Out From Down Under

Aussie punks seek American airwaves

"When the offer came in, we knew they had the right vision for the band," Cheney says of Oakland-based Adeline Records, co-owned by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. The two have known each other since a cassette demo won the Living End a slot on the Australian leg of Green Day's 1995 tour.

"Everything just felt right about it," Cheney explains, dismissing any lingering concerns his band might have had about re-signing with an American label. "We've got to go with our heart these days. We've just got to go with what feels right.

"We worked damn hard to get where we are, and we're very successful in Australia and Japan," he continues. "I think there comes a point where you think, 'Well, we should be successful here [in the States].'

Time-warped: A new beginning for the Living End.
Time-warped: A new beginning for the Living End.

"Why can't we have a go at cracking this market?" he adds, laughing. "We're young enough and ugly enough to give it a shot."

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