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Living End "butchered" and"murdered" on The Voice

The Living End have ‘praised’ the Matt Hetherington’s performance of White Noise on last night’s edition of The Voice calling it a “killer rendition”.

Rock singer Hetherington is a member of Team Delta (as she’s the obvious coach for any aspiring Living End covers singer) and has been busy defending the Arcade Fire loving singer from criticisms that she’s bland and contrived. He told the Herald Sun that he’s “delighted to be on Delta’s team. She is very generous, encouraging, nurturing and supportive. I have spoken to Delta about the criticism. There is no doubt that some of the hate and criticism does hurt (her) a bit.”

While The Living End’s review could be read to suggest the song is currently being tortured in a secretive Egyptian prison cell, band’s manager Rae Harvey was far less ambiguous in her criticism claiming that the song was “butchered” and even suggesting that The Voice set should be cordoned off as a crime scene following the cover performance.

We look forward to hearing Harvey’s reviews when The Voice contestants cover other acts in her management stable. Maybe a version of 360’s Boys Like You from Team Delta for all ‘the haters’? Or perhaps a take on Children Collide’s Social Currency sung by Guy Sebastian’s brother?

And for no particularly good reason here’s Delta rocking out to Arcade Fire:


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Jamezwm said on the 15th May, 2012

Please leave Delta alone. She rocks

edit: cunce


MorningAfterboy said on the 15th May, 2012

Ironic photos with pop stars are the new black. Righteous.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 15th May, 2012

Don't forget the hiphop t-shirt that proves his widespread music taste cred.


sarcasm_mister said on the 15th May, 2012

Living End have butchered and murdered themselves on their last few albums.


Jamezwm said on the 15th May, 2012

I have some photoshop love for you in store


RobotsCanCry said on the 15th May, 2012



OneGiantLeap said on the 15th May, 2012

mean-spirited cynicism =/= good music critiquing. i always liked fl because i thought it was about supporting good aussie music, not shitting on everyone they deem not good/indie enough. hell, i thought the performance was really not suited to the bloke's voice, but big deal. tle gave him a shout out to support him, they liked it, there's not really a story here, other than the general australian tall poppy syndrome, which is what consistently kills off the careers of promising aussie musicians, indie and otherwise. it sucks to see fl promoting the same attitude that kills off new and existing artists and holds our musicians back from any kind of success.


berlinchair101 said on the 15th May, 2012

I don't think FL is being mean spirited in the article.

TLE's manager hacked on something that TLE had just endorsed, and lets face it that tweet was written by someone at inertia (I think that's their label) to get the people who tweet about the voice to think about TLE.

So, I'd say from that conflict of opinions in the same camp there is some newsworthyness.


MorningAfterboy said on the 16th May, 2012


"Ugh. You GUYS. SO not happy about being mean to the guy from The Voice. SO not happy. NOT cool."


gumbuoy said on the 16th May, 2012

Name one musician whose career has been killed off PURELY by tall poppy syndrome.

Surely, by definition, we only hate tall poppies because they're getting the most attention, so their careers should be fine.

What I do love though is how every time some hate is shown towards someone who is popular, it's written off as tall poppy whatever.


berlinchair101 said on the 16th May, 2012

Lay off OneGiantLeap guys! This is tall poppy syndrome in full effect!


grattan said on the 17th May, 2012

From the Crucial music newsletter:

THE LIVING END were embroiled in a little controversy this week concerning Australia's newest talent TV show - The Voice. A tweet from @thelivingendaus praised contestant Matt for his rendition of White Noise on Monday night's show. Some media were obviously confused by manager Rae Harvey's conflicting view that Matt's performance was rubbish, with articles like this popping up. TLE tweeted again on Tuesday saying: "A lot of chat about @TheVoiceAU guess we'd rather build someone up than publicly rip them down everyone is entitled to their own opinion...… for the record, Andy thought Matt butchered White Noise last night on @TheVoiceAU too. TLE HQ" All in all, a pretty amusing little episode...

In other news, the band revealed last month that they have something cooking for announcement soon, and that the announcement will be one of very epic proportions. The Living End don't do things by halves so we're excited to see what these mysterious revelations are.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 17th May, 2012

A slot at Big Day Out, Splendour, Meredith, Falls, Southbound, Laneway, Parklife, Good Vibes, Stereosonic and they're curating All Tomorrow's Parties Australia 2013!


berlinchair101 said on the 17th May, 2012

All Tomorrows Parties Australia 2012

Curated by The Living End.
Featuring Grinspoon, Bluejuice, Hilltop Hoods, The Cat Empire, Empire of the Sun, Bernard Fanning, John Buttler Trio, Birds Of Tokyo, Gyroscope, Grinspoon, Bluejuice, Hilltop Hoods, The Cat Empire, Empire of the Sun, Bernard Fanning, John Buttler Trio, Birds Of Tokyo, Gyroscope, Grinspoon, Bluejuice, Hilltop Hoods, The Cat Empire, Empire of the Sun, Bernard Fanning, John Buttler Trio, Birds Of Tokyo, Gyroscope,Grinspoon, Bluejuice, Hilltop Hoods, The Cat Empire, Empire of the Sun, Bernard Fanning, John Buttler Trio, Birds Of Tokyo, Gyroscope


MorningAfterboy said on the 17th May, 2012

+ Daryl Braithwaite (DJ set)


coyotegirl said on the 18th May, 2012

i agree with what onegiantleap said. what i like about the voice is that it celebrates the fantastic talent in people, rather than other media, magazines, etc that just focuses on problems, dysfunction and negativity. the young artists on the voice are just finding their feet as performers, so why bring them down with such harsh criticism?


grattan said on the 18th May, 2012

The band's management didn't like the cover. The evil media reported it.

Oh, and the "young artist on the voice just finding his feet" is 41 years old.

His bio:

Matt Hetherington is being tipped as the next big thing to come out of Australia. Matt Hetherington's extraordinary voice has earned him exceptional reviews. His live band appearances and his live theatre performances have placed him in high demand both in his homeland of Australia and overseas. In August 2004, Matt Hetherington received the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his performance as the star in the critically acclaimed The Full Monty.

In August 2003, Matt Hetherington played Lieutenant Joe Cable in the Rogers & Hammerstein classic South Pacific to a sold-out season at Melbourne’s State Theatre. In 2002, Matt Hetherington appeared as Berger, the Hippy Tribe leader, in the 60s rock musical Hair. His performance earned him a Green Room Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. In April 2003, Matt Hetherington again starred as Berger this time in the Australian Tour of Hair, directed by Aussie icon and 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Creative Director, David Atkins. Matt Hetherington received a MO Award nomination for this performance.

Matt Hetherington is well known to many people from his many years of live band work with his band Matt Hetherington & Beyond Belief. Matt graduated from the highly respected Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 1996. His theatrical credits include: South Pacific; Hair; Potsie in Happy Days - The Arena Spectacular; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The New Rocky Horror Show; The Boy From Oz (original workshop); The Wind In The Willows; Big River (awarded best actor by the Victorian Musical Theatre Guild); and After The Beep (a new Australian musical). In 1999 Matt wrote and starred in his one-man show It’s A Mad World Of… at the Carlton Courthouse theatre.

Matt Hetherington's television credits include: Stingers; Marshall Law; and Sea Change. Matt Hetherington has worked extensively as a band singer. He has appeared as a guest artist on: GMA with Bert Newton, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Denise, IMT, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and In Melbourne Today with Ernie Sigley. For the last couple of years his band: Matt Hetherington & Beyond Belief has been widely regarded as the best corporate act in the country. As a guest vocalist with the Peter Sullivan Big Band, Matt was requested to perform for the Prime Minister at the opening of the Olympic Swimming Centre in Sydney.


batdan said on the 18th May, 2012

Its all about Matt. I love you Matt. Matt is the best.


grattan said on the 29th May, 2012

Pretty sure Delta's just fucking with us all now - check out this mess from last night:


shazie said on the 29th May, 2012

Was walking by a TV and saw that on, almost made me cry about how bad it was.


daveyac8881 said on the 29th May, 2012

I actually thought that was pretty good, it could have been a lot worse. It'd definitely better than Tori Amos's version. If you forget what the original sounds like it's not bad, I'm normally not a fan of that girl.


shazie said on the 29th May, 2012

It's like saying let's get them to do an emotional cover of Killing in the Name next .


daveyac8881 said on the 29th May, 2012

It could work if it sounded absolutely nothing like Killing in the Name, why not?