"Modern Artillery" (Reprise; 2004)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Australian pop punk - this is good stuff! The guitar is going all the time and when a nasty solo comes through it's got kicking rights. There is some alternative music contained within but most of the time it's rockabilly with pop punk as the main course.

This trio is tight and you might think Green Day after a while but there are some choruses that set them apart from pure punk. They have good harmony and these guys have played with Australian rockers AC/DC along with other Aussie artists. They charted from 1997 to 2004 on JJJ (triple J) which is an Australian radio station that leans toward alternative music.

For pop punk standards this disc is almost 50 minutes of music with 14 songs enclosed and each song has a great riff with cool vocals. The drums are quick and they keep a solid pace while Chris Cheney scratches out some tasty guitar. This is one of those finds that hits you by surprise.

The Living End: Chris Cheney - vocals, guitar; Scott Owen - double bass, vocals; Andy Strachan drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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