Brothers airborne

Warrnambool Standard 13th March 2003 - ©Copyright Warrnambool Standard  2003 All rights reserved

Joel and Ryan O'keeffeWARRNAMBOOL rock'n'roll band Airborne is flying high after being named best musicians at the Push-On Battle of the Bands competition. The state finals, at Melbourne last Sunday, saw the Warrnambool quartet crank-up the volume and blast their way to success. "It came across that we're a pub band. That's where we belong and where we'd rather be — we're obviously not a band for 12-year-olds," lead singer and guitarist Joel O'Keeffe said. "Most of the bands were playing poppy stuff and had the amps turned up to three or four. We came on and turned the amps up to 10 and let them have it." O'Keeffe said the award was good recognitiion for the band. "I guess it means we can play our instruments all right. We've been in a few (competitions) but nothing as big as this." Push-On is recognised as one ofthe most prestigious band competitions in Victoria. Airborne made the state finals after success at a regional level. The band, which also includes Ryan O'Keeffe on drums, Adam Jacobson on bass and David Roads on rhythm guitar, plays original material inspired by the Oz Rock pub scene, particularly AC/DC and Billy Thorpe. And, true to their pub origins, their next two gigs will be at Warrnambool's Criterion Hotel, supporting Rollerball on March 21 and on April 5







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