AIRBOURNE Frontman Says JET And WOLFMOTHER Are 'Carbon Copies' And 'Not For Real'

November 27, 2007

Joel O'Keefe, lead singer and guitarist for Australian "pub rockers" AIRBOURNE, recently explained to exactly what separates his band from the rest of the Aussie pack.

"JET and WOLFMOTHER are not for real. We are," he said. "That's the difference. They're not for real. They're doing it to be cool, and you can tell. They're starting to lose their fire. They're not Aussie pub rock. You can tell an Aussie pub rock band from a mile away. Like ROSE TATTOO, for example, that's an Aussie pub rock band. AC/DC were an Aussie pub rock band with Bon Scott. WOLFMOTHER and JET are a bad example of rock that comes out of Australia. They're just carbon copies of something they want... they're wannabes. They're like 'American Idol' or something like that. They're not legit."

Roadrunner Records will release AIRBOURNE's "Runnin' Wild" debut in North America on January 29, and O'Keefe is confident that his band will be able to translate the success they've enjoyed in Australia, where the record was released in the summer. That's something that other Aussie rockers like POWDERFINGER and SILVERCHAIR haven't been fully able to do.

"Well, POWDERFINGER and SILVERCHAIR, one important thing, they're both not rock 'n' roll bands," O'Keefe said. "Two, they're not concentrating on those markets enough.

"They got families back home in Australia and they don't get out over there as much as we intend to. We intend to move [to the U.S.] for good. Australia will become a tourist destination for us. We're all going to live in a house together. We've been living in Melbourne together as a band for three years. Our production manager is coming with us, so there's going to be five of us in the house."


AIRBOURNE's "Diamond in the Rough" video can be viewed below:

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