Today sees the release of Here Come The Runts – the third studio album by multi-platinum artist, AWOLNATION. Serving as a follow up to the platinum-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony, and 2015’s Run,which included No. 1 hit ‘Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)’ as well as Top 5 tracks ‘I Am’ and ‘Woman Woman’, AWOLNATION’s third undertaking sees Aaron Bruno once again at the helm producing, writing and recording.
“With this record I really wanted to make a rock n’ roll/pop album.” says Bruno. “And I say ‘pop’ how I grew up listening to it, in the sense of Dire Straits or Born In The U.S.A or The Cars or Tom Petty.” Bruno spent 2016 crafting the album in his home studio nestled in the coastal mountain range separating the Pacific Ocean and the suburbs of Los Angeles where he grew up.
The secluded location is reflected throughout the album. “The record definitely has a feel to it that seems parallel to the vibe of this mountain and the land,” Bruno notes. “It’s like a non-GMO record. There’s no fake shit on there, none of the vocals are tuned. It’s all real playing.”
Three videos were released ahead of the new album, including ‘Seven Sticks Of Dynamite’, directed by Riley Harper (Hollywood stunt-double for titles such as Little Miss Sunshine, Straight Outta Compton, Sons of Anarchy etc) alongside frontman Aaron Bruno. The video was filmed at The Old Place in Agoura Hills, CA and features legendary tattoo artist Dr Woo, Rick Rubin, and Duff McKagan.
Inspired by campy bar brawls in old western movies, the video centres around duelling biker and surfer gangs and, like the song the video builds to an epic climax sure to entertain. “I’ve always wanted to make a video at The Old Place with all of my friends and showcase the spirit of old California,” says Bruno. Director Riley Harper adds, “It’s pretty awesome when you get to film a bar brawl, but when you have free reign to shoot it at your local watering hole with all of your friends, that’s just a recipe for a good time and a great outcome!”
AWOLNATION will be embarking on a North American headlining tour with support from Nothing But Thieves on February 11th in Toronto, before crossing the pond for a European/UK run throughout the month of April. A full list of European tour dates can be found below.
Here Come The Runts is out now via Red Bull Records.
European/UK Tour Dates
06 – Les Etoiles, Paris, France
07 – Gibson, Frankfurt, Germany
09 – Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
10 – Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
11 – Santeria Social Club, Milan, Italy
12 – Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
14 – WUK, Vienna, Austria
15 – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
16 – Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
18 – Kesselhaus, Berlin, Germany
19 – Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany
20 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
21 – Scala, London, UK
25 – Academy, Dublin, Ireland