London Music Hall & FM96 Present...


The Wild!

Wed, October 5, 2016

7:00 pm


Airbourne are a straightforward rock band in the Aussie pub rock tradition of AC/DC, the Angels, and Rose Tattoo: four guys with beers in hand who would rather die than be caught wearing a pink shirt. The brothers Joel and Ryan O'Keeffe grew up in the country town of Warrnambool, with a collection of classic Australian rock albums stolen from their uncle. When everyone around them was listening to contemporary music, they were firmly entrenched in the music of the '70s and '80s they longed to re-create. Joel took on vocals and lead guitar and Ryan played drums while still in school, earning them the enmity of their neighbors, who sent the police around with noise complaints multiple times. Second guitarist David Roads was sourced from the local pub, where Joel O'Keeffe worked. Bass player Justin Street was encountered in the town's sand dunes by Ryan O'Keeffe while drunkenly rolling down them, and with his addition Airbourne was complete. The four soon moved to the city of Melbourne to find venues willing to accept them.

Steadily playing, they put out a self-financed EP called Ready to Rock in 2004. Hard work paid off with support slots for acts including the Rolling Stones and Mötley Crüe, and a billing at the Big Day Out festival in 2006. That year they were invited to the U.S. by Capitol Records to record their debut album, Runnin' Wild, with producer Bob Marlette. When Capitol merged with Virgin they were one of several artists dropped, though they managed to quickly sign a new contract with Roadrunner Records and secure a worldwide release for the album, which proved popular with video game producers who licensed songs for use in the games NHL 08, Madden NFL 08, and Skate. The band released its spirited sophomore album, No Guts. No Glory., in 2010, and set off to do a stint on tour with Iron Maiden the following year. A third album, Black Dog Barking, arrived in 2013
The Wild!
Former bandmates of the successful independent act, Bucknife, Dylan Villain (guitar/vocals), Lucas "Boozus" Jancikic (bass/vocals) and Rowdy "Rick" Riegs (drums) amalgamated to create a sound that is properly described as "The bastard son of AC/DC and ZZ Top".

Hailing from Kelowna, British Columbia, The Wild! are living anything but the cliché faux-California lifestyle the Okanagan is known for. Instead, they are ripe with grit, Southern-fried twang and a give-'em-hell attitude that has struck a chord with listeners everywhere. Blending a bold mixture of supercharged rock and roll, blues and equipped punkrock attitude, The Wild! is recognized as being a reckless group of individuals who write music for reckless groups of individuals. "We aim to write music that makes people feel something" says frontman, Dylan Villain. "Whether it's to dance, yell, fight or just get straight up fuckin' crazy, we're writing this music with strong conviction for what we stand for; having a good time in the name of the party and in the name Rock and Roll." Further to the point, The Wild! is quick to admit that they draw their influence from their troubled pasts, the road, and good old fashioned parties. Backed by the gratuitous citing by Raw Dog (The Jason Ellis Show) that legitimately labels The Wild! as "Shitkicker Rock", the band embodies the unpolished backwoods with a sincerity to produce a musical experience that is nothing short of fucking brilliant.

2012 proved to be an eventful year for The Wild! with their first single, Road House, released. Road House was then featured on The Jason Ellis Show on FACTION (Sirius/XM) and is in current rotation in the UK (Steve Taylor's show 'Retro Rock' on 102.5FM – Stourbridge), Canada (Power 104.7FM – Kelowna) and on various online stations such as and After teaming up with Vancouver hip-hop music video director, Stuey Kubrick, the Road House music video received more than 10,000 views in its first week and an additional 20,000 views within the first month. Backing the vision, sound and attitude of The Wild! Adrian Grenier, star of Entourage and owner of Wreckroom Records in NYC, posted a link to the Road House video on his Twitter feed.

Maintaining the momentum of the past year, The Wild! is currently working on their EP, Wild at Heart, slated for an early 2013 release. Following up Road House, Party 'til You're Dead is expected to be the next single to go viral. The Wild! hasn't only garnered a reputation for their vocals, but also their stage presence and with plans for a spring tour in the works, The Wild! delivers fans straight-up good-time parties celebrating a no-bullshit approach to music and entertainment.
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1

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