From The Upcoming.
"Friday night at Shepherd’s Bush Empire started with a bang, with support band for Awolnation: Eliza and the Bear. They nailed their 30-minute set and drew cheers from the audience as they sent their trumpeter crowd surfing with a camera strapped to his head. Their tight, catchy songs were admittedly slightly repetitive and scripted, but they were all in all a fitting support for the main event.
Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Aaron Bruno, the night’s headliners came onstage to some superb light effects –Guilty Filthy Soul from their first 2011 album opened up the night, and it just got better from there. By the third song the audience were dancing and jumping in the air with their arms held aloft.
Bruno is clearly made for live performances. He switched easily between skipping girlishly around the stage dragging his microphone stand behind him and screaming encouragement at the audience, while standing with his shoulders puffed out, knowing beyond doubt that the room was in the palm of his hand. Holding the microphone out to what quickly became a writhing mosh pit, he demanded audience involvement – and more or less the whole of the sold-out concert hall obliged. “Let’s turn this into complete chaos” he screamed – and by the close of the set, Awolnation had succeeded.
Guitarist Drew Stewart shone with a couple of fantastic solos towards the end of the set, bringing the house down with his performance on Joke. Awolnation saved their biggest hit, Sail, until the penultimate song – and it was clear that everyone had been waiting for this, as they ended on a high. “We want more!” chanted the crowds and more they certainly got. The night ended with phones and lighters held aloft as Knights of Shame closed the evening – a perfect anthem to finish on, apparent that Awolnation wanted to leave the stage about as much as the audience did."
Review by Francesca Laidlaw
Photos: Elliot Neal
We knew that AWOL was playing a new song on this tour, and have been scanning YouTube an embarrassingly ridiculous amount of times each day waiting for even a snippet. Finally Monica, of AWOLNATION Fans, reached out to a fan in London, Andrew Antwis-Veal, and he sent her this video. We really are ALL AWOLNATION!
This will certainly keep us busy until we get a clear audio and can delve in to the lyrics. But it is definitely a 'lose your shit' kind of song. Can't wait to dance with Aaron in person to this. How about you?
On August 22, 2011 Jeb Corliss uploaded this video of him base jumping in Walensee, Switzerland. He leapt off a cliff with a wing suit and parachute on his back, and buzzed a gorge 5 feet from the ground at nearly 120 mph. And helped to introduce millions of people to "Sail" by AWOLNATION. Were you one of those who heard it here first? If not, when and where did you get your first taste of AWOL?
"Grinding The Crack" currently has 27,032,325 views on YouTube.
EXCELLENT interview by Richard Harrison at Future Radio this morning! This was at 11:00 AM Norwich time, which means Kate was up at 5:00 AM to get this for us. It is clear that Aaron is excited about the new record. This is one of the best interviews I've heard. Let us know what you think.
The line up for Aftershock has been released. Lots of info and details on the Aftershock site.
The guys played the Institute Library tonight in Birmingham. We are always happy to go sailing with them! ( Okay, fine, our collective fingers are nubs from searching youtube for "Kooks" ).
May 26, 2014. AWOLNATION at Trinity in Bristol, UK
"Perhaps it’s not stated enough, but it’s important to wear the right shoes. Stepping on stage at Bristol’s Trinity on Monday night, for the first date of a whistle-stop UK tour, AWOLNATION’s Aaron Bruno was struck by just that thought.
With his footwear fit for skating but not Moonwalking, he settled into his rhythm a little slower than he might have liked. But, in truth, the gig was always likely to feel a little like rediscovering something that was once second nature.
“It was our first show back in the saddle,” Bruno said the following afternoon. “I’ve been doing a lot of writing and getting ready for the second record to come out, whenever the hell that is, so it was nice to get the band back together and play a show. I walked on stage and thought to myself: ‘Ohfuck. I’m the singer of this band. Shit, I gotta entertain people.’ So I just let it go.”
That sophomore record has been a topic of discussion for the band’s many admirers for some time. Bruno’s first under the AWOLNATION moniker, ‘Megalythic Symphony’, was a sleeper hit of rare proportions following its release in the spring of 2011, propelled by the Billboard chart-dominating single, Sail.
It’s called the ‘difficult second album’ for a reason, as Bruno is all too aware. He’s been holed up on a ranch for most of the winter with a makeshift studio, some great California waves and his writing for company, with his pursuit of bigger and better piling weight on shoulders not used to that kind of burden.
“There’s going to be a lot of anticipation for the follow-up record and I’ve never had this kind of pressure before,” he said. “Every record I’ve ever put out in my life was the debut album. I’ve made a bunch of debut albums. This is the first sophomore record I’ve made, when really it’s the sixth or seventh I’ve made if you count all the other bands, from my first punk rock band when I was 16 up until now. It’s absolutely terrifying..."
Read the full interview on Stereoboard here.
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AWOLNATION played their first show on this tour in Bristol tonight. Based on this setlist their fans there got a first listen to "Kooks", a new song we are assuming will be on the new album. Hopefully someone got at least a taste for us and will post it to youtube. Needless to say the Nation will be awaiting more tidbits from this tour.
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