Following their sell out Belfast show in August, Australian rock band Airbourne are pleased to announce a return to Belfast on Wednesday 07th June 2017 at The Limelight 1. The bands new album Breakin’ Outta Hell was released in September 2016.
There have been some hellraising rock ‘n’ roll bands, but Airbourne have taken the good-times, bad-boys, party-animal strut to a new level. The scrappy upstarts from Warrnambool – a country town about 3 hours from Melbourne, announced their arrival with 2007’s Runnin’ Wild, one of the most talked-about and best-reviewed debuts in recent hard rock history.
Metal Hammer handed them a Golden Gods Award for Best Debut Album and Classic Rock rightly hailed them Best New Band. Airbourne further marked their territory with the jaw-dropping follow up No Guts. No Glory cracking the Top 40 in the UK, the Top 20 in Australia and Billboard’s Top 200. After unrelenting global touring that included co-headlining the legendary Wacken Festival, 2013 brought the critically acclaimed Black Dog Barking into the world. The album reached #5 in Germany, Top 20 across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand; and Top 30 in Canada and the U.K. Black Dog Barking brought a sound that UK’s Metal Hammer suggested, “takes seconds to memorise and a lifetime to shake off.” After hundreds of shows, and hundreds of thousands of miles travelled on the road, Airbourne are ready for the next chapter: Breakin’ Outta Hell.
Breakin’ Outta Hell brings the band full circle, reuniting them with producer Bob Marlette, known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, and engineer/mixer Mike Fraser who has worked with the likes of Metallica and AC/DC. Marlette helmed Airbourne’s debut, Running Wild, and Fraser mixed the band’s 2nd album No Guts, No Glory. This was the bands “dream team”, and for the first time ever they recorded and mixed in their native Australia, with Marlettte and Fraser spending several months holed up with the band at the legendary Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne. Sonically, the record sets a new benchmark for Airbourne and the collection of songs taps into the band’s incredible energy and sense of armour-plated good humour, with a musical and lyrical vigour enriched by their experiences, both on and off the road.
Airbourne’s wild image and full-tilt approach tends to disguise the attention to detail that goes into every aspect of their music and performance. The original line-up has held together through thick and thin, and however far they push out the boat, they take great care to ensure that their nights of excess do not interfere with their ability to put on a top show.
Airbourne’s reputation as a live act is already legendary. With a wall of Marshall cabinets piled high and wide behind them, they put on a show that is as exhilarating as it is immense. Now that a generation of hard rock legends are nearing the end of the road and playing their final tours, Airbourne are more ready than ever to step up to the plate. Whether diving into the crowd or free-climbing the rigging, Joel is a frontman without fear. Indeed, some festival promoters have taken to wrapping the bases of any lighting towers in the vicinity of the stage in plastic sheeting to curb some of his more extreme antics.
There was a near-riot when Joel played a guitar solo 30 feet above the stage at the Download Festival in the UK, resulting in the power being switched off in an effort to get him down.
“I was taken to a police station in a trailer on the site after that,” Joel recalls. “The head copper was saying, ‘You can’t do this again. We’ll take your passport off you. We’ll fine you £40,000, it’s a serious offence’. I said, ‘OK, we won’t do it again’. And he goes, ‘Right. Now, another bit of business. I’ve got two CDs here. Could you sign them for my kids?’ I think he forgave us.”
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 songs kick harder and dig deeper than ever in the search for the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll truth. The album (released September 23rd via Spinefarm Records / Caroline Australia) has seen the Aussie rockers achieving their highest ever week-one chart positions worldwide, with Germany (No. 3) and UK (No. 9) leading the charge.
Tickets on sale Friday November 11th at 10am – buy yours here.