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Album Review

With their debut album, Runnin' Wild, Melbourne, Australia's Airbourne add their name to a long list of Aussie and non-Aussie bands earnestly beholden to hard rock godfathers AC/DC. Although good timing may be on their side because, inevitable charges of cloning notwithstanding, there's arguably never been a greater need for fresh blood like Airbourne to come along and revive this hallowed form of basic, pub-born, boogie rock & roll. After all, 2007 marks the seventh anniversary (or, more appropriately, the seven year itch) since AC/DC delivered a studio album of their own, and that was the career lowlight Stiff Upper Lip, containing one great single and a lot of filler. So when compounded with Airbourne's natural, no-fuss songwriting instincts, even the most cynical of fans will likely be happy to put their suspicions aside, and simply enjoy the Runnin' Wild ride for what it's worth. And what it's worth, dear friends, is classic hard rock gold (if not platinum) epitomized by blue collar, straightforward, pint-lifting anthems like the title track, "Heartbreaker," and the rousing introduction of "Stand Up for Rock & Roll." Interestingly, along with instrumentally spare, mid-paced offerings such as "Diamond in the Rough," "Fat City," "What's Eating You," and even first single "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast," Airbourne's overall aesthetic draws as much from Brian Johnson-era AC/DC as the more commonly emulated Bon Scott — and perhaps this too is what helps to distinguish them from their more hopelessly indebted predecessors (hello, Rhino Bucket!). In any case, the biting attack brought to bear by lead shrieker and guitarist Joel O'Keeffe and his crew rarely falls short of electrifying results, but there's obviously an incrementally spine-tingling energy to be found in the album's faster-paced, hard-driving offerings such as "Blackjack," "Girls in Black," "Let's Ride" and the aforementioned title track. Finally, those still refusing to overlook the band's AC/DC-isms and focus on the songs are challenged to keep a smile off their faces during "Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women," which, like the rest of Runnin' Wild reminds us that it's really sort of stupid (and pointless) to resist the uplifting power of rock & roll, and therefore Airbourne themselves. 'Nuff said — sometimes surprise is overrated — let's rock!

Customer Reviews

Great stuff

Nothing like a solid in-your-face album, guaranteed to give you a speeding ticket on a road trip.

Next AC/DC

these guys have the making of the next ac/dc. its not cuz they have a similar sound its because they flat out rock!! i heard these guys just after this album was released and became a fan. the top 5 songs by these guys are: Runnin Wild, Diamond in the Rough, Girls in Black, Let's Ride (that song was realesed only in austraillia. Hellfire was used instead of Let's Ride over here) and Too Much Too Young Too Fast. Overall an AMAZING album by a great up and coming band. ROCK ON AIRBOURNE!!! (next album set to come out this year)

Quiet Riot Fans Take Notice....

THIS is the real deal. I am 40 and I listened to enough good music to know it when I hear it. This is the way Rock'n'Roll should be! I know a lot of people are comparing this guy to Brian you-know-who, but no. This guy can sing. BJ gets a nod from me, he always did, but this guy is fresh new and kickin' it old school style. Nice to see. Maybe all them there yougins' have got some taste eh? LOL! This is good. (OH right - you can actually download this guys music here on iTunes unlike the alternating and direct current burn outs. Man the money they are missing. Stupid them.)


Formed: 2004 in Warrnambool, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Airbourne are a straightforward rock band in the Aussie pub rock tradition of AC/DC, the Angels, and Rose Tattoo: four guys with beers in hand who would rather die than be caught wearing a pink shirt. The brothers Joel and Ryan O'Keeffe grew up in the country town of Warrnambool, with a collection of classic Australian rock albums stolen from their uncle. When everyone around them was listening to contemporary music, they were firmly entrenched in the music of the '70s and '80s they longed to re-create....
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