calling to Green Day's Warning, this is an album that expands the boundaries while keeping it's essential spirit, and with any luck it'll go down in history as a high water-mark for 21st-century punk rock.

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Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

someone's got a boner for the living end

Anonymous (December 6, 2003)

Ha, I watched Cheats a couple weeks ago, my friend bought the DVD at Borders. I was like whoa, Living End, cool.


Eddie (November 9, 2003)

God, I love this album.

ihateadam (October 26, 2003)

Has anyone seen the movie Cheats? they use The Living End in it like 400 times. I think they could've released this album as 'The soundtrack to Cheats'

thriceequalsgod (October 6, 2003)

this cd is great. nothign bad to say about this. just great.

inagreendase (October 3, 2003)

greatest thing to ever come from australia


Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

This (and rancid's life won't wait) were the cd's that got me into punk. It will always have a place in my heart.

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)


Analog_Boy (August 29, 2003)

Hey awsome...

Living End in the top 10. I'd rather see the s/t alblum here, however this ones still good.

slippy (June 20, 2003)

this is a good cd, not a 10, but good. there next cd should be even better, because they seem to get better with every cd.

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)


fakesmile (June 16, 2003)

"i think the living end is extremely overrated.- fathead"

go see 'm live...

evildeadalive (June 4, 2003)

Oh yeah, I liked the first album better, but this one was still decent.

evildeadalive (June 4, 2003)

Uhh.... I'm pretty sure the dude comparing the Living End to Blink and Green Day was talking more about their popularity than their sound.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

umm, im the guy who wrote just before, that was sposed to be a full star rating, and i forgot to mention that Roll On is much better than the first album, it's more musically mature, and very fucking cool for it.
This probably dampens what i just said before, but oh well...

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

first up, the living end are nothing like blink 182, and whoever said that needs to listen more carefully, and secondly, they aint like greenday either. Note, i have nothing against those two bands, but they are not close at all in comparison to the living end.
also, the living end aren't what i would call punk, though there are many obvious punk influences, they are so much more than that, the guitaring is brilliant, the double bass fukn cool and the drumming amazing (sad to hear they lost travis dempsey), Chris Cheney rates as one of my favourite guitarists ever, and this band has so much musical talent.
They're not punk, they're not blink, they're not greenday, they are just really fucking good, they are, The Living End

Kerroj (September 28, 2002)

I'm a 45 (yes, 45!!) y.o. punk rock music lover who's been listening to this shit ever since I first heard the Sex Pistols on the radio (yes, they were actually played on some commercial FM rock stations back in 1978-79), so I have heard alot of music during that time. The Living End's first album on Reprise is a good album, so I thought I get this one, their 2nd... WOW!! It didn't hit me at first, but this CD grew on me really fast! I have been listening to this almost daily for about 3 months now. I might not listen to it for maybe 2 days and then I HAVE TO get my Living End fix and listen to it a least another half-dozen times straight! I'll put it to you simply: of all the music and bands I have listened to in my lifetime, I would seriously say this is the BEST album I have ever heard! It is THAT GOOD! I had to think long and hard what musical influences I hear here, the band is so tight and diverse and they rock like hell!!! If I had to describe this to the uninitiated I would say: the Sex Pistols meets the (old) Buzzcocks meets The Clash with a dash of Brian Setzer and a pinch of Sham 69, that's about as close as I can get to their sound on this. What more can I say? I just hope one day I might be able to see them play live if they tour the states.
In case you're wondering what else this old fart would recommend:
Pennywise - Land Of The Free? (love this band)
The Exploited - Beat The Bastards
anything by New Model Army

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

what can i say? i think this band is one of the best new punk rock bands in a long time. I stress the "rock" part as equally as i stress the "punk" part. Yes, these guys are a punk band, an excellent punk band. However, they take so many other influences. "Fly Away" from i think the S/T uses Rockabilly influences. "Riot on Broadway" uses swing (if there's anyone out there with his head completely in the sand when it comes to other musical styles besides punk, swing is a type of jazz from the 20's (right?). Brian Setzer brought back a new wave of it a few years ago. They do a cover of U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday (i think the old U2, and still the current live U2 is one of the best fucking punk bands out there. ever.) These guys use a shit load of influences, yet still manage to play punk songs every time. I read in an interview that Chris, when he practices, usually just practices jazz standards or something like that. That's pretty cool i think. It's nice to know that there are bands out there that have an appreciation for other types of music. not just punk.

Anonymous (September 25, 2001)

Actually Frenzal Rhomb are more like Blink in Aus, Living End more like, um, Green Day I guess, though not as popular anymore. ( you know how mainstream tastes love one thing one day, forget it the next)

Chris was in a car accident recently, hope he gets better soon.

Also check out the bands self titled, it rocks even more than roll on, as someone else said below.

- Sheamus

Anonymous (September 12, 2001)

living end are like blink 182 in over here in Oz only not as gay


Anonymous (September 12, 2001)

This album is excellent but their S/T is 100 time better cause it's more punk. Anyway, Roll On is excellent. If you don't like punk, even buy this disc cause the guitar is wonderful!
Chris Cheney fucking rocks!!!

coldjuly (September 12, 2001)

Plus I did a review of this record already..do the s/t album or something

Anonymous (September 12, 2001)

danielson, you write excellent reviews. but, i think the living end is extremely overrated.- fathead

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