Great News! AWOLNATION have announced the release of their new studio album, Run (Red Bull Records) on the 17th of March 2015. It’s the highly anticipated follow-up to their chart-topping debut album, Megalithic Symphony.
You can visit www.awolnationmusic.com to pre-order the album, purchase exclusive merchandise, pre-order bundles and receive an instant download of the band’s electric first single “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf).” Have a listen to it below…
An extensive USA summer tour will be announced shortly, including a stop at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (in Manchester, Tennessee) and the band will soon begin performing at select Stateside festival shows after a brief European tour this coming spring.
Released in 2011, the band’s gold-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony was an alternative music revelation that became an astonishing success resonating with fans around the world. The album holds a number of long-running Billboard chart positions including 146 weeks on the Independent Albums chart, 111 weeks on the Billboard Top 200, 105 weeks on the Top Rock Albums chart and has topped the Heatseekers Albums chart 8 separate times.
Their hit single “Sail,” a redefining global anthem, is certified 6x platinum in the USA and is the second longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100’s 55-year history. It has amassed hundreds of millions of video views and streaming plays online, topping Billboard’s Rock Streaming Songs chart in 2014 and charting around the world: it is certified 10x platinum in Norway, 6x platinum in Canada, 3x platinum in Sweden, 2x platinum in Australia and New Zealand, platinum in Switzerland, gold in Austria, Germany and the UK.
Following the success of “Sail,” the band would go on to chart two more alternative singles, “Not Your Fault” and “Kill Your Heroes,” having sold over a million downloads combined. In 2014 AWOLNATION remained prominent on numerous Billboard Year End charts closing out the year on Rock Streaming Songs Artists #4, Rock Digital Songs Artists #10, Hot Rock Songs Artists #14, Top Rock Artists #17, Independent Albums #40, and several more. Since the release of their debut album, AWOLNATION has performed countless shows to millions of fans across the globe, including Coachella, Voodoo Festival, Austin City Limits, Osheaga, Brazil’s Mix FM Fest and Austria’s Frequency Festival.
Following a whirlwind two-year world tour in support of Megalithic Symphony, 2014 saw AWOLNATION withdraw into the depths of the California coastline to construct the sophomore effort. A culmination of the years following the release of the debut album, the 14-track Run was written, performed and produced entirely by musical architect Aaron Bruno. The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease. “There is not one second on the record that hasn’t been thoughtfully placed,” said Bruno. “Every single element serves a purpose.”
Standout songs alongside the first single “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” include the cinematic “Jailbreak,” the soaring anthem “I Am,” the title track “Run,” the euphoric “Windows,” the painfully vulnerable “Headrest for My Soul,” and the atomic rebellion of “KOOKSEVERYWHERE!!!!”
Here are the confirmed tour dates for their upcoming tour of USA and Europe so far:
- March 13, Pot of Gold Music Festival, Tempe, Arizona
- March 24, Lido, Berlin, Germany
- March 25, PPC, Graz, Austria
- March 26, Freiheiz, Munich, Germany
- March 27, M4 music festival, Zurich, Switzerland
- March 28, Burgerhaus Stollwerk, Cologne, Germany
- March 30, Le Divan Du Monde, Paris, France
- March 31, Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- April 1, Electric Ballroom, London, UK
- May 3, Sunfest, West Palm Beach, Florida
- May 31, Bottle Rock Music Festival, Napa, California
- June 14, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, Tennessee
I was lucky enough to watch AWOLNATION live at RAMFest Johannesburg in 2012 and I must say that I’m pretty curious to hear how what the rest of the songs on the album sound like. I’m pretty sure you are also excited about this, so feel free to comment on this article or share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Sharing is caring after all.
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