Awolnation (usually stylized as AWOLNATION) is an American electronic rock band, formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under the Influence of Giants, Hometown Hero and Insurgence. The band is signed to Red Bull Records, and their first EP, Back from Earth, was released on iTunes on May 18, 2010.
Aaron Bruno (born November 11, 1978) is an American rock musician. He is best known for being the lead singer of Awolnation. He is a former member of the post-grunge band Home Town Hero, the indie-pop group Under the Influence of Giants, and Insurgence. He was born and raised in Los Angeles.
In 2004, Home Town Hero split up shortly after their second EP. Aaron continued to write music. He created the song “Sail” in 2010 as part of AWOLNATION’s first EP, Back From Earth. Sail later debuted as number 30 on the U.S Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2011, going platinum in America and double platinum in Canada. Later that year the albumMegalithic Symphony was released.
The band released their debut album Megalithic Symphony digitally on March 15, 2011, and physically on March 29, 2011 on Red Bull Records. Megalithic Symphony features a total of 14 tracks, including the singles “Sail“, “Not Your Fault”, and “Kill Your Heroes” (produced by Brian West). Bonus tracks are also offered with the purchase of the digital album depending on the outlet. These tracks include “Shoestrings”, “Swinging from the Castles” and “I’ve Been Dreaming”. “Sail“, peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Rock Songs and has gone platinum in the US and double platinum in Canada.
“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.
“Sail” was covered by Macy Gray (included on her album Covered) and by DevilDriver (on their album Winter Kills). “Sail” was also used for a Sonya Tayeh routine in So You Think You Can Dance season 9, episode 6; at the end of the episode “Dog Soldiers” in season 1 ofLongmire; and featured on the soundtrack of the thriller horror movie Playback released in March 2012, as well as Disconnect (2012).
The track gained even greater exposure when it was featured during BMW’s Olympic Opening Ceremony and in commercial spots throughout the Olympic broadcasts. “Sail” also during CBC Hockey Night’s opening tease in Canada on February 18, 2012, prior to a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. It was also used as of March 2013 in commercials for History Channel’s new series, Vikings.
The song has also inspired conversations among bioethicists. “Sail” peaked at 17 on the USA Billboard Hot 100, 38 on NZ charts and 39 on the UK charts. ‘Sail’ was also used on wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss‘s YouTube film ‘Grinding the Crack’, which as of December 2013 has had 25 million views.
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