MTV PUSH Artist Of The Week: AWOLNATION

You might think that a dude who’s signed to Red Bull Records might specialize in music made specifically for those 17-hour cleaning binges you find yourself on when the caffeine in your system is likely at medically unsound levels (i.e. “Nyan Cat” on a forever loop). But that’s not the case with AWOLNATION. AWOLNATION may sound like an army, but it’s really fronted by Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under The Influence Of Giants, Home Town Hero and Insurgence, and the result is a sonic free-for-all. His varied musical background allowed Bruno to reach across genres while experimenting with AWOLNATION, and the eclectic electro-pop results can be found on their debut album, Megalithic Symphony.

First, check out AWOLNATION’s new video “Not Your Fault,” where Aaron reminds us that any video featuring a claymation version of the artist can’t not be liked. In the video, we see Aaron and his bandmates in various stages of distress — dealing with an abominable snowman, a fire-breathing dragon and (duh) aliens — while he reminds his cartoon girlfriend that he doesn’t mean to yell at her: “Baby, when I’m yelling at you/It’s not your fault, it’s not your fault, and/Baby, ’cause I’m crazy for you/It’s not your fault, it’s not your fault, yeah.” And just like that, it’s happily ever after for all!

If you’re trying to pick which playlist to put “Not Your Fault” on, congratulations — that’s exactly the effect Aaron was going for. As he told us in our interview, “It’s really hard to describe what this record [Megalithic Symphony] sounds like, and I’m really proud that it’s hard to describe.” Mysteries and enigmas, man. We dig. Aaron also opens up about how happy he is about his fortuitous success: “The whole success of this band has been a pleasant surprise, and it was totally unexpected. I tend to expect the worst and hope for the best.” To date, I’m pretty sure that motto has never let anyone down.

AWOLNATION’s Megalithic Symphony is out now on Red Bull Records.

+ Watch the video premiere of AWOLNATION, “Not Your Fault.”

Check out more interviews, videos and performances from AWOLNATION after the jump.

++ AWOLNATION ON AWOLNATION

++ AWOLNATION ON ALIENS

++ AWOLNATION ON MEGALITHIC SYMPHONY

++ AWOLNATION ON “SAIL”

++ AWOLNATION, “SAIL”

++ AWOLNATION, “SAIL”