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AWOLNATION

25 Things You Didn't Know

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    AWOLNATION is the solo Project of Aaron Bruno. He uses live musicians in conjuction with electronic sounds.

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    Aaron Bruno is from sunny Los Angeles, California.

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    The lead singer Aaron Bruno was in a signed band, Under the Influence of Giants, before AWOLNATION.

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    Aaron Bruno was also in a band called Home Town Hero.

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    Bruno's previous band, Home Town Hero, attracted the attention of Madonna's Maverick Records label after they joined the Van's Warped Tour but didn't have much success.

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    Bruno writes all of his songs himself, but confides in close friends and family or respected artists for guidance

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    Aaron Bruno was approached by Red Bull Records in 2009, asking if he wanted free use of the Red Bull recording studio in Los Angeles.

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    Aaron Bruno tried his hand at writing pop songs for various artists to make some money after his other less successful Album releases, and got to use the studio after hours to explore his own ideas.

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    The name Awolnation is derived from Aaron Bruno's high school nickname because he would go awol.

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    Aaron Bruno writes all the songs. His guitar player, Drew Stewart, was in two Previous bands with Aaron Bruno before AWOLNATION and the keyboard player, Kenny Carkeet, was the engineer of the band's hit "Sail."

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    The band released their debut album Megalithic Symphony digitally on March 15, 2011.

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    The band's first single, "Sail", peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Rock Songs.

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    "Sail" was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in June 2013.

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    Aaron Bruno came up with "Sail" in the matter of an hour.

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    "Sail" was featured in the episode "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" of CBS's television show The Good Wife, commercials for the Fox television show House, Nokia's commercial for Lumia and PT's commercial for 4G LTE, and is also the background music for Under Armour's "Are You from Here" commercial, featuring Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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    Aaron Bruno was "dead broke" living in a friend’s Grandmother’s Garage with no kitchen or A/C while he was writing songs for what later become AWOLNATION.

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    The track is also featured in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

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    The band is currently working on a second studio album. They released two new songs, "ThisKidsNotAlright" and "Some Kind of Joke".

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    "Sail" was covered by Macy Gray and is included on her album Covered. She performed with AWOLNATION at Coachella 2013.

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    Aaron Bruno says "when I turned 19 years old, that's when it became full-on, where I left everything else behind, and quit everything else, and spent all my time on learning how to create a real band."

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    Aaron Bruno met his keyboard player while working as an engineer in a studio in Los Angeles.

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    "Some Kind of Joke" appears as the second song on the Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall – Music Inspired by the Motion Picture soundtrack.

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    Aaron Bruno made two songs with Daniel M. Nakamura AKA Dan the Automator. Aaron told La Music in an interview, "he is responsible for at least three records that I would put in my top 50 albums of all time…I was just in awe that this dude even wanted to work with me."

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    Aaron Bruno sites his first experience of the power of music when his father taught him "La Bamba" on guitar.

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    When a Texas radio station began playing "Sail" before it was even a single and things started to spiral – slowly, but surely – out of control.

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