Most people have at least heard the song "Sail" one way or another, but not everyone gets to experience the whole package of AWOLNATION. When the intro music kicked you knew these guys were going to give it their absolute all for the next hour. We don’t know what genre you’d categorize the music but we would place them in some shape or form of pop… with a catch.
AWOLNATION’s brand of pop has influences of every other genre, from punk to hip hop, intermixed into one giant caldron of music. We were definitely not expecting what we saw that night at Irving Plaza, May 3.
Dawning blue and green jumpsuits and having crazy antics, the band member seemed to be completely engulfed in musical expression by jumping, headbanging, and everything in between. The crowd was just as crazy themselves by singing along, jumping, and even moshing. Yes, you heard us right, there were fans running into each other from excitement at points because the band was rocking out so hard.
The hour long set featured equal parts Megalithic Symphony and equal parts Run so it was perfect for new and old fans. The set started off with the song "Run" which starts with beats and the vocal line,
"I am a human being, capable of terrible things."
The song ends with a super bassy, heavy outro that left us in shock. We remember were were so taken back and all we could do was just laugh from how awesome we thought it was.
The band rolled through song after song and everyone seemed to know every word. It was really hard to distinguish which songs were the most popular because each song seem to be treated the same way. Some favorites were "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)," "Kill Your Heroes," and "Woman Woman." "Not Your Fault" was our favorite though because we felt the the fans were singing the loudest to it and we felt a lot of people connection to the lyrics.
At one point there was even an epic drum solo. Percussionist, Issac Carpenter, had a smile on his face the entire time and stopped a few times for the crowd to cheer him on. It was definitely an impressive display of speed and overall skill without being cliche at all when it comes to a solo. Immediately after, the whole band had an all out jam session that had the crowd going completely wild. Amongst that, Zach Irons, guitarist, found a perfect spot to include a solo of his own in the mix. The adrenaline was off the charts and vocalist, Aaron Bruno, had the audience doing some unison chants. It was wild to say the least.
They left the stage after the song "Burn It Down" after 45 minutes into the show, indicating there had to be some sort of encore. The crowd chanted "A-WOL-NAT-ION" over and over and sure enough, they came back out to play three more songs. The second to last song, "Dreamers," got people totally amped up just in time for the last song, "Sail." Fans were crowd surfing and singing along and it was an absolute perfect way to end the night.
We were in such awe by the time the last note was played. This concert was one of the most impressive live performances we've seen in a long, long time so all we have to say is this: