Live Review: AWOLNATION [The Deaf Institute, Manchester] September 15, 2011

By September 18, 2011 September 11th, 2016 Live

Aaron Bruno’s AWOLNATION has overtaken radio waves throughout the States, but as the artist himself will explain, the band hasn’t really managed to “break” into the UK as of yet. With only a handful of shows in London already under their collective belt, AWOLNATION tonight tries to crack an audience up North in the delightful Deaf Institute venue.


With its excellent décor and epic disco-ball, the intimate-ish space is the perfect setting for a new AWOL takeover. Indeed, the strength of great material from the ‘Megalithic Symphony’ album including the inspiring ‘Jump On My Shoulders’ and the raw, honest (and yet completely catchy) ‘Not Your Fault’ sound absolutely anthemic here. It’s always interesting to see how a predominantly electronic band is able to re-create recorded material in a rock ‘n’ roll setting, and AWOL (completed by four other great multi-instrumentalists and performers) is very up to the task, finishing their night in glorious fashion with ‘Knights Of Shame’ followed by a short and sweet ‘Bulls On Parade’ (RATM) intro.

AWOLNATION as a band, are the future of electronic-rock crossover sounds; easy to dance to, accessible and powerful all in one go. This lot are set for great things, and as the group are currently tearing up huge festivals over in America, we are pretty sure more headline sets across the country will beckon over ‘ere – we’re just glad to catch their arena-ready show in this awesome space.

For more information visit the official AWOLNATION website.