Formed early in the new millenium by Joel O'Keeffe on vocals and his younger brother, Ryan, on drums, Airbourne hails from the rural Victorian town of Warrnambool, AUSTRALIA.
Instantly convinced that their futures lay in Rock 'n' Roll, it would take the O'Keeffe brothers several years to find like-minded musicians in their hometown. After a few false starts that saw the band perform as a three-piece with a now long-gone bass player, Joel was introduced to guitarist David Roads when the two worked at the Hotel Warrnambool. Bringing their guitars to work and after their shifts, jamming on song ideas, Roads was soon asked to join the O'Keeffe brothers for a jam at their house. Bassist Justin Street completed the picture in 2003.
One year later the quartet released the appropriately-titled "Ready
To Rock", their 8-track EP debut.
Already having slayed audiences on the main stage at the 2006 Big Day Out, Airbourne have also shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Motley Crue, The Living End to name drop a few. In 2006 the group got their biggest break yet when, after a huge amount of interest from several international labels, they relocated to Los Angeles to begin work on what would become their first full-length album, "Runnin' Wild"; the 11-song set was released in Australia in June 2007 and worldwide in early 2008 on Roadrunner Records. It debuted at #106 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart highlighted by two energetic Hot Mainstream Rock hits, the first single, "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast", peaked at #16 on the Billboard chart and the title-track fell just shy of reaching the top 20. "Runnin' Wild", which was an acclaimed record lauded by critics in Australia, where it became a top 20 album, contained another single, the minor hit "Diamond In The Rough".
Airbourne issued its sophomore album, "No Guts, No Glory", in March 2010, it quickly catapulted into the top 20 in Australia and reached #90 on The Billboard 200 in U.S. where the first single, "No Way But The Hard Way", charted within the top 30 of The Mainstream Rock list. This track became enormously successful in Canada peaking at #2 on the Active Rock chart and was followed by another Rock radio top 10 hit, "Blonde, Bad And Beautiful", while "No Guts, No Glory" itself rocketed up to #11 on the Top Canadian Albums chart.
The Australian hard-rockers unveils the inaugural tune, "Live It Up", in promotion for third album, "Black Dog Barking", due May 21, 2013, via Roadrunner Records.