Airbourne will release their fifth studio album Boneshaker on October 25th via Spinefarm Records. The band revealed the cover artwork for BONESHAKER, which was a collaboration between Matt Read of Combustion Ltd, and Sean Tidy of Design House Studio Ltd.

On the topic of the artwork, guitarist Matthew Harrison states: “The whole sentiment we were after was about rock n’ roll for life. We wanted to create something tattoo worthy, and that the artwork was classic and stood the test of time.”

With the creation of Boneshaker, all-action Aussie rockers Airbourne decided to take the bolder path; to align with Nashville’s Number One producer, Dave Cobb, whose credits include both Chris Stapleton and the ‘Star Is Born’ soundtrack, as a way of staking out new turf away from comfort zones and safe havens…

“It’s a live gig in the studio. This is always something we wanted to do – find a way to bring the soul and power of an Airbourne live show into an album. Cobb caught our lightning and put it in a bottle.” states bandleader Joel O’Keeffe.

Relocating to historic Studio A on Nashville’s Music Row, six-time Grammy Award-winning producer 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 Australia’s legendary Albert’s house of ‘Oz Rock’ that inspired the band so much.

There are no weird tangents here, no un-called for asides, no messin’ about. This is straight-down-the-line pure rock ‘n’ roll drama smelling of burnt rubber, spilt gasoline and valves glowing red hot. No ballads, no acoustic guitars, no keyboards. 10 tracks, 30 minutes of music. Everything lean an’ lethal, stripped to the bone, to those essential elements that rock ‘n’ roll requires to properly do its work: raging guitars, pounding bass ‘n’ bass, vocals packed full of real personality – the kind of passion that only comes from willfully pursuing a life on the line.

Pre-orders for Airbourne’s fifth studio album Boneshaker are now live, with an instant download of the first single & album title-track and special bundle options including t-shirts, hoodies, enamel badge and poster. Boneshaker was premiered live at Wacken 2019 in front of 80k+ people, their fourth time at the legendary festival, which felt like a homecoming for the band. Order your copy HERE.

 

As always, you can find Airbourne on the road. They will be crisscrossing the planet, in true Airbourne fashion until 2022.

“We are pumped about playing these new songs live, it’s always cool to do that first tour on the album cycle, especially that first run of shows. The first time you hear people singing the words back at you to a new song, it makes us really appreciate how much our Airbourne family around the world supports us. “ states drummer, Ryan O’Keeffe. “2020 is already shaping up to be a jam packed year.”

Airbourne Live Dates 2019:

23.08 – Reload Festival – DE

24.08 – Le Cabaret Vert – FR

24.09 – Ucho – Gdynia PL

25.09 – Proxima – Warsaw PL

26.09 – Kwadrat – Kraków PL

28.09 – Club Zal – St Petersburg RU

29.09 – Station Hall – Moscow RU

02.10 – Roxy – Prague CZ [SOLD OUT]

04.10 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen DK [SOLD OUT]

05.10 – Münchenbryggeriet – Stockholm SE

07.10 – Pakkahuone – Tampere FI

08.10 – Circus – Helsinki FI

10.10 – Rockefeller – Oslo NO

11.10 – Trädgår’n – Gothenburg SE [SOLD OUT]

12.10 – Voxhall – Aarhus DK [SOLD OUT]

15.10 – Melkweg – Amsterdam NL

16.10 – Trix – Antwerp BE

17.10 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg FR [SOLD OUT]

19.10 – La Cigale – Paris FR [SOLD OUT]

20.10 – La Cigale – Paris FR [SOLD OUT]

22.10 – Santana 27 – Bilbao ES

24.10 – Paris 15 – Málaga ES

25.10 – La Riviera – Madrid ES

26.10 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona ES

28.10 – La Paloma – Nimes FR [SOLD OUT]

29.10 – Alcatraz – Milan IT

31.10 – Komplex – Zurich CH

01.11 – Haus Auensee – Leipzig DE

02.11 – Orpheum – Graz AT

03.11 – Tonhalle – Munich DE [SOLD OUT]

05.11 – Barba Negra – Budapest HU

06.11 – Arena – Vienna AT

07.11 – Columbiahalle – Berlin DE

09.11 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden DE [SOLD OUT]

10.11 – E-Werk – Cologne DE [SOLD OUT]

13.11 – UEA – Norwich UK

14.11 – Rock City – Nottingham UK

16.11 – Academy – Manchester UK

17.11 – O2 Academy – Newcastle UK

18.11 – Beach Ballroom – Aberdeen UK

20.11 – Ironworks – Inverness UK

21.11 – Barrowlands – Glasgow UK

22.11 – O2 Academy – Liverpool UK

24.11 – Cardiff University – Cardiff UK

25.11 – O2 Academy – Bristol UK

26.11 – O2 Forum – London UK

28.11 – O2 Academy – Sheffield UK

29.11 – O2 Guildhall – Southampton UK

30.11 – O2 Academy – Oxford UK

2020:

04.01 – Summernats – Canberra AU

08.02 – RAC Arena – Perth AU*

11.02 – AEC Theatre – Adelaide AU*

14.02 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne AU*

15.02 – Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney AU*

18.02 – Entertainment Centre – Brisbane AU*

20.02 – The Trusts Arena – Auckland NZ*

22.02 – Horncastle Arena – Christchurch NZ*

* Denotes Special Guest on Alice Cooper dates

For 2020 and beyond – watch this space…

Being together as a band for almost 40 years now – I guess it’s safe to say that D-A-D would have to be very comfortable in their own skins to have survived quite so long.
It’s hardly surprising then that ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ the band’s first new studio record in eight years is grounded in this ethos, the band having graduated from their humble Disneyland After Dark cow-punk beginnings into major label arena rock contenders who then, through their own hard work and helpyourselfishness, managed to survive the onset of grunge when most hard rockers perished through to eventually becoming the band they are today and have been since the release of ‘Everything Glows’ back in 2000. An album which coincidently not only saw the band change their name to D-A-D but also saw the band’s newest member Laust Sonne join the core trio of the band (singer/guitarist Jesper Binzer, bassist Stig Pedersen and guitarist Jacob Binzer) behind the drum kit.
So, what does almost two decades of being (this version of) D-A-D actually sound like?
Well, remember those days when new albums by the likes of Aerosmith and AC/DC used to leave you thrilled and wanting more? That’s instantly how I felt about ‘A Prayer For The Loud’, as both those hard rock giants sprung to mind during the first couple of spins, but of course this is always going to be a D-A-D record what with the instantly recognisable rich and raspy vocal tones of Jesper Binzer ever present and ready to strike.
Of the eleven new cuts on offer here at least nine of them are total bangers, pure four to the floor rock n roll music, with even glimpses of the mighty Gluecifer and The Cult (circa ‘Electric’/’Sonic Temple’) creeping into the mix during the simply immense ‘The Real Me’.

The album itself gets off to a blazing start with ‘Burning Star’ and the throbbing ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ and I challenge anyone to listen to either of these tracks and not draw an immediate arc back to the band’s commercial peak (here in the UK) of ‘No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims’ and ‘Riskin’ It All’, two albums that any connoisseur of quality guitar-driven rock music will have had in their collections for decades now.

Elsewhere with ‘Musical Chairs’ which crops up just past the halfway mark, the guys have written the song Airbourne have been searching for since they floundered for a sound to take them to the next level, whilst ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ and ‘The Sky Is Made Of Blues’ are the perfect soundtrack for top-down summer driving.

Of the two slower moments on ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ album closer ‘If The World Just’ is my preferred choice over ‘A Drug For The Heart’ purely because the latter sails a little too close to a certain Backyard Babies track for its own good, albeit with Jesper at the mic this is much more Aerosmith than Social Distortion ballad territory.

Kudos must also be given here to the production team of Nick Foss and Rune Nissen Petersen who have taken heavy hitters like ‘No Doubt About It’, ‘Time Is A Train’ and ‘Happy Days In Hell’ and given then an enormous sound that instantly fills your head with rock ‘n’ roll melodies that will live with you for days, no make that years, to come.
I’m not entirely sure why I’m so surprised by how amazing ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ is because D-A-D have always produced quality albums, it’s just this one is right up there with their very best work and is as a said at the beginning of this review the sound of a band very comfortable in their own skins.

Hands down this is the best classic/traditional (label it what you will) album I’ve heard in 2019.
BUY IT!!!!

Author: Johnny Hayward

Buy ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ Here