The Living End
Wild Roses, Ghost Town Hangmen
400 S. First Street
San Jose, CA, 95113
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Living End
In the mid-'90s post-punk era that gave the world groups like Offspring, Rancid, and the Presidents of the United States, Australia found itself the "punkabilly" the Living End -- rockabilly with a punk attitude.
The Living End started out jamming together and playing covers under the name Runaway Boys (after the Stray Cats song). Singer Chris Cheney had an obsession with the Stray Cats, to the point where once he found Scott Owen to form a group with, he talked piano-playing Owen into learning stand-up bass à la his American favorites. They met though their older sisters while attending the same high school, Wheelers Hill Secondary College in Melbourne. Until they left school they went though a succession of drummers, developing a healthy following and reputation in Melbourne's active rockabilly scene.
While that scene gave the renamed the Living End a couple of gigs a week, they quickly outgrew it, both in popularity and attitude. With 1995's EP/mini album Hellbound, they turned their back on '50s rock revivalism and adapted that instrumentation to original songs steeped in U.K. punk. Their next EP, 1996's It's for Your Own Good, provided the first alternative radio breakthrough with the song "From Here on In." During the six months the EP spent on the indie charts, they changed drummers for Travis Dempsey, still in rockabilly style, standing up at his kit.
The group now found themselves in such demand that they felt they needed a quick release to tide themselves over while touring. They recorded new songs, "Second Solution" and "Prisoner of Society"; continued the theme with their version of the theme from a cult Australian TV series Prisoner; and added live versions of songs from the Hellbound days their new fans might not have caught up with. The resulting EP was expected to equal From Here on In's success on the alternative scene. It did far better. "Second Solution/Prisoner of Society" was the biggest selling Australian-made "single" of the entire '90s decade. It spent 37 weeks in the mainstream Top 40.
When the Living End released their self-titled first album in October 1998, it entered the sales charts at number one and sold platinum. After global tours, the band issued Roll On in early 2001
At the age of 17, Marc Orrell joined his favorite punk band playing lead guitar, piano, accordion, and banjo for Boston natives Dropkick Murphys. Marc wrote music and toured with DKM cranking out anthemic Irish punk rock melodies for eight years.
After leaving Dropkick Murphys to concentrate on different styles of music, Marc transplanted himself from Worcester, MA to Los Angeles, CA to start a project of his own singing and playing guitar in Wild Roses.
Whilst punk rock at heart Wild Roses is also influenced by the music of Ryan Adams, Rolling Stones and The Replacements.
In 2013 a three track EP entitled "Denim" was released that had more of a gritty 70's rock style to it. The EP was laid down at "Dave's Room" in North Hollywood where they worked with producer Dave Bianco with whom Marc worked with when Dave engineered and co-produced the Dropkick Murphys album "The Warrior's Code" and the band's ubiquitous hit, "I'm Shipping Up To Boston".
Marc wrangled up the sharpest players in Los Angeles to fuel his barroom sound. Featuring, Chris Cheney, Jeff Roffredo, JC August, and Sean "The Wolf" Winchester.
Wild Roses hillbilly barroom blues style has been described in many ways from Americana to alt-country to rock n' roll to hillbilly. Unwilling to be pigeon holed into any one genre their songs are often played in different ways or with different keys and sometimes different instrumentations. Breaking down their sets, shifting from energetic acoustic foot stomping sing-a-longs with pedal steel and upright bass moving into rhythmic dance rock no-brainers with Hammond organ and electric guitar.
Ghost Town Hangmen
Formed in the late fall of 2009, Ghost Town Hangmen is a promising punkabilly trio that is sure to blow you away with their bold, upbeat rhythms and catchy lyrics. Their unique sound combines punk influences and Beatle-like songwriting with a rockabilly twist that is energizing and just plain fun. This only becomes more apparent upon listening to their brand new, self-titled album which will undoubtedly have you singing along and attempting a 1950's jive before you even make it past the first track. The well-dressed trio has wasted no time in hitting the bay area music scene, sharing the stage on several occasions with the likes of Santa Cruz favorites "The Chop Tops", "Three Bad Jacks", and "Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys", to name a few. They are also highly anticipating opening up for the popular rockabilly band "The Reverend Horton Heat" and "The Swinging Utters" in the summer of 2011. Fronted by two singer/songwriters, GTH combines dynamic song writing skills and lyrical abilities to guarantee a new level of enthusiasm for all rock genre lovers. GTH's songs "the Water's Rising", "Mean Ass Man", and "If I Had a Dollar" have also been showcased on several bay area radio stations. This punkabilly machine's high-energy performances always leave fans and newcomers thirsting for more. Ghost Town Hangmen will be bringing a new level of rock n' roll to a town near you soon. You don't want to miss this.