Airbourne – Boneshaker

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November 2019
Released: October 25th, 2019 / Spinefarm Records
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine


There are only two bands I have come across who take the AC/DC brand of rock-n-roll, tweaked it a bit, and made it their own. One of those bands is Broken Teeth, the other is Aussie natives Airbourne. The latter of the two is who we will be discussing briefly here.
BONESHAKER is the 5th album by Airbourne. Their album is nothing more than a stripped-down, in your face rock-n-roll sleigh-ride that does not seem to ease up from the album opener. The guys do not stray too far from their previous releases on this one. It is working so far so keep them coming. One of the only ways to really describe the content of this album is sex, drugs, sex, alcohol, sex, AD/DC rock-n-roll for life!
“Airbourne decided to take the bolder path; to align with arguably Nashville’s Number One producer, Dave Cobb, whose credits include both Chris Stapleon and the ‘Star Is Born’ soundtrack, as a way of staking out new turf, not just for themselves but for the hard rock genre per se… Relocating to historic Studio A on Nashville’s Music Row, Cobb’s natural home and one of Music City’s most prized creative hubs, the four musicians set themselves a challenge: to make a record cut from the same frayed cloth as those classic late-’70s recordings – from an age before technology was driving the show, when it was all about energy, spirit and on-the-spot performance; when tape machines still added that extra warmth an’ weight, and when the quest wasn’t for perfection, it was for tracks that connected on an emotional, primal, gut-level – in-your-face recordings laying bare the raw, ragged glory of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, and if the levels sometimes peaked into the danger zone, well, all the better. Turn it up! Leave a mark! When asked what he thought the album should be titled, Dave Cobb’s response was instant: “This is a f*kin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Record!” And you can see his point…”
There is no reason for those of you who down Airbourne for the closeness in sonic stylings to that of AC/DC. Airbourne is only doing what few others can these days. Make great hard-driving rock-n-roll that is fueled by a passion that can only truly be witnessed in a live setting. Until then, Airbourne is set to tear your city apart, just crank up the volume of any one of their releases and you will know what I am talking about.


1. Boneshaker
2. Burnout The Nitro
3. This Is Our City
4. Sex To Go
5. Backseat Boogie
6. Blood In The Water
7. She Gives Me Hell
8. Switchblade Angel
9. Weapon Of War
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll For Life

Joel O’Keeffe – Lead vocals, lead guitar
Justin Street – Bass guitar, backing vocals
Matt “Harri” Harrison – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Ryan O’Keeffe – Drums, percussion