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Airbourne - 2008 Runnin' Wild

ARTIST: Airbourne
ALBUM: Runnin' Wild
LABEL: Roadrunner
SERIAL: RR 7963-8
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Joel O'Keeffe - vocals, lead guitar * Ryan O'Keeffe - drums * David Roads - guitar, backing vocals * Justin Street - bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stand Up For Rock N Roll * 02 Runnin' Wild * 03 Too Much Too Young Too Fast * 04 Diamond In The Rough * 05 Fat City * 06 Blackjack * 07 Whats Eatin You * 08 Girls In Black * 09 Cheap Wine And Cheaper Women * 10 Heartbreaker * 11 Lets Ride



Warrnambool Australia is hardly the place of legends in terms of Australian folklore. No famous racehorses have come from here, nor are there any famous bottles of rum named after this place, unlike a certain little town in Queensland. However, what Warrnambool can lay claim to is sprouting new Aussie rock stars in-the-making - Airbourne. Being bottled up in a small Victorian country town was not the place to entertain thoughts of world domination. So off down state to Melbourne they moved, and during 2004/05 the quartet played all over that big city, even supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones and Motley Crue, and undertaking national tours with the likes of Jimmy Barnes and others. By 2006, the band moved to the USA, and worked with god-like producer Bob Marlette to work up the songs that would make it onto their first album. Airbourne also utilised well known engineer Andy Wallace to mix the album. By mid 2007, the band had been signed by Roadrunner Records, afer being courted by many labels leading up to that point. First discovered by many newbies on MySpace during 2007, their debut album 'Runnin' Wild' has finally hit the shelves in the USA and Europe during early 2008, after being available as an import only via EMI Australia in 2007.

The Songs
Their youthful energy and ripsnorting style of rock n roll is hardly new, but it does a merge 21st century band with classic rock ideals from the heydays of rock. Being Australian, it would be hard to ignore the AC/DC comparison, so I won't. But there are other figureheads in there too.. The Angels and The Four Horsemen being other notable contenders, but it doesn't stop there. Let's face it, with songtitles like 'Cheap Wine And Cheaper Women' and 'Blackjack' you just know these songs have been borne (or is that bourne?) from the drinking side of a typical Australian bar! The riffs are so familiar but so good to hear in a updated environment. Rabble rousers traverse the album from tracks 1 to 11. No room for sentiment and ballads here, just full-on Aussie rock n roll. Fist pumping anthems are rife - such as the title track 'Runnin' Wild' with it's crowd infused 'hey-hey-hey' chant likely to replace 'oi-oi-oi' as the anthem for Australian larrikins and those on their European OE's! Similarly, 'Girls In Black' is a track that is as amped as the energizer bunny on an eternal Eveready! Everywhere you go on this album, you will not get a breather..

In Summary
'Runnin 'Wild' is good gritty sweat soaked rock n roll. The band like to call it 'typical Aussie pub rock', but I'd suggest it's more than just that. The fact that Bob Marlette and Andy Wallace are involved ensures a high degree of professionalism and (from Marlette's viewpoint) - a significant dose of melody! For the old-heads bought up on a diet of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, this is the sort of stuff that'll bring a smile to your crusty old faces. Consider also that AC/DC appear to be ready to reconvene in 2008 after an eight-year layoff, and Rose Tattoo have also announced a heap of 2008 tour dates, all appears well on the aussie rock scene once again. As for Airbourne, no doubt all the North American audiences will soak it up while the band are on tour, and shortly after Europe will get a taste of Warrnambool's finest.. and it ain't in a pint glass either.

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#1 | vinyldinosaurus on March 03 2008 13:38:58
Nice review. Gonna see these guys in a small club on March 28th - can't wait!
#2 | rkbluez on March 06 2008 01:12:50
Good CD in the AC/DC vein but not a copycat. Good solid production and the guitarwork and vocals you'd expect from a band like Airborne. These Aussie's kick some serious ass so turn it up and let it rock.
#3 | george_the_jack on July 06 2008 19:21:04
Australian Hard rock in the vein of AC/DC.Pretty good album.
#4 | sabace on October 11 2008 17:33:04
good ac/dc type stuff, nothing new!
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