Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Complaints Department Endorses YET Another New Band: Airbourne

They aren't necessarily new, but they are ass kickin' great! I really have chalked up today's music as being full of nothing but fluff and bitch slaps to the music industry, however, from time to time a band comes along and...shakes things up a bit and I am one who takes notice of such things. BEHOLD: AIRBOURNE! Australia's newest export. These guys have a sound that is currently lacking in severe quantities today. I've got a chance to hear more of their material and it totally rocks! But hey, don't take my word for it, see and hear for yourselves:

Runnin' Wild

Anytime you can put Lemmy from Motorhead in the driver's seat(literally in this case) you will definitely get my attention and ever so eager ear. These guys evoke memories of a very young Metallica with the "no polish, just in your face" approach to Heavy Metal. Take a gander at this:

Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast

I have made an endorsement in the past, it's a trend I may just continue to help quelch my chronic complaints of today's music. Fuck you Kurt Cobain, you didn't completely polish off Heavy Metal...and it's making a come back, like it or not.



That's some damn good rock n roll!! Rock on!! :-)

dr sardonicus said...

Kurt Cobain was the last of the oldschool rock 'n' rollers. Apples and oranges. If you're looking for somebody to blame, blame those crappy-ass 80's hair bands.

Complaint Department Manager said...

Kurt created the gundge sound and that got the ball rolling for crappy music.I hear nothing old school in his music. Gee doc, you still mad because Aerosmith is 10 times better when they're on drugs? Same could be said for Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, etc...

NEW RULE: Any musician who is found going through rehab gets 1(and only 1) shot at putting out a decent album while clean and sober, if it tanks, they either quit or go back on drugs.

Coby said...

Motorhead is my kind of music! Lemmy rulz! great post!

dr sardonicus said...

Gee doc, you still mad because Aerosmith is 10 times better when they're on drugs?

Well, I'm glad someone reads my stuff...

Actually, in a way you give Kurt Cobain a lot more credit than I do when you say he created the grunge sound. Cobain didn't create jack. Grunge has been around almost forever, at least back to the garage bands of the 60's. The Seattle scene in the 90's was just one of those back-to-basics movements that rock periodically goes through. Now, the soft/loud/soft thing wasn't being used much before Nirvana came along, and is presumably the source of your displeasure, and you've got a point there. But I'd argue anytime that Nirvana hasn't inspired nearly the amount of shitty music that Black Sabbath did.

Now, if you want to get real oldschool, the opening riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a direct descendant of Chuck Berry (as is 3/4 of all rock guitar, so that's not saying a whole lot). The lyrics to that song simply update "School Days" into the 90's, complete with appropriate angst. Another of Cobain's chief inspirations was John Lennon, as "About A Girl" made obvious. There's also Nirvana's cover of "The Man Who Sold The World", although David Bowie is another musician who has a lot to answer for.

Cobain's big genius was that he was the swaggering beautiful loser, a kid without a great deal of natural talent who racked up a couple of big hits and then offed himself before anyone figured out he was a joke. A great American story just like James Dean. As it is written, there is truly nothing new under the sun. Especially in rock 'n' roll.

(And if I had been married to Courtney Love, I'd have killed myself too.)