AWOLNATION is an American alternative pop band, and the solo project of front-man Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under the Influence of Giants,Hometown Hero, and Insurgence.
The band formed not long after 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, Ca. After a semi-successful career working with major labels but ultimately being disappointed and released without any major hits, he decided it was time to go out on his own and write the songs that he felt he was meant to write. 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 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 came from.”
AWOLNATION‘s first single off their new “Megalithic Symphony” album, “Sail”, debuted at #30 on the U.S. Billboard. The song was written with a nod to the Styx song “Come Sail Away” as is evident in the video and lyrics as he talks of extraterrestrial beings coming for him. Aaron Bruno also referenced the influence in an interview with VH1 Alternative Songs chart on the chart week of February 10, 2011. The single got extra media attention when it was used under a video of the professional BASE jump, skydiver, and wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss. The song “Sail” has been featured in commercials for theFox television show House. The band released their debut album Megalithic Symphony digitally on March 15, 2011, and the physical CD was released March 29, 2011 on Red Bull Records. The album features “Kill Your Heros” produced by Brian West with a total of 15 tracks AWOLNATION features bonus tracks, “Swinging from the Castles” and “Shoestrings” respectively.
AWOLNATION’s “SAIL” (Official Video)