The Living End are an Australian punkabilly band, based in Melbourne, Victoria. To date, they have released four studio albums in Australia, with two going to the number 1 position on the ARIA charts. They have also gained notable success in the United States and Europe. The band recently won awards for Best Drummer, Best Male Performer, Best Live TV Appearance and Best Band, in the 2006 Jack Awards.
The Living End formed in 1994 after lead singer/guitarist Chris Cheney and bassist Scott Owen were introduced to each other by their older sisters at Wheelers Hill Secondary College in Melbourne. Cheney was obsessed with 80s rockabilly group the Stray Cats. Owen decided to learn the upright-bass in favour of the piano and they started playing gigs under the name Runaway Boys after the title of a Stray Cats album. The group went through a procession of drummers before settling on Joe Piripitzi.
The Living End got their first big break in 1995 when, after sending a t-shirt and a demo tape to Billie Joe Armstrong, they landed a support slot in Green Day's upcoming Australian tour. After the tour, the group went into the studio to record their debut EP Hellbou...
years active 1994–present
origin Melbourne, Australia
music genre Punkabilly, Rock
current members Chris Cheney
departed members Travis Dempsey