Airbourne Interview With Joel O’Keefe

Have you guys ever considered doing a cover song and putting it on an album?

Maybe one day. Maybe like a live album. We might cover something like “Fortunate Son,” Creedence Clearwater Revival, or a Jimmy Barnes’, he’s an Australian artists, song; he’s got one called “Lay Down Your Guns.” It’s always something to think about. If we were gonna do a cover album, I reckon we’d do songs like “I Love it Loud” by KISS or “Whole Lot of Rosie” by AC/DC… Yeah, if someone said “do a cover album” I’d go, “yeah, fuck, let’s do one song off of every AC/DC record.”

Lyrically, someone could draw comparisons, but besides being a million times better, what enables Airbourne to maintain a public respect that a certain Canadian band isn’t able to get?

All I can say is that I’m still wearing the same jeans I wore 10 years ago when we started the band, we’re still lugging gear, we’re still doing that. We don’t sit down and write songs that make us think, “This will sound really great on the radio” or “This’ll be great for a Pepsi commercial.” We don’t think that way. Every time we write a song, the first thing we think is, “What’s the crowd going to think?” And we first think, the first pub we played at in Australia, “what would the 20 people think [who were there] 10 years ago think if we played this song to them now?” What would their reaction be? Would they go, “Ah, man, that’s kinda gay!” Well then we’re not gonna do that. Then we think, how are the 90,000 people at Wacken or Rock AM Ring or Rock AM Park going to take it. And the answer is, if they think it rocks in both places [referring back to the first pub], then, OK, we’re on to something.

What’s your favorite American beer?

Blue Ribbon.

You’ve stated a preference for a working-man’s beer, is that how you see yourself?

Absolutely, mate. I think that’s how we all see ourselves in this band. The time on stage that we get, that’s the fun bit, that’s the payoff for doing everything, you get to go on stage and play in front of people. That’s the only time we’re relaxed, and the rest of it is running around, doing a lot of stuff; because the band is pretty international we got to be up almost 24/7 talking to management in Australia, talking to guys in the UK, talking to guys in the U.S., and Japan.

How involved are you in the social media aspect?

Not a whole lot. I do the Twitter generally, but sometimes management will post something. [My phone] is in my back pocket and when I got a spare chance and I think of something, but I’m not one of those people who go, “OMG, I just brushed my teeth” or something stupid like that. But generally, we try to do that stuff as much as we can, but, it might be a little bit old-school, but we like to shake people’s hand after the show.

Do you have a favorite drinking story from the road to tell?

Ah, drinking story… let’s see… Where were we the other night? I can’t remember where we were, somewhere in the States, but we drank from 1 in the afternoon till 6 in the morning and we just went all over the town. We just went to all these great, little rock ‘n’ roll bars. We were on the way to do another gig and the bus had broken down, and we got stuck for about that exact amount of time, so we had the night off. I remember drinking, I was drinking Lynchburg Lager. It was this beer with a green label on it called Hap & Harry’s Lynchburg Lager and I remember going, “Ah, this is great!” It’s brewed in Tennessee, and I remember this guy told me Hap & Harry is one of those guys who was a friend of Jack Daniels back in the day, and the thing was Jack had the whisky and this guy had the beer. So, yeah, not the best story, and I just remember there was a shit load of great blues playing.

Airbourne’s music is timeless; where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Somewhere on the road, on a bus, driving to a gig… with a few extra trucks full of gear.

Rock Hard \m/

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