||Airborne is a five piece rock band based in Northeastern
Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. Playing originals and select covers, the
bands unique high-energy sound features strong lead vocals and three part harmonies,
supported by hard driving guitar and a tight rhythm section. Their original material is
well received and often requested by their regular following at live shows. Airborne has
been interviewed, and their music featured on, regional radio programs showcasing original
talent. Additionally, a compilation album of regional artists includes two cuts by members
of Airborne. This record was part of a national talent contest sponsored by Miller High
Life (Rock To Riches).
Airbornes membership remains intact since its inception, with the exception of lead guitarist Kevin Pike taking over for Ken Robinson. The rhythm section is held down by drummer Steve Lawrenson and bassist Brad Jones. Lead vocals and rhythm guitar are provided by Mike Burke, with John Yannone Jr. playing keyboards and synthesizers. Background vocal responsibilities are shared by all members. Live show support consists of George Troup (Illumination Technician) and Tom Aton (Sound Engineer).
"Heres something rare: a full length CD of seventies and early eighties influenced rock that I actually like, and I mean a lot. The CD cover features an awesome cartoon of some very cool gremlins doing something mischievous to a jet engine. On the back theres a photo of the band, out in the woods on a snowy back road. Theyre smiling. Smiling like theyd been in the woods a long time and had never heard of Punk, or Seattle, or Nine Inch Nails or something. Like regular Rock music was still viable, and that once a band has reached a certain level of proficiency, songwriting is the main thing. This CD proves them right. Aron is probably the coolest song about the Elvis legend Ive heard ...its got hooks galore. Believe could be a lost Boston track and Goin Down Slow has a Beatlesque, Enuff Znuff flavor.
Now heres the important part. None of those songs sound like specific songs that the aforementioned bands played. They just have that kind of feel, that kind of sound. The music is definitely original, and the songs are as good as anything you hear on classic rock radio. If you like those sounds, or if you just appreciate crafty songwriting and polished performance, youll love Airborne."
- Josh Ribakov, The Music Press *
"Recorded on its own 12 track digital machine and released on Spring Creek Records, this initial package from Airborne is somewhat intriguing. Id go as far as to say theres some Moody Blues influence here. Hey, Im even hearing a touch of a once great band Wishbone Ash. Aron is a fairly catchy and progressive tune, also witty in the lyrical fact, speaking of one Elvis Presley. Never Coming Home is a pretty keyboard instrumental and Goin Down Slow has a nice melodic intro, a solid lead vocal and a decent hook. The best hard rocker on this collection is Believe, a great finish from this five piece entity that makes its home in the land of Port Crane, New York. Theres unquestionable talent here - lots of melodic rhythms and synthesizing going on, making a real thick adventure ...these guys may make some big waves in the industry."
- Joe Limongelli, Sound Check Magazine **
"Not to be confused with the mid-eighties AOR band Airborne, this Airborne is a five piece band from Southern New York and play infectious pop/rock a'la Enuff Z' Nuff, Cheap Trick, Boston and a hint of Bon Jovi.
- Nicky Baldrian, Strutter'zine Magazine ***
* The Music Press is a free publication based in the Binghamton, NY area with a circulation of approximately 10,000/month and is distributed in New York and Pennsylvania.
** Sound Check Magazine is a free publication based in the Scranton, PA area with a circulation of approximately 15,000/month and is distributed in 600+ locations in Pennsylvania and New York.
is a paper magazine from Holland. It is written in English and is entirely based on
promoting AOR (Album Oriented Rock), melodic rock and other similar styles.
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