It is natural for a band’s sound to develop and morph over the years, and The Living End have been moving in this direction for a while now, but the debates have already begun over whether this change is a mellowing or maturing of the group’s music. Guitarist and vocalist, Chris Cheney, has made it clear which side of that argument he comes down on, challenging “anyone to come to a show of ours now and say it’s in any way mellowed or watered down from what we once were”, and Shift has been pitched as an angry, aggressive, album. To be honest I’m not feeling it and, for my money, 2011’s The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating better conveys a sense of anger.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 21st May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.