The method is simple.
Listen to an AC/DC album and write songs that have the vibe from that album. It’s been “Airbourne’s” template for the first four albums, so why change it for album number five.
But on the album, I would like to add a few other Australian bands like Rose Tattoo, Screaming Jets and The Angels to that list of influences.
“Boneshaker” was released on 25 October 2019, produced by Dave Cobb which was a surprise choice, considering his big production credits involve Chris Stapleton and “The Star Is Born” soundtrack. But the band wanted to work with Cobb based on an album he did for a small obscure band called “Black Robot”. Check out their 2009 album to hear a pretty cool slab of AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Airbourne is still underpinned by brothers Joel O’Keefe on Vocals/Lead Guitar and Ryan O’Keefe on drums. Justin Street is on bass and new dude Matthew Harrison is on guitar.
This track wouldn’t be out of place on an early Y&T album. Maybe because they have the lyric, “Earthshaker” after “Boneshaker”.
Burnout the Nitro
It has a country twang to it, but played through a distorted amp, in sounds rock and roll.
“Racing down the highway” instantly brings back memories of “Long Way To The Top”. And that’s basically the vibe of the song, a cross between “Long Way”, “Shoot To Thrill”, “Let There Be Rock” and “Whole Lotta Rosie”. If you are going to be influenced by AC/DC, you might as well be influenced by some of their biggest songs.
This Is Our City
“This is our city, lets rock and roll”. And the live show is summed up in a simple line.
Sex To Go
Great title and perfect for the fast paced social media lives we live in. At 2 minutes and 34 seconds, it’s probably just enough time to have fast food take away sex. And how can you not go past a lyric like “all I want is your apple pie”.
In the words of Sammy Hagar in “Good Enough”, I’ll have some of that.
“Long Way To The Top” makes another comeback. And I like it
Blood In The Water
A groovy “Whole Lotta Rosie”.
She Gives Me Hell
Being on the wrong side of a toxic relationship sets up the lyrical foundation over a musical influence from “Highway To Hell”.
The speed rock and roll is back and I like it.
Weapon Of War
The slow blues grit and groove is back for a song about war vets.
Rock ‘n’ Roll For Life
The fast “Let There Be Rock” vibe is back.
Rock and Roll along with all things Metal is a life style. Once you are in. you are always in. You might dabble in other genres but you’ll always come back. Because Rock N Roll is for life.
After 30 minutes and 36 seconds the album is over like fast food. Music on the go. Concise and straight to the point, there is no confusion as to what Airbourne is. A highly efficient and lean rock and roll band.
With no ballads.
4 thoughts on “Australian Method Series: Airbourne – Boneshaker”
Wow with Cobb at the dials I need to check this one out…These guys are great live as I hope some day they wind there way back here…
“This track wouldn’t be out of place on an early Y&T album. Maybe because they have the lyric, “Earthshaker” after “Boneshaker”.
Close call I thought we were going Down For The Count! bahaha
I was trying to find a connection to the Down For The Count album but I couldn’t. So i settled on Earthshaker.
bahaha..course you tried!
The Australian Method sounds like Harrison’s mating technique.
Stop me if I’ve made this joke before.