Airbourne are the kind of classic Rock/Metal act that I love: they rock like it’s still 1988, and they don’t give a shit what anybody else thinks. The Australian foursome have a mastery of Rock N Roll that just oozes out of every riff.
They cite all the classic rock bands in their blurb – Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, but they really churn out the riffs like AC/DC. In fact, in another life, these guys could have been an AC/DC cover band. Add to that, there’s a stunning resemblance to modern rockers The Darkness (not the prettiest band on the block, comprised of two brothers, awesome rock chops).
Airbourne have been together since 2003, and received Metal Hammer’s Best Debut Album award in 2008 for Runnin’ Wild. The band is made up of vocalist/lead guitarist Joel O’Keeffe, drummer Ryan O’Keeffe, guitarist David Roads and bassist Justin Street.
They’re currently in the release cycle for their follow-up album No Guts, No Glory. In fact, they’re playing a gig in Belfast tonight (which I could’ve gone to – hint hint!). Check out the video for No Way But The Hard Way, one of the tracks on the new album:
Yes, the classic wall of Marshall amps! The sweaty dudes with cool guitars! Is that a sweatband on your wrist, mate? Damn right.
I love it – this is good old fashioned, utterly dumb, good time rock music. Yes, the naysayers will criticise Airbourne for being every cliche in the book. They’d be missing the point. There’s always going to be a place for bands giving us a new spin on the music we grew up with. Airbourne are flying the flag for authentic, party-rock tunes.
I salute them.