Awolnation performing in Los Angeles
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Labels||Red Bull Records|
|Past members||Christopher Thorn
Tony Royster Jr.
Awolnation (usually stylized as AWOLNATION) is an American electronic rock band, formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under the Influence of Giants, Hometown Hero, and Insurgence. The band is signed to Red Bull Records, and their first EP, Back from Earth, was released on iTunes on May 18, 2010. They released their first studio album, Megalithic Symphony, on March 15, 2011; it featured their most notable hit, "Sail", which peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart, and #5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The song has been certified 6× platinum by the RIAA and has sold 5,500,000 copies in the United States. As of December 16, 2014, the album has been certified Gold.
The band's second studio album, Run, was released on March 17, 2015. Upon release, the album received harsh, often critical, but positive reviews, and currently holds a 68 out of 100 based on 6 critics on Metacritic.
Creation, Back from Earth (2009–10)
Aaron Bruno was approached by Red Bull Records in 2009, asking if he wanted free use of the Red Bull recording studio in Los Angeles. He recorded a few songs in the studio and ultimately signed with the label, calling it more of a "partnership", and was allowed to make the recordings that he wanted. Aaron Bruno has been with numerous bands before he created Awolnation, including Home Town Hero and Under the Influence of Giants. Bruno writes all of his songs himself, but confides in close friends and family or respected artists for guidance. The name Awolnation is derived from Aaron Bruno's high school nickname. In an interview with Kristin Houser of the LA Music Blog, he stated that he "would leave without saying goodbye because it was just easier, so that's where the name AWOL (slang from the military acronym for Absent Without Leave) came from."
Megalithic Symphony (2011–13)
The band released their debut album Megalithic Symphony digitally on March 15, 2011, and physically on March 29, 2011 on Red Bull Records. Megalithic Symphony features a total of 14 tracks, including the singles "Sail", "Not Your Fault", and "Kill Your Heroes" (produced by Brian West). Bonus tracks are also offered with the purchase of the digital album depending on the outlet. These tracks include "Shoestrings", "Swinging from the Castles" and "I've Been Dreaming".
The band's first single, "Sail", peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Rock Songs and has gone platinum in the US and double platinum in Canada. "Sail" was featured in the episode "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" of CBS's television show The Good Wife, commercials for the Fox television show House, Nokia's commercial for Lumia and PT's commercial for 4G LTE, and is also the background music for Under Armour's "Are You from Here" commercial, featuring Derrick Williams. "Sail" was covered by Macy Gray (included on her album Covered) and by DevilDriver (on their album Winter Kills). "Sail" was also used for a Sonya Tayeh routine in So You Think You Can Dance season 9, episode 6; at the end of the episode "Dog Soldiers" in season 1 of Longmire; and featured on the soundtrack of the thriller horror movie Playback released in March 2012, as well as Disconnect (2012). The track gained even greater exposure when it was featured during BMW's Olympic Opening Ceremony and in commercial spots throughout the Olympic broadcasts. "Sail" also during CBC Hockey Night's opening tease in Canada on February 18, 2012, prior to a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. It was also used as of March 2013 in commercials for History Channel's new series, Vikings. The song has also inspired conversations among bioethicists. "Sail" peaked at 17 on the USA Billboard Hot 100, 27 on the Australian charts, 33 on the New Zealand charts and 17 on the UK charts. "Sail" was also used on wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss's YouTube film 'Grinding the Crack', which as of October 2014 has had over 27 million views.
Another of the band's songs, "Burn It Down", is featured in the Sons of Anarchy episode "To Be, Act 1", and is also one of the in-game radio songs in Saints Row 4. Also one of their songs "Guilty Filthy Soul" has been featured in the episode "Break On Through" of The CW television show The Vampire Diaries. The band's songs "Sail" and "All I Need" are featured in the season 1 episode "Gun!" of Common Law. The band's song "Sail" was also featured in the season 4 episode "Hot for Teacher" of Pretty Little Liars. "Kill Your Heroes" is featured at the beginning and the end of season 3, episode 2 of the Canadian TV series Rookie Blue, and the remix of "Sail" together with Innerpartysystem was played in episode 8 of the same season. It was also used in the episode "The Wake-Up Bomb" of Covert Affairs. Furthermore, "All I Need" was used in the season finale of the NBC show Whitney.
On June 6, 2012, the band released an Extended Play; I've Been Dreaming for free download in their official website. The extended play includes 3 unreleased songs, (I've Been Dreaming, Shoestrings, Swinging From The Castles) and recorded live versions of "Kill Your Heroes", Not Your Fault and People that they played in Toronto.
They released two new songs, "Thiskidsnotalright" and "Some Kind of Joke". "Some Kind of Joke" appears as the second song on the Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall – Music Inspired by the Motion Picture soundtrack. The track "Thiskidsnotalright" is featured in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Beacon audio did a Kickstarter for a limited edition speaker. They have released a Deluxe Edition of Megalithic Symphony that includes "Thiskidsnotalright," "Some Kind Of Joke", "Everybody's Got a Secret", songs from their EP I've Been Dreaming, as well as remixes of other songs from Megalithic Symphony.
3 singles were released: Its lead single, "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)", was released in January 26, "Windows" on March 3, and "I Am" on May 17.
The band released their second studio album, RUN, on March 17, 2015. The album received polarizing, but positive reviews, and the band received its first Metacritic review; with the album getting an aggregated 68 out of 100, from 6 critics.
On April 7, 2015, they made an appearance on Conan.
On or around September 3, 2015 Aaron confirmed that long time guitarist Drew Stewart left the band to spend time with his family. He has been replaced by IronTom guitarist Zach Irons.
- Aaron Bruno (AWOL) – vocals, guitar (2009–present)
- Kenny Carkeet (Y.A.) – keyboards, backing vocals, rhythm guitar (2009–present)
- Isaac Carpenter – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2013–present)
- Marc Walloch – bass guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)
- Zach Irons– lead guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)
- Tony Royster Jr. - drums (Soul Wars, Megalithic Symphony)
- Christopher Thorn – lead guitar (2010–2012)
- Hayden Scott – drums (2010–2013)
- David Amezcua - bass, backing vocals (2010–2013)
- Devin Hoffman – bass, keyboards, backing vocals (2013)
- Drew Stewart (Drublood) – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–2015)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Back from Earth||
|I've Been Dreaming||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Not Your Fault"||—||3||11||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Kill Your Heroes"||2012||—||7||16||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)"||2015||125[A]||1||11||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Run|
|"I'm on Fire"||110[B]||—||13||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number twenty-five on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot 100.
- "I'm On Fire" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number ten on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot 100.
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