Soon after the big shot at the major leagues, it was time to show the talent that had gotten the band that far, and they released the Prisoner of Society EP on their first-ever deal, and it went on to becoming Australian single of the year. Punk Rock and Rockabilly influences were very clear, and the overall sound of the record is reminiscent of the Green Day sound they had just experienced in a privileged position. The album peaked n° 4 in the ARIA charts, selling 140,000 copies which made it double-platinum and granted them a slot to open for another major California punk band, The Offspring on their Australian tour. This time no small package was needed. The EP didn’t stop there, it appeared in the 200 UK chart and reached an astonishing 23 spot on the Billboard chart too. In Australia, it won the Highest-Selling Single category at the 1998 ARIA Awards and became the highest selling of the decade lasting an astonishing 47 weeks in the top 50.
“A huge success.”
Modular Records signed the band, and they went on to record the album of their lives, they were at that point, the hottest band in the country with only some EPs. The self-titled album was a huge success, and it debuted at N°1 in the ARIA album charts. It was released on October 12th, 1998, and by 1999 it was certified as four times platinum with the incredible amount of 280,000 units, twice as much as the EP did. “The Living End” is the second highest-selling rock debut album in Australian history. A total of six singles were released from the album, and all went to perform well at the charts in both Australia and New Zealand. The album appeared as 57 in the book..
The 100 best Australian albums.
“The second album.”
ROLLING ON TO THE SECOND AND PLAYING THE US
“Roll On” was the band´s second album, and while it didn´t do so well in sales as their debut (70,000 units), it was compared to The Clash´s “London Calling” by no other than The Rolling Stone Magazine. The composing maturity of the band had reached a new level, and the album´s two singles “Roll On” and “Pictures in the Mirror” made it to the Top 20 both in Australia and New Zealand. The title track also peaked 33 on the Billboard Alternative Chart. The album opened the opportunity to play the classic Conan O´Brien, and David Letterman shows.
“The newer strong force.”
MODERN ARTILLERY AND THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA
The beginning of a new era for a rocking trio is the replacement of a member. The band sounded astonishingly tight with former drummer Travis Demsey who left due to heavy touring. New material brought a newer strong force to the mix, and drummer Andy Strachan bangs the drums heavily indeed. The album had two versions, an international and an Australian one featuring a DVD with exclusive material and video footage. It achieved platinum status in Australia in all its versions and three singles came out of it: “One said to the other”, “Who´s gonna save us?” and “Tabloid magazine”. All of them appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart but only “Who´s gonna save us” got past top 20 and it was featured on Hot Modern Tracks, a section in the US Billboard Chart as well as in the soundtrack of Michael Moore´s movie “Fahrenheit 911”.
“The State of Emergency album.”
STATE OF EMERGENCY, THEY’RE GOING UP!
The band´s following album “State of Emergency” (2006) debuted number one on the ARIA charts and reached top 40 in New Zealand and Billboard´s Alternative songs chart. The album was released in the US through Billy Joe Armstrong´s label, and the band won several Jack Awards for Best Live TV Performance, Best Live Band, and individually Best Drummer (Strachan) and Best Performer (Cheney). Their follow up was named “White Noise” (2008) and peaked at N°2 in the ARIA charts. The band itself was thrilled with the results, naming it the best album of their career to that date. They also received Australia´s most prestigious award to a songwriter: The ARIA Best Song of the Year Award in 2008.
“Sold more than one million records.”
THE LONG ROAD HERE
After recording and releasing five albums, they made two more records “The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating” (2011) and “Shift” (2016) playing on tour and huge stages. They have sold more than one million records and received more than 25 nominations for ARIA awards and are still today one of Australia´s most successful acts.