Can too much Airbourne be a bad thing? Considering how much I love this band, I would be very quick to answer “No”. On Airbourne’s new album, No Guts No Glory depending on which version of the CD you buy, you will get an unprecedented five bonus tracks. I don’t recall any band doing this recently, and definitely not with all new material. In this crappy economy, the special edition of No Guts, No Glory offers rock fans plenty of value and great songs to rock out to!
The opening riff of “Born To Kill” immediately brought Fastway to mind. For a second I thought Sammi Curr was going to jump through my speakers. Luckily this song blasts off quickly, and sounds like the kissing cousin of “Girls In Black”. This song captures Airbourne at an all time high. What a way to start off an album! WOW!
I have been rockin’ out to the first single “No Way But the Hard Way” for a month now. I love this song, but I found the video (see below) a little lacking.
“Blonde, Bad and Beautiful” ought to be another single off of this CD. This radio ready anthem should be another hit. The lyrics in this tune are great! “She is a wet drink in the desert of lust”….that is classic!
If there was a way to bottle the energy of Airbourne on songs like “Raise the Flag”, I don’t think we would need gas for our cars anymore. This is another great, up-tempo rocker. Airbourne is certainly raising the flag for Rock & Roll!
I don’t anything about Airbourne’s hometown of Warrnambool, but I am guessing that “Steel Town” was written about it. If not, the band may have managed to write a brand new anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This song is tailor-made for the NFL. I have a feeling we are going to be hearing this song for many years to come.
If I had to pick a favorite song off of No Guts, No Glory, “Get Busy Livin” would have to be it. This is a super catchy rocker, with a really cool riff. This ought to be a monster song for Airbourne.
I have only mentioned a few of the songs on No Guts, No Glory, but I did not find a bad tune on this CD. In my opinion, Airbourne is rocking as hard, and is releasing music as good as the bands that influenced them. I believe they have delivered a better disc than their classic debut, Runnin’ Wild. The bonus tracks make the Special Edition of No Guts, No Glory, the must own CD of 2010.
No Guts, No Glory will be released on April 20th! I highly recommend picking this one up!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Born To Kill
2. No Way But The Hard Way
3. Blonde, Bad and Beautiful
4. Raise The Flag
5. Bottom Of The Well
6. White Line Fever
7. It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over
8. Steel Town
9. Chewin’ The Fat
10. Get Busy Livin’
11. Armed And Dangerous
13. Back On The Bottle
14. Loaded Gun
15. My Dynamite Will Blow You Sky High (And Get Ya Moanin’ After Midnight)
16. Rattle Your Bones
17. Kickin’ It Old School
18. Devil’s Child
Yesterday, I stumbled upon this older picture of Angus Young.
I thought to myself, wow…this looks oddly familiar. Then I flipped through a picture I took of Joel O’Keefe from Airbourne. The resemblance in the two pictures is uncanny.
For whatever reason, I never caught the resemblance between Airbourne’s Joel O’Keefe and AC/DC’s Angus Young.
Airbourne posted the following bulletin this evening:
After 200+ shows this year, Joel’s suffering from strained vocal chords and is being forced under doctor’s orders to cancel the current USA dates with Motorhead. All that is needed is a couple of weeks rest & then the band will be back on the Road in Japan this Oct and then taking on a UK / Europe tour for the third time in ten months. The band is gutted that they can not play these shows with Motorhead & hope to see you all at a show soon.
Rock on & see you soon….
There were a few different bands that I wanted to see during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Indianapolis, but there were none that I wanted to see more than one of my new favorites, Airbourne.
I have seen Airbourne play twice already in 2008, once in Lexington, KY, and again in Cincinnati, Ohio. When it was time for Airbourne’s set, I made my way as close as I could get to the front of the stage. They didn’t draw the larger crowds that some of the cookie monster sounding bands had, but once Airbourne started playing, the crowd came in a hurry.
One of the bad things about the Mayhem festival is that each band on the side stages only got 30 – 40 minutes to play. For Airbourne it seemed closer to 30, but they made the best of it. Their short set included the tunes, “Stand Up For Rock ‘N’ Roll“, “Fat City“, “Girls in Black“, and “Running Wild“. During the middle of the song, “Girls in Black”, lead singer, and guitar player Joel O’Keefe jumped down into the crowd and continued to play while being surrounded in a pit of people. Not only was the cool, but it really got the crowd going. Their set may have been short, but it was certainly electric. Airbourne may be a newer band, but they know how to rock a crowd!
After the show, I was able to meet the members of Airbourne, and talk to Joel O’Keefe. Finally getting to meet Airbourne, was the highlight of the day so far at the Mayhem festival, but I still had a few more bands to watch before the day was out. I will post more on the other acts soon at the Mayhem festival soon. Until then, enjoy the live videos from Airbourne below.
Getting my hands on a copy of Airbourne’s debut, Running Wild has been one of 2007’s biggest ordering challenges. After a month of waiting and a few follow up calls to check on my order, the disc finally arrived in the mail. The $25,000 question is, was this disc worth the wait.
Damn straight it was! Running Wild could end up being one of my top hard rock CD’s of the year.
Airbourne’s style of music is easily compared to AC/DC type of party rock. These Aussie rockers do it right by coming out with a full disc of hard rocking tunes that totally kick ass! Songs that are full of great drumming, guitar solos, sing along choruses and massive energy. What more could you want?
Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll is the type of anthem that will get you off of your Barcalounger, make you throw your fist in the air, and scream “Hell Yeah”! This is a high energy rocker that will make you a new Airbourne fan on the first listen.
Runnin’ Wild is a catchy sing along anthem, that will give you whiplash from all of the headbanging you WILL be doing.
Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast is the first song that I ever heard by Airbourne. It only took one listen for me to start trying to find out more about this group. This is another sing along anthem that rocks hard.
If the first three videos above haven’t made you a fan yet, you have probably clicked on the Hard Rock Hideout address by accident.
Those of you that are still reading are probably asking, “how are the rest of the songs?” Without breaking the songs down any further, every single song on this record rocks. Their are no wimpy power ballads. There are no songs that you will want to skip. This is great party music all the way until the last song Let’s Ride.
WARNING!!After you listen to this disc, the first time, you may find yourself hitting repeat.
I have heard a lot of bands recreate the AC/DC sound over the years, and I think Airbourne does it better than most of them. Running Wild is a compact disc that will surpass the expectations of most hard rock fans. 80’s rock fans and AC/DC fans will love this.
You can pick this up at Impulse Music, CD Inzane, and a through the HRH storefront at Amazon.com. Go Get It!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll
2. Runnin’ Wild
3. Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast
4. Diamond in the Rough
5. Fat City
7. What’s Eatin’ You
8. Girls in Black
9. Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women
11. Let’s Ride
Joel O’Keeffe – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Ryan O’Keeffe – Drums
David Roads – Rhythm Guitar
Justin Street – Bass Guitar