There have been hell-raising rock n' roll bands before, but Airbourne have taken the good-times, bad-boys, party-animal strut to a new level on their latest studio album, Breakin' Outta Hell.
The Australian band, led by brothers Joel (vocals/guitar) and Ryan O'Keeffe (drums) together with David Roads (guitar/vocals) and Justin Street (bass/vocals), have always gone where the beers are cool, the girls are hot and the music can never be too loud and proud. Now, with their fourth album, Breakin' Outta Hell, their first for Spinefarm Records, the band is going to take you to a place where you will have the best Friday/Saturday night ever - no matter where you are or what day of the week it actually is.
The song which most vividly sums up the immortal, feel-good spirit of the album is, 'It's All For Rock N' Roll', a number inspired by the late, great Lemmy, who is also featured in the songs video, posthumously. "We toured a lot with Motorhead," said Airbourne frontman Joel O'Keeffe, "We were thinking about what Lemmy did and then it all started to roll in...Keith Moon, Bon Scott, the same kinda guys. They lived hard and played rock n' roll their whole life. So this is a song that pays tribute to them and to the people who give their lives to rock n' roll."
"It's All For Rock N' Roll" was written about Lemmy, a man the band looked up to, befriended and loved, having shared stages with Motorhead on numerous occasions over their decade-plus career, both in Europe and Australia. When they needed someone to drive a large truck (recklessly, of course) in their "Runnin' Wild" video (in 2007), Lemmy was the first name on the list, and he duly obliged with a memorable, authority-baitin' cameo.
Motorhead's famous "Bomber" lighting rig, a noted part of 'Head history since the late '70s, was enthusiastically lent to Airbourne by the Motorhead camp, adding real emotional weight to both the "It's All For Rock N' Roll" clip and the song itself - an anthemic number recorded to honor one of rock's most revered and influential figures, and also to celebrate the hard rock genre as a whole, the loyalty and the legacy.
"When Motorhead played, Lemmy was there for the fans and the fans were there for him. It didn't matter what was happening in the world at that point, because Motorhead was onstage; the crew had everything dialed in, and the crowd were there and lovin' it - all for rock n' roll. Whenever we were on tour, we looked forward to seeing the festival posters with the big Motorhead logo on there, and now there's just a big black hole. Lemmy meant so much to us, and so much to rock n' roll itself..."
Breakin' Outta Hell is the latest chapter in the story of a band living the life with an ambition that burns like a forest fire. The new Airbourne songs kick harder and dig deeper than ever in the search for the ultimate rock n' roll truth. "The things that drove us from Day One are the same things that drive us now," Joel says. "We've kept the foot on the floor and never looked back. You hear this record and you just forget all your worries. No ballads, no bullshit. Sometimes people talk to us about rock n' roll clichés, but that word isn't in our dictionary. It's all about celebrating what's great about rock, the classic elements, and why would you want to reinvent something that's classic, like a Jack Daniels and Coke? All you can do to make it better is have a double!"
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