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State of Emergency

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State of Emergency

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Margaret Cho
publisher:
Riverhead

We gave it a B

This Australian trio The Living End began as a rockabilly act for the wallet-chain set, but on their fourth album, State of Emergency they display a breadth way beyond their Stray Cats-aping origins. Signed to Billie Joe Armstrong’s imprint, the band mixes bare-knuckle punk with American Idiot-style rock and fleet-fingered guitar. Us-against-them scream-alongs are their staple — ”Long Live the Weekend” is a blue-collar anthem — but these spiky-haired toughs show off moments of tenderness (”Nothing Lasts Forever”) and existential angst (”Wake Up”), too, displaying an ambition beyond the Warped Tour circuit.

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