“Roll On” is the second album by The Living End. It was released in Australia and New Zealand in November 2000, and internationally in March 2001, so I’ll go with the 2001 date.
The band for the album is Chris Cheney on vocals and guitar as well as writing the songs, Scott Owen on double bass and backing vocals and Travis Demsey on drums.
The album is the last work to feature drummer Travis Demsey. In the downtime following the album’s release and subsequent tour, he would leave the band, to be replaced by Andy Strachan.
The album was certified 2x platinum in Australia by November 2007.
1,2,3,4 and the band crashes in.
“We roll on with our heads held high” is the catch cry. It remains with you long after the song is finished about a wharfies strike in Melbourne in 1998 and how after a month of striking, if the wharfies didn’t go back to work they would be replaced.
The riffs are classic Aussie Pub Rock riffs, rooted in the blues. You can smell the sweat of the working class in the notes.
Check out the guitar lead.
It’s their big single from the album and a live favorite.
Pictures In The Mirror
It’s a cross between the Foo Fighters, The Beatles and The Clash.
But that solo/interlude section reminds me of Van Halen and Kansas.
“The sun goes down, the moon appears on the horizon, the streets are bare, she walks alone”
The scene is set as the character in the song disappears from the limelight.
Because all of those people around you when you’re famous, abandon you when they can’t make money from you.
Riot On Broadway
Similar to “Prisoner Of Society” merging their punk and rockabilly hooks and riffs.
Staring At The Light
One of my favorites.
It’s like a new wave rock track circa “The Police” merged with “The Clash” and made to sound like a modern rock song.
Carry Me Home
That Intro riff would melt the pavement on the Sunset Strip.
Listen to it.
And the NWOBHM influences makes this a metal cut.
And Cheney, is a guitar hero.
Don’t Shut The Gate
A heavy blues rock groove starts it all off before it moves into a Midnight Oil style of cut.
The Intro lead lick reminds me of something else.
The interlude riff is like a Nu-Metal riff as it’s intertwined with a rockabilly riff.
“I was born on Saturday and I was buried on Sunday” is repeated throughout the song.
Blood On Your Hands
Is there a thing like funk/reggae/punk and jazz?
Well listen to this.
If anything The Police amalgamated these different styles and made it sound rock.
It’s a metal cut which has a galloping riff like “The Trooper”, some rockabilly sections and an excellent melodic guitar solo.
It’s their AC/DC cut.
The Intro is “Dirty Deeds”.
The Chorus is melodic.
And how good is the interlude section between 2.10 and 2.30?
Read About It
Cheney is a master of incorporating so many different styles and techniques into a 4 bar riff.
This song has reggae, melodic rock, punk and metal in it, with a progressive mindset.
The Chorus riff is essential listening.
Killing The Right
Similar to “Read About It”.
Check out the guitar work from 2.30 to 2.50.
A fast drum riff like “Black Betty” starts the song.