AWOLNATION to release Back From Earth EP
AWOLNATION is a riptide of head-banging dance beats, toe-tapping soul, biting lyrical cleverness and fiery rock romp that is poised to break all the rules of pop music.
AWOLNATION has dropped their debut EP Back From Earth featuring the explosive lead track “Burn It Down”. The EP is engagingly unique and exciting, as the tracks seem to invite listeners along to the proverbial secret party and then keep them up all night to welcome the apocalypse, and well, Burn It Down. But just when these glorious party bangers might leave you “jonesing” for more, AWOLNATION keep your hope and smile well fed with the uplifting swing of the groovy “Guilty Filthy Soul”.
Title: Back From Earth EP
Release date: 05/18/10
Label: Red Bull Records
Single: Burn it Down
Buy at: Amazon
Overall, the 4-track EP is a mosaic of genre-twisting pop gems that covers the spectrum of sonic fun. Like squeezing watermelons into lemons, Back From Earth is an immersive listening experience that packs a lot of punch. The collection is rounded out with a bonus remix of “Burn It Down” by Innerpartysytem.
More than just a band, AWOLNATION is also an outlet for AWOL’s artistic outlook. To complement the band’s sound and musical aesthetic, AWOL has unearthed a series of Deep Danger and Lost Signal short films that combines the careful details and painterly attention of a Wes Anderson film with the sci-fi imagination and intergalactic absurdity of Barbarella, the movie.
AWOLNATION is currently on the road, smothering both coasts with shows in Brooklyn and Los Angeles with additional dates being confirmed as we speak. Things kick off with an opening gig for Weezer at the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, NY on July 16th, and a DJ gig for the M.I.A. CD Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl alongside Skeet Skeet and a live performance by The Chain Gang of 1974. Free with RSVP here. AWOLNATION’s current schedule brings them back to Los Angeles for a show at Club Moscow at Boardner’s on July 28th and a gig at the Viper Room on Aug. 12th with an Aug. 2nd London gig at Barfly in between. More dates to be announced soon.
July 16th – Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Waterfront w/ Weezer and Rival Schools
July 17th – Brooklyn, NY – DJ set at M.I.A. CD Release Party w/ Skeet Skeet and The Chain Gang of 1974
July 28th – Hollywood, CA – Club Moscow at Boardner’s
Aug 2nd – London, UK - Barfly
Aug 12th – West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
It has been said that when Elvis Presley was being shot from the waist up on The Ed Sullivan Show, AWOL was ready to pull the plug. Others say it was the Rolling Stones nightmare at Altamont that pushed AWOL to ask Sex Pistols fans if they felt they were being cheated at their last show in San Francisco. When Madonna writhed around the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards singing “Like a Virgin,” AWOL was spotted in scrubs trying to save Bushwick Bill’s eyeball, before being last seen pushing Kurt Cobain onstage in a wheelchair to play Reading...
Like Peter Finch’s newsman Howard Beale in the movie Network, AWOL is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. Broke and with his world crumbling around him, he launched a NATION.
And indeed, what can a poor boy do… except make some of his toughest, hardest, most passionate music ever, slamming it with the most up-to-date hip-hop and electronic dance beats in a genre-blending mash-up that defines AWOLNATION.
Like in “Burn It Down,” a sped-up blitz that goes from the yelps of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis through the punk of Black Flag, the Clash and Rage Against the Machine to the most modern techno-dance acts like Justice, Simian Mobile Disco and Boyz Noize, not preaching destruction, but cleansing past sins to make way for future hope. There’s a whole lot of shaking going on in AWOLNATION…
“If I’m going down in flames, it’ll be my way,” confesses AWOL. “Why do it if you’re not going to do it all-out? I wanted to do an album that was faster than I was comfortable doing, with a ferocious drum fill like some dude fell over his kit and landed on the one. I’ve always loved heavy music… people seem to get turned on by aggressive passion. It’s like channeling a hardcore breakdown with synthesizers instead of guitars”
And that’s what you get on new songs like “Sail,” a hip-hop beat driven wide-screen cinematic soundtrack that could be considered the R-rated version of the voyage Max takes in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, which combines AWOL’s own obsessions with surfing, the ocean, John Lennon’s primal scream era and psychedelic Radiohead trips. “Blame it on my A.D.D.,” he sings. “This is how angels die.”
“I think very much like a kid in terms of fantasy and magic,” says AWOL. “I get rhythms, beats, colors and patterns from the transcendence of the ocean. I’m influenced by both its beauty and its absolute terror.”
Some say AWOL is the name he’d rap under while battling his friends free-style, a reference to the way he’d slip out of parties without saying goodbye (“I never liked the pressure of explaining why I’m leaving”) while Oakland Raiders fans contend that NATION comes from a devotion to the era of Bo Jackson and Howie Long. No one really knows the origin, but together they form a commitment to getting rid of life’s wreckage and building a trend based on honesty, commitment and, well, aggressive passion.
“It’s not a political statement,” insists AWOL. “My definition is to escape a situation you can’t handle. A way for all of us to get our aggression out, cry a little bit, or even laugh.”
In the self-lacerating “Guilty, Filthy Soul,” with its Queen/David Bowie “Under Pressure” harmonies by way of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, AWOL doesn’t point a finger, as much as he takes full responsibility for the situation he finds himself in.
“I built this not necessarily thinking anybody else would believe it but me, and now everybody else is starting to believe in it even more than I do,” he marvels. “I’ll agree to steer the ship, but it’s up to other people whether they get aboard or not.”
No, AWOL is no musical anarchist… When he says to “Burn It Down,” he’s talking about something that goes on within every one of us.
“It’s about killing the devil inside you,” he muses. “You have to be at your lowest point to feel God, to get real. When I wrote that song, I had nothing. There was nowhere else to go but to start over.”
“Burn It Down” to build it up. That’s AWOLNATION. Get down with it or get out of the way. Either way, it’s here.
Back From Earth EP Tracklisting
1. Burn it Down
2. Guilty, Filthy Soul
5. Burn it Down - Inner Party System Remix (iTunes Exclusive)
"Back From Earth EP" by AWOLNATION - release date: 05/18/10..