Airbourne will release their fifth studio album Boneshaker on October 25 via Spinefarm Records / Caroline Australia. 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.
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.
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.”
Tuesday 11 February 2020 – AEC Theatre, Adelaide
Friday 14 February 2020 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 15 February 2020 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tuesday 18 February 2020 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Airbourne Are: Joel O’Keeffe (vocals/lead guitar), Matthew Harrison (guitar), Justin Street (bass), Ryan O’Keeffe (drums)
This is Airbourne.
Rock ‘n’ Roll For Life.
02. BURNOUT THE NITRO
03. THIS IS OUR CITY
04. SEX TO GO
05. BACKSEAT BOOGIE
06. BLOOD IN THE WATER
07. SHE GIVES ME HELL
08. SWITCHBLADE ANGEL
09. WEAPON OF WAR
10. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FOR LIFE