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Cast your mind back to 2003, and you'll remember good old-fashioned riff-heavy rock was in a sorry state.
Nu metal and lo-fi garage indie had swept through and taken over the world, with first Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit et al and then The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Vines, and, well, The justaboutanythings clogging up the airwaves. While The Darkness sowed the seeds for a classic rock revival in the UK, over in Australia it was Joel O’Keeffe and Airbourne who were flying the flag for massive, chest-beating, leave-your-brains-at-the-door riffery.
Joel recalls: “When we started it was one of the hardest times for rock ‘n’ roll, we were just standing on our own for a long time just doing what we were doing.”
Ten years and three albums later, the Aussie barnstormers show no sign of slowing. Their particularly potent cocktail of AC/DC’s riffs and er…more of AC/DC’s riffs shows that O’Keeffe and co have a keen ear for a killer guitar lick, so it made perfect sense to ask the Airbourne mainman just who he pins as the finest riffers on the planet...