We didn’t expect to have our asses kicked by AWOLNATION at Austin City Limits last weekend, but the group obliterated preconceptions with a power-rocking, stage-diving, rollicking set that earned more squealing excitement from the crowd than any non-headliner on the bill.
AWOLNATION’s debut album, Megalithic Symphony, is a 14-song collection that chases convention out the back door and indulges in a dark musical Wonderland that touches on Rock, electronica, industrial and beyond. Check out the powerfully surging, infectious track Sail:
We tracked down Aaron Bruno, architect of the AWOLNATION project, to discuss five albums that had the greatest impact on his musical development. The collection found below goes a long way towards explaining the stylistic musical gumbo that comprises AWOL. Somewhat unsurprisingly, they’re the same albums we grew up rocking.
Aaron Bruno’s 5 Most Influential albums:
1. Nirvana: Unplugged
When I watched this performance I was already a die hard Nirvana fan, but this set made me want to pick up the guitar and learn the songs asap !!!
2. Radiohead: OK Computer
This record simply changed the way I thought about music and art in general. I was deep into hardcore music at the time, and I heard “paranoid android” and realized that it was time to dig deeper into my creativity.
3. NWA: Straight Outta Compton
I was the only kid in my hometown listening to rap music and this was way before any rap song had ever been played on the radio, so I felt very special.
4. Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come
This record destroyed every hardcore record ever made up to that point. I was lucky enough to see them open up for Snapcase before this record came out and loved them. Then they dropped “The Shape of Punk to Come” and it was groundbreaking.
5. Michael Jackson: Thriller
I know this is typical but its true. I learned (or at least tried) to sing to this record.
Grab AWOLNATION’s Megalithic Symphony album ($5.99!) at Best Buy.