‘All of these things made me who I am’
AWOLNATION has unveiled the new official music video for new song “I Am,” now available online on YouTube. Making its impact at radio now, the powerfully anthemic song is currently featured in a wildly popular, nationally televised World of Red Bull campaign that has quickly amassed over 7 million views online.
Coming off a string of sold out shows along the east coast, the band continues their summer Run Tour 2015 through September in support of their new album Run via (Red Bull Records). Tickets are on sale and going fast with several upcoming dates already selling out. Ticket information is available at www.AWOLNATIONmusic.com.
AWOLNATION reteamed with director Hayley Young on the concept of the “I Am” music video, for a continuation and elaboration on the discovery process that began with the “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” video. This time “I Am” reveals a more contemplative side of AWOLNATION, invoking introspection and reflection with the use of intriguing theatrical lighting techniques and choreography. Watch it below:
AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno sings, “For these friends of mine I’ve overpaid / And I guess I wanted, I guess I wanted / I just want you to know / All of these things made me who I am…”
Fired up and Grateful
In an interview with Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford, Aaron Bruno explained how he had come to write the song. He remarked, “I played you an early draft of the record. I would say it was a year too soon, probably, to show anyone. But I felt excited about it, and some of the songs were there, but I’d say 70 percent of the songs that ended up making the record hadn’t even been written yet. ‘I Am’ certainly hadn’t been written yet. And I remember being devastated from the reaction that you had. Not that it was bad, I could just tell your feeling was — in the nicest way, you were sort of saying, ‘It’s pretty cool, but you’re better than this. And I expect more.’ And [‘I Am’] was one of the next songs I wrote,” Bruno said, as quoted by Red Bull. “I was fired up. It’s good to be pushed.”
Recently, AWOLNATION released the new studio album Run notching their highest debut chart positions ever. 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 electrifying lead single from the album “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” exploded at alternative radio where it topped the chart for several weeks. Check out the band performing the track on both Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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. Their hit single “Sail,” a redefining global anthem, is certified 6X Platinum in the U.S., and is the second longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100’s 55-year history amassing hundreds of millions of video views and streaming plays online while charting around the world.
Following the success of “Sail,” the band would go on to have two more Top 10 charting alternative singles, “Not Your Fault” and “Kill Your Heroes,” having sold over a million downloads combined. Since the release of their debut, AWOLNATION has performed countless shows to millions of fans across the globe.