AIRBOURNE

(AUSTRALIA)

RUNNIN' WILD

(2008)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Rasping vocals
"Airbourne fully assumes its influences (AC/DC, The Angels, Rose Tattoo) in a record that smells like overheated asphalt and adulterated alcohol."
LOLOCELTIC (21.05.2008)  
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After Maeder and many others, here is a new band announced as the new AC/DC. As all predecessors have only partially met this expectation, it is entirely justified to take this announcement with the necessary reservations. And yet, it seems that we are finally getting the expected phenomenon. Coming straight from Australia (does that remind you of anyone?) and trained by the 2 brothers (another clue...) O'Keeffe, Airbourne delivers us a record that smells like overheated asphalt and adulterated alcohol.

And the 4 Australians don't waste any time. After the rise of the introduction of the well named "Stand Up For Rock'n' Roll", the data is clear. O'Keeffe Co. fully assumes its influences and these are national: AC/DC, The Angels, Rose Tattoo. Don't look for anything revolutionary, but buy yourself some good sneakers because your kicks will be intense. The only small downside could come from Joel's voice, a kind of mixture of Brian Johnson and Angry Anderson, which, without being unpleasant, remains a little too adjusted in the yelling mode and would have deserve some additional variations. For fans, the formula may sound like the legendary Johnny Crash, but where the ephemeral combo of the former Tokyo Blade singer varied the moods, Airbourne keeps its foot on the floor from start to finish.

When we know the importance of the Young brothers' gang in the genesis of Rose Tattoo and The Angels, it is normal to note that it is the dominant influence on the majority of the 11 titles of this "Runnin' Wild". "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast", "What's Eatin' You" and "Heartbreaker" seem to have come straight out of Angus' Gibson. Even the video of the first named offers us a choreography of the rhythm section that Malcolm Young and Cliff Williams would not deny. However, if these bases remain dominant, the intros of "Runnin' Wild" or "Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women" refer to those offered by Rick Brewster (The Angels) while Angry Anderson and his gang would not deny the fury of a "Stand Up For Rock'n' Roll" or a "Blackjack".

Let's bet that this little bomb will receive the welcome it deserves in our countries. Once the influences are well digested and Joel O'Keeffe's voice better mastered, it is likely that Airbourne will be able to carve out a prominent place for itself in the greasy Hard-Rock landscape.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Stand Up For Rock 'n' Roll - 4:01
02. Runnin' Wild - 3:38
03. Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast - 3:42
04. Diamond In The Rough - 2:54
05. Fat City - 3:26
06. Blackjack - 2:42
07. What's Eatin' You - 3:36
08. Girls In Black - 3:16
09. Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women - 3:10
10. Heartbreaker - 3:56
11. Let's Ride - 3:28

LINEUP:
David Roads: Guitares
Joel O'Keeffe: Chant / Guitares
Justin Street: Basse
Ryan O'Keeffe : Batterie
   
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