AUSSIE ROCKERS AIRBOURNE CONSCRIPT FRESH BLOOD AS THEY PREPARE TO “BREAK (BACK) OUTTA HELL”
AIRBOURNE are pleased to confirm that guitarist and their longtime staunch mate Matt “Harri”Harrison has now joined their ranks; this comes in the wake of longstanding band member David Roads’ decision to depart the world of rock ‘n’roll for (quite literally) green pastures.
Roads’ has been a part of the ever-growing Airbourne story across four studio albums and extensive global touring, helping to establish the band, formed by brothers Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe in Warrnambool, Regional Victoria Australia 2003 and completed by bassist Justin Street, as one of the hard rock domain’s most potent live outfits.
Of Roads’ exit, the band stated, “Roadsy has always loved rural Australia, his second passion being his family farm, and now he has decided to return to his roots to work alongside his father in the family business. We wish him well on his future endeavors. As the old saying goes, ‘You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.’ We say, ‘Good on ya, mate, well-played and good luck!,” the band said.
“Now to the future, and it’s all guns blazing foot to the floor,” remaining members Joel, Ryan, and Street said. “In the coming months, we look forward to introducing you to our new Airbourne Brother, he’s our long time staunch mate Harri ‘The Riff Doctor’ Harrison. Possessing a gifted Rock ‘n’ Roll right hand motor, he already ‘fits in like a well-greased piston into a V8’ and we are all pumped to be bringing his powerful locomotive-like rhythm with us to rock the summer festivals! Cheers and see ya soon, rockers.”
Roads offered this farewell to fans: “Many thanks to all the fans. It has been an absolute pleasure rocking out with you guys over the years. It was great to be a part of this wild Airbourne ride! Cheers!”
Airbourne have proven a true force of nature with latest album, Breakin’ Outta Hell, released by Spinefarm Records in September 2016, achieving their highest ever week-one chart positions worldwide.
DARKE COMPLEX DROP “ONE OF US” VIDEO
Darke Complex, who remain on the road in support of their Spinefarm debut Point Oblivion, have dropped the Justin Reich-directed video for “One of Us.” The video originally premiered via Kerrang!
PURSON RELEASE FINAL SINGLE “CHOCOLATE MONEY”
PURSON are officially no more.
After a career spanning five years, two studio albums, one EP, a number of singles and videos, plus live shows and festivals in both Europe and America, including a full U.S. run guesting with Ghost, the acclaimed, award-winning, ever-flamboyant UK outfit have decided to call a halt to proceedings.
Singer and guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, the creative force behind the project and the one who provided both the songs and the vision while playing most of the instruments in the studio, had this to say about Purson’s split.
“The past five years have been an unforgettable whirlwind, for which I have to thank our wonderful fans around the world, the band, and all the people who have contributed to Purson’s success over the years. Their support has been overwhelming, but the Purson framework has gone as far as it could go, and now it’s simply time to move on. I feel strongly drawn to a more DIY approach to my career in music, and look forward to the freedom to explore many avenues as a solo artist.”
As a way of going out with a (glam rock) bang, Spinefarm Records released a farewell Purson single on April 21.
“Chocolate Money” was and produced and mixed by Cunningham and John Mitchell (Steven Wilson, It Bites). The song features guest contributions from Jon Seagroatt (Comus) on saxophone and Vodun frontwoman Chantelle Brown on backing vocals. It also boasts wickedly tongue-in-cheek lyrics, taking in “cocoa casanova,” “raison d’etre cake,” and more. The song joyfully celebrates an era when bands like Slade and Wizard ruled the charts, Top of the Pops was essential viewing and vinyl was king.
“‘Chocolate Money’ is a snapshot of the ostentatious decadence of the ’70s,” said Cunningham. “The mythical rock star character with his double-entendre and self-centred hedonism. The industry has become a very different world since then, which is something I will expand on lyrically with my next album. It has inspired my desire to go back to basics and remember what music is supposed to be about.”
“Chocolate Money” does not live on Purson’s last album Desire’s Magic Theatre, which is out now.