Music Review Tuesday – Airbourne

05 Feb

It is once again Tuesday and time for another music review. Today I will be reviewing an album from a band who is “down under”. That’s right, they are from Melbourne, Australia but originally moved from Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. The band is Airbourne. They are a fairly new band. They released an eight track (visions of square plastic cartridges) EP in 2004 but, the album I am reviewing is their first full length album. The genre of Airbourne is categorized as pub-rock. I can summarize them down to one word, “attitude”, rock n’ roll attitude. They epitomize the attitude of the early to mid 1980’s arena rock bands. It has been said that Australia is a few years behind in pop-culture. But with this band, it’s almost as if they ignored the grunge rock phase America went through in the 1990’s. That grunge phase has effected many hard rock bands of today. The effect has made the lyrics and music darker and more moody. With Airborne, the classic “in your face” rock n’ roll attitude is back, alive and well.

The album title is “Runnin’ Wild” and was released to the U.S. on January 29th, 2008. “Alright people! Welcome to the show!” These are the first words heard as album starts with a guitar explosion in “Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll”. The music and sound are reminiscent of early AC/DC, as it is with many of the tracks on the album. “Runnin’ Wild” is the next track and is the also the album title. The song is definitely about young man angst about breaking up. The following song is the epitome of the “attitude” I spoke of earlier. It is called “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”. The chorus lyrics say it all:

Too much, Too young, Too fast
I’m gonna drink it up while it lasts
Too much, Too young, Too fast
I’m gonna tear it up so fill my glass

The next track “Diamond In the Rough” is such a simple rock song with some real good old rock n’ roll guitar. This is followed by “Fat City” which is “juiced up and ready” for a night of rock n’ roll.

Album highlights are “Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll”, “Runnin Wild”, “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”, “Blackjack” with it’s throbbing bass rhythm and crunching, munching guitars, “Girls In Black” sounds so much like classic AC/DC it could belong on any of their albums.

Ah … the good old days when all that mattered was banging your head. Beware, some of the lyrics glorify drinking, young lust, and young man angst. But they are indeed a refreshing guilty pleasure for the ears of those who are straight up, no holds barred, head bangers. I give the album four and a half stars out of five. I would’ve gladly given five but for the lyrics.

Check out the video for the song “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”.


Posted by on February 5, 2008 in Airbourne, Music Review, Runnin' Wild


6 responses to “Music Review Tuesday – Airbourne

  1. Really Robin

    February 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    These guys are waaaaay to AC/DC, Metallica for me. That aside, their sound is very 80’s metal band – and, for what it is, they do it well. The guitar, drum and vocals all hit just right for the genre.

    Not a CD I’ll be buying, but I know I’ll be listening to it just because we do share the same home stereo system!!


  2. laura

    February 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Luv this band, Runnin’ Wild is a great in-your-face rock album.
    The band is amazing live, wudn’t miss it for any reason.
    Airbourne are what r’n’r has been missing for years: just-for-fun- music.
    Nothing to do with current crap-style of ” r’n’r ” and nothing to do with 14min-long-solos.
    I will thank Airbourne 4ever as they are bringing back the spirit of rock n roll!

  3. barrydean

    February 16, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the comment Laura. I am pretty excited about this band. They are such a riff rich guitar enthusiastic band. I appreciate their simple, rock your face off, style of rock n’ roll.

  4. JT

    March 5, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Another great one. I’m planning to see them in concert next month with Endeverafter and Stonerider.

  5. barrydean

    March 6, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the comment JT. I checked out Endeverafter. I like their music a lot. I will check out Stonerider too. I am all for the return of those simple, in your face, rock n’ roll bands. So many bands now days whine about life. Hey kick the snot out of that stuff. Play more Airbourne. Rawk On!

  6. Rob Rockitt

    May 16, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Hi Barry,
    We must have similar tastes in music, as you have given high marks on a lot of the same stuff that I have.

    Glad you like Airbourne. JT and I saw Airbourne a couple of times in April and May. Stop by HRH and check out the videos sometime.

    If you haven’t picked up a copy of Stonerider yet, Trustkill Records has an awesome sale going on right now, where you can a new copy for $5.00.

    I have videos of Stonerider and Endeverafter too!

    Rob Rockitt
    Hard Rock Hideout


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