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A couple of months ago a not-to-be-named journalist of a all so familiar e-zine gets the assignment to review the latest Australian sensation Airbourne. And he wrote "Right from the get go it's clear that these guys must have ransacked unreleased vintage studio material of AC/DC, 'cause this really sounds like AC/DC in its finest moment. The album rocks like the best of them and tracks like 'Runnin' Wild', 'Blackjack', 'Heartbreaker' and 'Stand Up For Rock'N' Roll' are genuine ball breakers." Yep, that journalist was me, and it will not come as a surprise that I thought up some questions for these geezers from Down Under. Singer Joel O'Keeffe took a couple of minutes during the European tour to give some answers.

By: Frank D. | Archive under hardrock / aor

band imageFor those who don't know you, how would you introduce yourself?
Well, we're Airbourne from Australia, we play some nasty Australian pub-rock that will get everyone's head banging.

Coming from rural Australia through Melbourne landing a record deal in the US….that's a trip. Can you tell me more about that career?
We hail from a town called Warrnambool in Australia. We (Ryan and Joel) have been playing together for way too long, around 8 or 9 years now. There wasn't that much to do in Warrnambool besides school and partying, so starting a band seemed like a pretty good idea. Justin and Dave joined us later on, and we tried to play a lot of shows in the area and later on in Melbourne. We all moved to Melbourne so we could play more shows over there and in other places in Australia. Apparently Roadrunner thought that we were good enough to be on their label, and we moved over to the USA because it's just much easier to work from there regarding logistics and everything. And now we're playing all over the world, so we can't complain!

Listening to 'Runnin' Wild' I hear a typical Aussi band. Of course, one could point at the impact of AC/DC on your music, but still, it seems that you have to come from down under to get this raw blues-rock feeling in there. Why do Australian bands have that?
We're not sure if you need to be Australian for that kind of sound, but it's true that the Australian kind of raw pub-rock is something you don't see anywhere else. It's mostly music about having a great time, a great beer and a party, and we love all that stuff.

Is the name that bands like AC/DC and Rose Tattoo have build in the world an advantage or a disadvantage for you as a band?
It's a big advantage, since both of them aren't that active these days. If you like your rock music 'down and dirty' you will also like us. And getting compared to those bands is a compliment to begin with!

One of my favorite tracks is 'Blackjack' which kind of reminds me of 'Throwing The Dog A Bone' of AC/DC. Do you recognize that?
Actually, its “Giving the dog a Bone” hehehe. But to be honest we can't really see the similarities in that one, but maybe it's because we've been drinking.

Another outstanding track is 'Runnin' Wild'. Can you tell a little bit more about how that song came to live?
Haha, well it's pretty simple, just trying to have good times after a shitty relationship. Our lyrics aren't that deep so probably a lot of guys and girls will relate to it.

Reviewers and fans all over the world will pass verdict on the new album in the weeks and months to come. Does that affect you? Do you ever read reviews for example?
We try to keep up with it just because we are interested in what people have to say. So far, most of it is pretty positive, but in the end it doesn't really matter because even a bad review will still make people curious. But yeah, we'd rather see positive news about Airbourne!

You have quiet some concerts under your belt, what was the most memorable?
We played with the Rolling Stones; that was pretty much the most awesome thing we've ever managed to do.

Now, just say you guys got stranded on a deserted island and you could bring only one woman, one record and one drink with you, what woman, record and drink would that be?
The drink will definitely be a bottle of Jack Daniels. A Metallica record. And for the woman…there are too much of them to choose from!

Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?
Check out our album 'Runnin' Wild' and make sure to support rock 'n' roll!

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