Album Review-Airbourne: BoneShaker “Aussie Pub rock lives on!”

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Airbourne are and always have been the modern equivalent to ACDC in their peak prime. In the live circuit especially, these boys have prevailed since their debut “Running Wild” way back in 2007. Now we are in 2019, twelve years later with album number five entitled “BoneShaker”. Up to this point Airbourne have kept their Aussie sound in full tact with more polish from record to record with “Breaking Outta Hell” being sonically a very hard hitting album. However, with this new album, they decide to go a way more raw route.

It would be foolish to describe song by song as they are all pure sex, drugs and rock n roll but the sound is definitely a lot more organic with the band virtually sounding like they are recording live in a  garage. The guitars aren’t necessarily boosted in the mix and are running almost along side the bass and drums a lot of the time. The solo’s are still great as ever but they cut like chainsaws throughout the album more roughly than I think they have on any other release and I love it. Some of my favorites are the title track, the scorching “Burnout The Nitro” and the heavy grooving “Weapon Of War” among pretty much every other song. They still remain as consistent as they ever have

Airbourne are at their core pure simplicity and if you didn’t enjoy them before you sure as hell wont enjoy them now. While they are trudging repeated grounds they are at the same time keeping the four to the floor rock n roll sound of the old days alive in spades and this record shows it with warts and all. The more organic sound definitely makes this record stand out a bit more as it sounds almost like it could have been an independent release and from this band it sounds just as good as their more polished work. 8 out of 10 check it out!

Rock In Peace Malcolm Young….

 

 

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Its around nine or ten at night. Your 9 year old self is flipping through the channels until you land on a VH1 Classic block of rock videos. A video for ACDC’s “Hells Bells” comes on and you are immediately intrigued. A hard rocking band embraces a dark lit stage with ecstatic Schoolboy guitarist Angus Young and  Beanie wearing Brian Johnson commanding front and center. However on the back line with a bright white Gretsch Falcon thumping his one leg to the beat was the long haired almost Ramones-esque looking Malcolm Young. As somber as he was, his presence always intrigued me. He would sit and bounce to the beat of the song and walk up with the equally solid rhythmic Cliff Williams for simple sounding back up vocals only to return right back to the back line of the stage. it was almost as if he was a machine playing to the song. This was my first taste of ever watching any live footage of this band in my life. I was familiar with them of course with hearing “Back In Black” very early in my youth but seeing how they were in a live sense was awe inspiring.

Soon enough, my first CD I ever bought was “Let There Be Rock” on vacation in Texas and hearing this album front to back with headphones was a memory I could never forget. I soon followed with buying every album, dvd or any thing I could get my hands on I was obsessed. Learning more and more about how Malcolm was essentially what really made the band tick was the best part as it was his dirty rough but simple rhythm playing was what caught my ears in the first place. Listening deeper and deeper it was easier to see how his playing held the band together, it was just that tight that he could play a riff and everyone would follow through. However, what he taught me most was sticking to your guns and don’t be afraid to do it. He kept the band from falling away from their hard rock roots all the way until he left the band in 2014. He was the reason I really wanted to pick up a guitar and just riff. While Angus was the flashier up front player that every lead guitarist wanted to be, Malcolm was the brains. He knew rhythm to a science and knew how make every song in their catalog really tick. Listen to earlier songs like “Overdose” and “Night Prowler” to later songs such as “Fire Your Guns” and even a majority of the songs of Stiff Upper Lip are led by those solid rhythm sections. And now he has left us and is playing that beat up Gretsch in the sky…

We’ll miss you Mal, the music is forever here and we’ll always remember you as one of the most solid rhythm guitarist to grace the earth. Rock In Peace from a true fan.