Just in case you can't make it to Detroit on July 2, AWOLNATION's show at The Fillmore will be live streamed by Yahoo Live. Visit the site for time and details.
Brought to you by Renaissance Hotels "Elevator Music" Series. This was filmed at the Renaissance Dallas - in an elevator.
The official video for I AM was released this morning. Hayley Young, who directed the Hollow Moon video, was in charge of this one too. Tell us what you think.
Be sure to check out this great interview by Al Mannarino for Pop-Break.
From Pop-Break Magazine:
"When AWOLNATION dropped “Sail” back in 2011 it was an instant hit; a deep, unapologetic banger that appealed to both the alternative rock fans and the Billboard charts. The raw, emotional lyricism coupled with bombastic beats, made AWOL’s debut album, Megalithic Symphony, one of the best albums of that year.
AWOL started as an experimental project for singer Aaron Bruno, the former singer of Home Town Hero and Under the Influence of Giants. He was approached by Red Bull Records and asked if he wanted to use their recording space to record some new material. That’s where Bruno developed the sound that would eventually be the genre-blending, alternative rock band AWOLNATION.
Their sophomore effort, Run, was released earlier this year to positive reviews and featured some of the bands most experimental tracks to date. Abandoning the hard hitting beats for more of an atmospheric sound, Run was a different, but welcomed transition for AWOLNATION. With only two albums in their discography, it’s exciting to see how this band will evolve over the next few years.
We recently spoke with Aaron about the new album, the inspiration for his music, the Run Tour, and much more. Read the full review HERE and find out when and where you can see AWOLNATION live."
Very good review of AWOLNATION's Sound Academy show and interview with Aaron, by Lithium Magazine.
"As Aaron spoke, it became clear that his measure of success is more complicated than mere commercial acceptance. I asked him what it meant to him to be in the mainstream spotlight:"
Read the full piece here.
"Last night was another incredible AWOLNATION show, as the guys tore it up at The Fillmore Silver Spring! Before they got all hot and sweaty, I talked with Aaron Bruno and got the scoop on how the band is opening up for the Rolling Stones this weekend, the dangers of crowd surfboarding and how he wants to get on PTI one day!" - Mike Jones
See more HERE
"We are the AztecNation: The Guys Of AWOLNATION Brought Their Magic To San Antonio And We Were There"
by Amanda Kimble
Featuring a floor plan that makes any seat or position more than adequate, the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio offers a unique viewing experience. The standing room area has a standard pit but also levels so the people behind the pit have a clear visual. Whether standing or sitting even the interior of the building is designed to entertain with its sculptured faces that have glowing eyes reminiscent of "Legends Of The Hidden Temple" (where are all my 90s kids at?!). Sometimes the architecture of a space can aid in distracting one from the limits of the very front: the inability to answer nature's call, the profound thirst and hunger that have decided to set in tonight during the lull between the second opener (Family Of The Year) and the main act which this evening was to be the incomprable AWOLNATION.
Just when you swear you will never do this again ("My feet hurt", "Uh do I have some trail mix in my pocket at least?") the lights sink the room into darkness, the house music ceases and five figures become visual in their own unique ways onstage. These actions summon the brooding beginning of the show's kick-off "Run", a sweeping exercise in combining the abyss with hauntingly deep bass. It smoothes out and then idles like the restless engine of a neglected muscle car before the first word of the show is delivered by the impossibly charismatic frontman, AWOL himself, Aaron Bruno. Sometimes screamed and other times whispered (the former is the choice this time) the word is a call to action like no other with layers: "Run from it", "Run to it", "Run with me", these things are all wrapped into one explosive moment that results in a purge of all the negativity you may have been experiencing. It also causes a black banner bearing the word in huge stark white letters to fall behind the band with exquisite timing. Don't get used to it though as when the song ends it disappears just as quickly as it materialized. As the spell is cast, the audience now belongs to Bruno, a part of his epic Nation, either for the first time or thirtieth time (the number which became mine this night as I have been doing this since December of 2011).
Song by song cares are tossed away, fears are faced and triumphed over, and an entire venue full of people comes together to celebrate the reason they are all here to listen and the reason these five guys are here to play onstage, a profound and deep love of music. Bruno leads the charge with vocals that range from his angelic falsetto to gritty growls that would render a lesser singer's voice non-existent after a few songs. The hypnotic keyboards of Kenny Carkeet promote dancing and trancing whether accompanying a light or dark theme, strong evidence of this is given during "Windows" when he peppers the background of the gliding track with elements that create a feeling of floating. Isaac Carpenter's furious drumming is showcased best on "KOOKSEVERYWHERE!!!" a frenetically paced song that will make you pour sweat while you try to keep up with the beat whilst screaming "COLD BLOOD! COLD BLOOD!" at the very top of your lungs. Guitarist Drew Stewart is on point song for song, shredding when called for like during his masterful solo display on "Sail" when you cannot help but watch him the entire time and wonder exactly how he does it! Marc Walloch is the final piece to the puzzle, bringing soulful basslines to life with style. I'm aware (and I certainly do care) about what it took to get here and you can see the joy on all of their faces throughout the show, there is a sense of "This is it" that is felt by not only the band members but also by the longtime fans who have been there for most of the ride. Even if this was your first show though you can still feel the completeness of it all, it's that powerful.
The audience interaction throughout the night is made possible by the impeccably designed rail, which has a little "moat" as one of my Nation sisters called it, upon which you can put your stuff. The distance from the stage is practically nothing and there's true space underneath to allow for leg extensions, not just cold hard metal that results in a waffle pattern on one's knees due to being pinned against it the entire time. Bruno was more than happy to take advantage of the lack of distance from the stage to the audience, frequently bringing the mic stand to the very front of the stage and singing directly in front of the front row, offering the mic from time to time so that fans might join him in the various verses that are amplified when screamed by sweaty music lovers. I have to mention my own experience from front and center as right before "KOOKSEVERYWHERE!!!" he came over to me and did a double handlock with me and kinda shook my hands around, it was fabulous! Others in the front row and also those a few rows back also had their hands grabbed to great delight. At one point I was able to do one of my favorite things when he came over with the micstand, it's a nerdy thing and it comes from back in the day when there was a lack of space between the stage and the crowd most times...I touched his shoe, alright?! I would NEVER take it but I will touch it, haha! It was fun! Now back to what you're actually reading this for.
There's no order to this, you realize that, right? Hard hitting moments include the premiere of "Like People, Like Plastic" which I was sure the rail (the structure itself) would not survive due to the driving almost slam-dancing sort of rhythm to it. It went off without a hitch though with people singing the very beautiful "I stand alone and curse at the sky" right with him into the ceiling, heads tilted back thinking about whatever or whoever the song brings to mind. This track hooks you with its swing your head back and forth beat and then leads to a dirty breakdown that culminates in the chant of "FUCK YOUR GHOST!", a moment at which middle fingers were quickly brought up into the air, an action of course led by Bruno himself. Another "Run" song and in a decidedly different headspace is "Holy Roller" during which Bruno croons "Holy Roller, blow me over, Holy (flow) Roller (you) blow me (right) over", a love letter to the ocean as far as this reviewer is concerned. It's a beautiful moment with time to catch your breath and just take in all of the wonderful sounds coming from that stage. Returning back to the chaos is the percolating bounce factory "Dreamers" that results in a lot of jumping and dancing with wild abandon which you can tell is its mission. The lyrics, to me, seem to call upon a time when it was work getting "Nine bloody dreamers on the dance floor" and how the absolute grind of making something that has that result (or writing itself, trust me I know) makes you want to literally scream out "FFUUUUCCCKKKK" as Bruno does in the song. The greatest moment this night for this track was when he had everyone put their arms up at the end and repeated the words "AND NOW I CAN SEE YOU" over and over while the audience pumped their arms to the beat.
Along with the new songs were also some first album faves such as "Kill Your Heroes" which always begins with an order that everyone jump together which totally works and is a hell of a work-out! "Jump On My Shoulders" which I think four years later I am allowed to say it is my favorite from "Megalithic Symphony", there is just something about those island drums and the words of truth within it "It's not supposed to be easy...that's why it feels so fuckin' good!!!" I am still in love with that song and will always be, so glad to hear it on this night. Another one that is hanging around is the pulse-pounding "Burn It Down" after which I literally saw stars due to my epic headbanging...no joke, I was feeling really ill on the ride home because I always go full-throttle on that one, I just have to...but perhaps next time I drop it down a gear...NOT. I will take nausea for the way that song makes me feel in the moment.
Well that's my tale. I lost my V.I.P. laminate from jumping so much and, let's be honest, putting it down my shirt because I thought it would be "safe" there, gigantic eye-roll. Anyways, I gotta say a shoutout to my Nation family that were at the show with me and also the person who made it possible for me to be there, they know who they are, I will always be thankful for this night and these people, I LOVE MY NATION LUVS!!! Until next time y'all,
Keep it bitchin' and twitchin' <A3
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