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Music MathersGoing Awolnation
POSTED BY VINNIE BLESI, February 23, 2014    Share

I am convinced that when "The Pompous Fire", aka "The Reklectors", released their most recent cd they got confused and thought they were the band Awolnation.

Awolnation's debut CD "Megalithic Symphony" originally got my attention with their great videos. Their video for "Kill Your Heroes" is one part "Mr. Rogers" and one part a spoof of 80's videos like "ABC" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4MzF53je5M. "Not Your Fault" is an animated video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm9-yVdxbSs , ala 70's Frosty the Snowman. The video for "Burn It Down" is a Judge Judy spoof. Great stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcClvRt9g2Q
Released on "Red Bull" records this release is as much of a anomaly, something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified, as Red Bull's http://redbullflugtagusa.com http://redbullflugtagusa.com.

Most new music is derivative of some previous music movement or band. Awolnation throws convention aside and grabs the 80's by the balls and moves it into a strange, but potent, potion of hybrid pop music that does not hold any punches.

Although this cd contains great tracks, the best song is "All I Need". With a gospel choir that is judiciously used and great simple lyrics, "All I need, all I need...Is you smiling at me, all all I need,
All I need, all all I need, is life, love with you"

The hit single is "Sail", an electronic track that has a different sound from the rest of the CD, but fits in perfect.

The mastermind of Awolnation is Aaron Bruno. I salute you Aaron for snubbing the norm and producing a CD release that is truly original, which is rare in 2014.

"Megalithic Symphony", offers upbeat pop, not afraid to borrow from disco, pop, island sounds, electro, gospel, rock, and deliver songs that are not vanilla, but compelling.

From the Awolnation track, "People", "I was born to rage, For my father's pain, With my brothers style
For my mother's reign, We could use some hope, We must learn to cope, So be good with goodbyes"

If you want a party band with relevance Awolnation is for you. Quite frankly the imposters, The Reflekators, is a poor subsitute.

"Music Mathers" is ©2014 by Vinnie Blesi. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2014 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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