State of Emergency (The Living End album)

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State of Emergency
State of Emergency (The Living End album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by The Living End
Released 4 February 2006 (2006-02-04)
Studio 301 Studios, Byron Bay
Genre Punk rock, rock, punkabilly
Length 51:45
Label EMI, Adeline
Producer Nick Launay
The Living End chronology
From Here On In
State of Emergency
White Noise
The Living End video chronology
From Here on In: The DVD 1997–2004
How to Make an Album and Influence People
Live at Festival Hall
Singles from State of Emergency
  1. "What's on Your Radio"
    Released: 21 November 2005
  2. "Wake Up"
    Released: 20 February 2006
  3. "Long Live the Weekend"
    Released: 20 May 2006
  4. "Nothing Lasts Forever"
    Released: 19 August 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (93%) [1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2] 4.5/5 stars
Q 3/5 stars

State of Emergency is the fourth studio album by Australian punk rock band The Living End. It was released in Australia on 4 February 2006, in New Zealand on 6 February and in Japan in May 2006. The album was released in the United States and Canada on 11 July 2006. It debuted in the number one position on the ARIA charts. The first single off the album was "What's on Your Radio" which was released on 20 November 2005. The follow-up single, "Wake Up" was released on 18 February 2006, and debuted at number 5 on the ARIA charts, making it the highest single debut position for The Living End (not including the double A-side "Second Solution" / "Prisoner of Society").

The limited edition comes with a DVD, documenting the stages of making the album and shows footage of their performances, including the band as The Longnecks and at Splendour in the Grass. The band also released a live DVD of the State of Emergency Tour, Live at Festival Hall. A limited edition vinyl of the album was released and is limited to 500 copies worldwide.

ARIA publicized that State of Emergency had officially achieved 2x Platinum status in Australia in November 2007. This was a great achievement as all of their other album releases were simultaneously awarded a higher accreditation. The album is now their second highest selling behind the efforts of their record-breaking debut.

Before recording[edit]

In December 2005, The Living End, as The Longnecks, played gigs in Sydney featuring tracks from the album. This was to test out audience reactions to new songs in order to ready themselves for the Big Day Out. Tracks were also given a live airing in festivals of late 2005 and early 2006, such as the 2005 Homebake festival at The Domain, Sydney.

The Living End played at Splendour in the Grass, a music festival in Byron Bay the day before they were due to start recording State of Emergency. 301 Studios was literally across the road from where they were playing. Band members decided that if they got positive reactions during their performance, they'd do well producing the record and be in the right frame of mind to do so.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by C. Cheney, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "'Til the End" 4:27
2. "Long Live the Weekend" 2:54
3. "No Way Out" 2:40
4. "We Want More" 3:41
5. "Wake Up" 4:31
6. "What's on Your Radio" 3:02
7. "Nothing Lasts Forever" 4:52
8. "One Step Behind" 4:20
9. "Reborn" 3:49
10. "Order of the Day" 3:38
11. "Nowhere Town" 4:06
12. "State of Emergency" 2:58
13. "Black Cat" (C. Cheney, S. Owen) 3:45
14. "Into the Red" 3:08
Total length: 51:45

How to Make an Album and Influence People[edit]

How to Make an Album and Influence People is a documentary DVD covering the making of State of Emergency, live and behind the scenes footage of the band. Starting from laying down the basic tracks in a practice studio, to the re-introduction of Nick Launay (producer of the band's seconds studio album, Roll On) and playing a gig at Splendour in the Grass in 2005, before heading to the studio to record and mix the album. The DVD came as a bonus with the limited edition album.


Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia 4 February 2006 EMI CD, digital download 3 52985 2
United States and Canada 11 July 2006
United Kingdom 13 August 2007


Preceded by
Reach Out: The Motown Record
by Human Nature
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
13–19 February 2006
Succeeded by
Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George
by Jack Johnson