Airbourne — Runnin’ Wild

Time to bring back the leather and denim. Grease up the stripper poles and pull out the chaps from our closet. Airbourne has hit the American music scene with a throwback sound reminiscent of ACDC’s glory days.

When you pop “Running Wild” into your stereo, you’ll swear it’s ol’ Brian Johnson and the Young brothers pumping away at your speakers. It’s not. I could go on and on about how similar Airbourne’s sound is to ACDC, but the fact of the matter is that would be too easy, and my artistic and journalistic prowess demands more of me.

I’ll get back to the similarities later. Now for the business. “Running Wild” is a great driving album depending on what your definition of great is. I was clocked going 76 in a 55 by a state cop who didn’t give two shits that I was a writer on a mission. In other words, watch your speed while this is clawing away at your ears. It will be easy to get caught up in the energy of the moment.The surplus of energy is what makes Airbourne special. The nuclear meltdown begins during the opening riot “Stand Up for Rock and Roll” and continues on through the final track “Hellfire.” Each track stands on its own, but they all sound so similar to my ears that no track in particular stands out to me.

But that being said, it’s some of the best guitar work I have heard in a while. “Running Wild” is a guitar album, and it doesn’t let you forget it. The classic rock three-chord progression lends itself to some good ol’ head banging and foot stomping. “Running Wild” is blue-collar rock at its best. Keep and eye out for these guys in the near future.

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