Here is a recent interview with Aaron done by Austin Cozicar of The Peak, SFU's Campus Newspaper. AKA "the punk rock member of the National University Wire". So we're liking these guys.
Fresh off the release of their second album Run on March 17, Awolnation is beginning its Run 2015 Tour, hitting locations all across the US and Canada before heading to Europe in August. As Vancouver is one of their first concert dates, The Peak got a chance to talk with Aaron Bruno, the songwriter and frontman of Awolnation, as he was preparing to leave the comforts of home for a summer on the road.
The Peak: What’s this period before the tour like? Is there a bit of anxiety?
Aaron Bruno: Yes. There’s a lot of anxiety, there’s a lot of strange feelings — it’s like purgatory. [. . .] I’m at home and I’m trying to have everything normal, and just enjoy home life and whatever, you know, get everything together, say goodbye to your family, and make sure you eat your last meal you like and all that kind of stuff. But it’s so abnormal and this whole thing is so strange.
I’m actually going through a bunch of last-minute things I need to do today [. . .] I have way less freedom than I’ve had for the last two years. It’s a strange thing. I’m kind of in between feelings, you know; I’ve got to get up early and leave, fly to Florida, and from there go to Seattle, and start the whole tour. It’s weird; it’s definitely strange [laughs]. But it’s exciting at the same time — I kind of just want to get on with it and start playing.
P: Going to a different city almost every day, do you get much of a feel for a city?
AB: Yes and no. It really depends on where I’m in and how much time I have. [. . .] If you have a day off in a city, you get more time to kind of search around, check out what is best about the city, or what the locals think is the best place to eat or check out, and the best nature to explore and whatnot. I bring a skateboard along so I’m constantly cruising around to see what the place has to offer. I definitely get a feel for the city, [but] it’s hard to get a feel for anything else because we’re usually parked in the middle of the most crowded area.
Check out the full interview at The Peak.
Following up their interview with Aaron before AWOLNATION's Vancouver show at the Commodore, The Georgia Straight gives us a great review of it afterwards.
"At times it felt like AWOLNATION was an arena act that, to the disappointment of no one, had decided to underplay the market."
Read the full review here.
In a mid-April phone interview, Aaron talked about how the success of Megalithic Symphony gave him the confidence to challenge himself musically in the creation of RUN, and much more.
This is a wonderful interview! You can read it all here.
Geyser Music was there to rock out with AWOLNATION last night at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver! Their review of the show is up on their website, so check it and them out.
"It was a crazy night. Getting to see such a big audience feeling this personal connection with a band was incredible, and wouldn't have happened without Aaron's fantastic energy as the front-man. The wicked instrumentals by the band were the cherry on top."
Also be sure to visit Geyser Music's Facebook page for their full album of photos from the show.
Aaron nailed the weather report when he was at 102.7 The PEAK in Vancouver. Is there no end to this man's talents? We think not!
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Aaron Bruno Says AWOLNATION Is "Great Now Live"
AWOLNATION's massive tour in support of their sophomore album Run began last night, and it continues tonight with a show in Vancouver. Frontman Aaron Bruno may be the face of AWOLNATION, but in order to bring his songs to the stage, Bruno has put together a four-piece backing band -- a band of which he's a very big fan.
"We're great now live," Bruno tells ABC Radio. "This is the best band that I've ever been in. When I say 'we're great,' you know, I do my best -- so that's up for other people to decide on what I'm doing on stage -- but the rest of the guys in the band have elevated their playing and ability to translate the intentions of the songs at a high level live."
Read the full interview at ABC News Radio.
From The Georgia Straight Vancouver. For anyone new to AWOLNATION, there is a lot of history here, explaining some of how Aaron wound up where he is today.
Coming up with a hit follow-up to the multiplatinum smash “Sail” wasn’t a big worry for Aaron Bruno when he began working on AWOLNATION’s new Run. The lifelong musician was more fixated on the fact that, for once in his career, someone was guaranteed to be paying attention to a record that he had worked on.
“It’s a strange thing—I’ve always made debut records, so this was the first time in my life that I was about to present myself to the world artistically,” Bruno says, on the line from his hometown of Los Angeles. “At some point, it hit me that this record was going to be reviewed and judged. For the first time.”
You can read the full interview HERE.
Here is a new interview with Aaron by Julio Cesar Escovar for La X Mas Musica 103.9 FM, Bogota, Colombia.
We all know what a huge AWOLNATION fan Andrew Luck is. That makes him one of our favorite people. Just saying.
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The RUN Tour begins! Will AWOLNATION see you at the show?
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