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AIRBOURNE

NO GUTS. NO GLORY.
Released March 2010

 

 

You don’t need me to tell you that Airbourne have a fetishistic tendency to sound more than a little bit like AC/DC – they make no secret of their obsession with that great Aussie band, and shruggingly accept comparisons with an admirable nonchalance.

 

What you do need to know, however, is that Airbourne f*cking rock! 

 

“No Guts No Glory” – much like its predecessor “Running Wild” – is pure distilled Bon Scott era Accadacca in all it’s unapologetic feral, bogan glory.  Throw in a dangerously unhealthy serve of the energy and pub-rock menace of early Rose Tattoo, dirty blue jeans and black t-shirts and a collection of “us against the world” songs, and you have a party waiting to happen.

 

None of this would work, of course, if it wasn’t so damn vibrant and in your face, and its Airbourne’s brazen conviction that ensures they rise well above being mere copyists.

 

‘No Way But The Hard Way’ is a song Brian Johnson would be proud to sing, ‘Blonde, Bad & Beautiful’ is a rollicking ode to a nasty (female) piece of work, and just about everything else here will sound great in a sweaty beer barn or a football stadium festival field alike.

 

It does get a little much by the 18th song, though, and you can’t help but hope the band spice things up a little and include a little variation on album number three before their fans attention spans may fizzle out.

 

Mind you – look at AC/DC…!

 

 

Shane