Airbourne wanted to call their fifth album This Is A Real F-cking Rock ’n’ Roll Record. Like their heroes AC/DC, Airbourne keep the formula simple: balls to the wall, fist in the air. No keyboards. No ballads.
Airbourne have gone from Warrnambool to the world over the past 15 years, showing there’s still an audience for the classics. Singer/guitarist Joel O’Keeffe is like Bon and Angus – a ball of energy in one electrifying package. Though his lyrics don’t quite match Bon’s cheeky wit, he has a wicked rock scream. His brother, Ryan, delivers the thundering drums, while Boneshaker showcases new guitarist Matt Harrison (ex-Palace Of The King).
Airbourne made the album in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb, but the vibe is Alberts in the ’70s – think AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and The Angels. With songs such as Sex To Go, She Gives Me Hell and Backseat Boogie, Boneshaker is not particularly woke – but it will wake the neighbours.
This Is Our City is a love song to Melbourne, while Rock ’n’ Roll For Life is a glorious musical manifesto. Simple is not easy, and you have to be clever to make Big Dumb Rock. Rock will never die while Airbourne are alive.
Boneshaker by Airbourne is out October 25 via Spinefarm/Caroline.
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