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.