It’s shaping up to be a busy end of year for The Living End, when they play the Gold Coast 600 before embarking on a unique national tour.
“It's petrol, beer and rock & roll. As far as recipes go, it's a pretty good one,” the group’s drummer Adam Strachan says. “It seems very fitting to have a rock & roll band at the end of a car race, it always seems to go down a treat.”
The band have also announced an ambitious tour, which will see the lads play each of their six albums in full, back-to-back, across 35 shows in five capital cities. It’s the first time any Australian band has undertaken such a tour.
“It's basically saying thanks for supporting us over the years. We thought it was such a great idea and then we started actually sitting down and listening back to all the stuff, it's crazy. There's so many songs to learn.”
And with a number of the shows already sold out, Adam says the band are looking forward to the adventure.
“It's pretty overwhelming, we're stoked. It could have gone horribly pear-shaped, but it makes us feel better about the decision and what we've set out to do.
“We like the idea of playing those album tracks we get requests for, some of the more obscure tracks on records that we don't really get to play at festivals.”
Adam names ‘Roll On’ as his favourite album to play live.
“I think that's just a cracker of a record, it's so rock and roll, and every song is just a blast to play. I really like the new record too, ‘The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating’, we're really proud of it, the whole record just flows and is so much fun to play.”
There's no end in sight for The Living End either.
“We're all still as hungry as we ever were for writing music, for performing too. We still get the same sort of rush we do out of playing now, as we did ten years ago.”
The Living End play the Armor All Gold Coast 600 October 20. They return to The Zoo December 1-7.