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The Living End

Australian rock giants

The Living End

The Darts, Rotties

Wed, September 13

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

The Living End
The Living End
The Living End “storm all over the boundaries between punk, reggae, rockabilly and plain old rock & roll and it sounds like a revelation, years after the Clash did it.” Rolling Stone

Since their early beginnings busking around the streets of Melbourne, Australia in 1994, The Living End has gone on to place number one on the album charts twice, had four platinum albums accredited to them, been awarded the APRA “Australian Song of the Year”, been nominated for 28 Australian Recording Industry Awards (ARIAs) and taken home six. They’ve played world tours, ute musters, seedy clubs and every festival around the globe, touring with bands like AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, No Doubt, Blink-182, Jet, Pennywise and Dropkick Murphys

Starting off as a Stray Cats styled cover band, Runaway Boys, that played rockabilly classics they decided to start writing original tunes and change their name to The Living End – a reference to the film, “Rock Around the Clock”. According to Chris Cheney (lead vocals, guitar) "It's an old '50s term, meaning 'far out', 'the greatest'. We were so into the whole '50s thing at the time, but we wanted a neutral name, something that didn't really suggest any one style of music".

The rock and roll trio’s first single release "Second Solution/Prisoner of Society" reached No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum. It was the highest selling single of that year and eventually the highest selling single of the 1990’s lasting a record-breaking 47 weeks in the Top 50 singles chart and was voted number 34 by the Australian public in Triple J Hottest 100 Australian Albums of all time.

Musicologist Ian McFarlane has described the group as "one of Australia’s premier rock acts. By blending a range of styles (punk, rockabilly and flat out rock) with great success, The Living End has managed to produce anthemic choruses and memorable songs in abundance". In October 2010 their debut self-titled album was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums. They have gone on to release another six albums and hold the record for the most consecutive entries in Triple J's Hottest 100 - they made the end of year top 100 songs chart every year from 1997 for 10 years.

The Living End considers themselves to be a rock 'n' roll band with punk ethics and cite The Clash, Iggy Pop, The Who and The Jam as influences. They have also been compared favorably to 1990s punk revivalists Rancid and to Green Day with Billie Joe Armstrong signing them to his record label after touring with them in Australia. The band members do not consider themselves a punk band, rather a rock 'n' roll band that is influenced by punk. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine reviewed their debut album noting their "sound owes far more to the Ramones than it does to Eddie Cochran, or even the Clash, but they cleverly appropriate certain rockabilly signatures that give their homage to the golden age of punk a bit of charm". Listen to their more recent releases and you’ll hear stylistic nods to acts as diverse as The Who, Bob Dylan, Bloc Party, The Beatles, Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen.

More recently Chris Cheney found himself treading the boards, starring as St Jimmy in the Australian production of the Billie Joe Armstrong penned musical “American Idiot”. The band also fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing live at the 2016 AFL Grand Final.
The Darts
The Darts
THE DARTS (US) are an all-grrrrl garage-psych-rock supergroup featuring Nicole Laurenne (The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero), Rikki Styxx (The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee Outta Sites), Christina Nunez (The Love Me Nots, Casual Encounters, The Madcaps), and Michelle Balderrama (Brainspoon). The band formed in early 2016 when, after watching each other’s bands from the sidelines for years, Nicole and Michelle realized there was no good reason why they shouldn’t just start writing songs together already. With six songs ready, Rikki and Michelle recorded their tracks in Los Angeles and then Nicole and Christina tracked their parts in Phoenix. Arizona producer Bob Hoag (The Format, Dear And The Headlights, The Ataris) then masterfully stirred the mess together over a piping hot console. The result is two smoking 10” vinyl EPs full of garage riffs, girl-group harmonies, fuzz bass, farfisa organ, badass drum fills, and all-around lo-fi-turned-hi-fi goodness.Soon after their October 2016 debut EP release, the singles “Running Through Your Lies” and “Revolution” enjoyed instant radio airplay, “Take What I Need” was selected by Sirius/XM’s Underground Garage channel as “The Coolest Song In The World” and author Stephen King even tweeted about the band. By the end of 2016, The Darts had played their first shows around the Western US and had signed with London’s Dirty Water Records (Dirty Fences, MFC Chicken, King Salami, Archie and The Bunkers, Muck and The Mires, The Morlocks). In 2017, the band toured the Southern US, were featured on CBS (Dallas), performed on PBS Houston, signed deals with licensing companies Media Horse (US) and Wipe Out Music (UK), toured with Weird Omen (FR), toured Europe, including an appearance at the Cosmic Trip Festival, arranged US tours with The Jackets (CH) and Escobar (FR), and got numerous offers for European events and festivals in 2018.Me.Ow., the band’s upcoming full-length record, will be released in September 2017 on pink vinyl by Dirty Water Records, along with a vinyl re-release of the first two EPs as one full-length album. The band has produced two DIY music videos to date and plans to release three more by Fall 2017.
ROTTIES are a Rock'n'Roll foursome from Portland, OR. Dueling female vocals. Headbanger riffs. In
your face intensity that just won't quit! ROTTIES have appeared on stage with acts as diverse as punk
legends the Zero Boys and filth-shock queen Christeene. They have an appeal that transcends genre,
uniting punks, metal heads, hipsters, skaters, queers, and babes.
In 2013 the band released their first album Pacific North Waste to rave reviews. ROTTIES have toured
extensively since then, ripping up road from Canada to Mexico promoting the album. They also
released a music video for Skinny Puppies, directed by Brett Roberts, that documents their days as
high school hooligans.
ROTTIES is the name of the band's self titled second studio album, released in April 2016 by Hardcore
Mermaid Music. It showcases a more mature sound, one that balances faster, catchier songs with
moments of quiet tension. Look for more music videos, tour dates, and bad behavior coming soon!