Here's another new interview! This comes from Daniel Gerichter for Aesthetic Magazine Toronto.
"Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably heard “Sail”, AWOLNATION’s enduring mega hit before. It’s the one that goes “Blame it on my A-D-D BABY” and has been used in a laundry list of ads, trailers and television shows, including Pretty Little Liars, Vikings, BMW ads, NBA playoff preview videos and yes, Hockey Night in Canada. The song’s crossover appeal has kept the band touring their debut album, Megalithic Symphony, for three solid years. The question now turns to how AWOLNATION plans to follow-upsuch sweeping success. We got a chance to sit down with singer/songwriter/jack-of-all-trades Aaron Bruno to talk about the band’s process, collaborations and of course – their upcoming sophomore album.
Well, the president of the label (Greg Hammer) contacted me. I’d been told that they were interested in some of the versions of the songs I’d recorded, but at this point, I really didn’t want to be on another major label – I’d already done that twice before and had my songs fail to be heard. Greg mentioned that they had this amazing studio in Santa Monica, and it was mine to use for free. That was the first major part of it. The other part of it was Eric (Steinman), their engineer. The guy was actually a friend of mine from before. That situation made me feel like I was totally in control of my destiny.
They gave me all the leeway. Other labels would have wanted me to work with this or that producer, but I think I went with Red Bull because they were so upfront about giving me complete control over my music.
Were there other studios competing with them at the time?
Only the studio I was working for at the time. They had the space to do it in, but it wasn’t free. I was working there, doing whatever work I could – I was broke at the time – so it wasn’t really an option in terms of recording the album I had in my head.
It’s well known that you were responsible for most if not all of the instrumentation on . Which parts were the simplest/easiest for you? Which parts proved the most challenging?
Anything that was a challenge, I had the presence of mind to bring someone on who was better than me. For percussion, I brought in an amazing drummer named Tony Royster Jr. – a guy who worked with Jay Z – on one of our more bombastic punk rock jams called “Soul Wars”. I brought in the Watts Choir for “All I Need”, which was very cool. But even then, I layered my own vocals to weave in with them. The whole situation really felt too good to be true.
Sounds like an ideal situation.
Yeah, it really was and continues to be..." Read the full interview at Aesthetic Magazine here.
Before AWOLNATION's performance at Riotfest earlier this month, Aaron talked with Adam Grant from Riffyou.com about the new album.
“More than anything, I’m excited to have the artistic freedom and opportunity to make a sophomore record,” confides Bruno in a backstage conversation with Riffyou.com. “Everybody dreads the sophomore slump, whereas I am embracing it and can’t wait to either go down in flames, or take it to another level. It’s not going to be in the middle – it’ll be one way or the other. That’s how it has to be.”
Read the entire interview here.
Or as I have always thought of him, the man who gave Aaron Bruno the keys to his own spaceship.
We all know the story of Aaron's past negative experience with major record labels. And then along came Greg Hammer and Red Bull Records. The rest is history that is still being made. And we, the Nation are so very grateful for this!
Here is a great profile of Greg by Andy Kaufmann at Music Connection, and how and why he does what he does at RBR.
Read the full profile at Music Connection here.
How did I not realize that "Sail" was a "churning sex anthem"? I need to listen again. Here is Craveonline's short but awesome review of yesterday's set at Aftershock.
"While the world eagerly awaits a new album from AWOLNATION, the Los Angeles rockers took to the stage at the 2014 Aftershock Festival with top-level professionalism. Frontman Aaron Bruno led his band through a captivating high-octane performance, with highlights including the explosive “Burn It Down” and the churning sex anthem “Sail”."
Click here for their great photo album.
Ahead of AWOLNATION's performance last week at Riot Fest in Toronto, Aaron sat down with Alicia Atout from A Music Blog, Yea?
"It’s been two years since the release of AWOLNATION‘s debut record Megalithic Symphony. Taking a break from writing material for their new album, the Los Angeles “genre-less” group came to Toronto last weekend to take the stage at our very own Riot Fest. Ahead of their performance, we were lucky enough to sit down with AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno to discuss playing the festival and its line-up, spending money on good meals, his love of sushi, and creating their new album — enjoy!"
AMBY: Thanks for having a chat with me today here at Riot Fest. How’s the festival been treating you?
AWOLNATION: This is our second Riot Fest – we did one in Denver a year ago. It’s great because we get to play with some of my childhood influences like playing with The Flaming Lips and The Cure at the same time. Combing genres at shows is always cool because we feel like we’re genre-less. We’re kind of the weirdos at all of the shows.
You can read the full interview here.
* It's been 3 years since Megalithic Symphony was released - March 11, 2011 ~ANB
YOU CAN FOLLOW THEM TO HELL!
...and you hung in there, bitching all the way of course, then your LONG wait may soon be over. Updates went out today via email from Beacon Audio, and it appears that all that patience will soon pay off. You can read the relevant part of the update below. If you ordered these, check your email.
So this means that maybe, just maybe, if the stars align for us, we will have AWOLNATION designed speakers in our hot little hands when we get those same hot little hands on the new album. No exact word on that yet, but "coming soon" works.
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#SBS - July 2012 - Pre-show Rituals, Self Reliance and the Importance of Comfortable, Environmentally Friendly Footwear
This week's Sail Back Saturday is a look back at Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, July 22, 2012. Aaron sat down with That Mag, which resulted in a pretty awesome interview. The story behind the famous red TOM's is revealed for one thing. ( Did you have a pair? )
Also learned: Aaron can't play bass, which surprised me for some reason. But we tend to think he can play every instrument under the sun.
Read the interview here.
Great video of "Some Kind Of Joke" courtesy of MyVickyLife
Aaron chats with Wendy about the new record - yay! Also Kongos, and much, much more. And boy was it hot in Philly!
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