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Better Noise Music
Radio Date: 11/03/2022
AWOLNATION feat. TIM MCILRATH OF RISE AGAINST
"BEDS ARE BURNING"
Il nuovo singolo in radio dal 11 Marzo
IL NUOVO ALBUM
‘MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME’
IN ARRIVO IL 6 MAGGIO CON LA PARTECIPAZIONE DI BECK, JEWEL, PORTUGAL. THE MAN E MOLTI ALTRI
GUARDA IL VIDEO TRATTO DALLA COVER DI
‘BEDS ARE BURNING’
CON TIM MCILRATH DEI RISE AGAINST
AWOLNATION ha svelato oggi la tracklist del suo nuovo disco di cover "My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me", in uscita il 6 maggio via Better Noise Music.
L’album vedrà al suo interno la collaborazione di diversi nomi di spicco come Beck, Jewel, Portugal. The Man e molti altri. Nel frattempo la band ha pubblicato un nuovo brano tratto dal disco, “Beds are Burning” con al suo interno il frontman dei Rise Against Tim Mcilrath come ospite. Un progetto fortemente collaborativo e celebrativo, una raccolta di cover realizzate in maniera impeccabile, con ogni traccia che presenta un acclamato artista musicale con il quale il fondatore di AWOLNATION Aaron Bruno ha un legame personale. E proprio dopo aver incrociato le strade nel corso degli anni in festival e shows, la band ha unito le forze con Tim McIlrath dei Rise Against per dare una svolta futuristica, cruda e grintosa al classico dei Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning”.
A hypnotic and visually stunning animated music video was also unveiled today to accompany the “Beds Are Burning” release. Showcasing a series of futuristic funky visuals, it amplifies the next-generation approach to the reimagining of the song. The credits for the project are as follows: Directed and Edited by Jason Michael Hall, CG Assets; Editing and Compositing: Gingerbear Haus Studio Motion Capture Performance; Actors: Aaron Bruno and Jason Michael Hall.
Marking today’s release, Bruno gave a statement on what this song means to him: “Ever since I was much younger, I would sing along to this song. The singer may have the coolest dance moves in music video history. I think this song speaks for itself in terms of the message and meaning of the song. I was excited that Tim from Rise Against performed on this one in particular, given the power and influence his lyrics and music have had for so many years”.
McIlrath said of the collaboration: “When I met Aaron years ago at one of our shows at the Coliseum in L.A., he disclosed his past time spent in hardcore bands, and we bonded over that. I’ve always been a fan of his, both as a person and his music, so it was an easy decision to guest on his version of Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning.’ It didn’t hurt that I also love the song and all it stands for. I’m really impressed with the ways in which he made it his own because it’s not an easy song to reimagine”.
Originally recorded by Midnight Oil, drummer Rob Hirst gave their stamp of approval, stating, “A tough new light on our old song! The whistle near the end is a deft touch...congrats AWOLNATION and Tim on doing a brilliant job!".
AWOLNATION’S first official offering from the project, a powerful reimagining of Scorpion’s “Wind of Change”, featuring Portugal. The Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, earned over 1M streams in its first month of release and was accompanied by a striking visual directed by Amalia Irons. The video’s imagery depicts waves of nostalgia, weaving together different scenes that explore the full spectrum of how the passing of time impacts everyone. In their exclusive reveal of the album’s title and release date, Billboard spoke with Bruno about his core mission for this collection of songs and collaborations: to illustrate the mental health benefits music brings and the connection within the artist community. Bruno will continue tackling this subject head on in a series of in-depth conversations with his collaborators throughout the album’s campaign.
Today’s release also comes with the official announcement that AWOLNATION is partnering with The Jed Foundation (JED) to continue having and amplifying these conversations about mental health that started during the pandemic. In 2020, Bruno started having organic, honest conversations about some of the mental health challenges the world was facing during quarantine. On his social media, he spoke with a myriad of artists across genres, many of whom became his collaborators on this project. These initial conversations sparked the partnership with JED, which is a leading mental health nonprofit. Both parties are excited to use the album release to continue shedding light on this important topic, and a portion of the proceeds from the album will go to JED’s mental health awareness efforts. More information about where and when fans can hear these conversations will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“Through our work, we see daily how starting conversations and sharing stories can break down the barriers and misunderstandings that leave too many people struggling in silence", said John MacPhee, CEO of The Jed Foundation. "Music is such a powerful mental health vehicle and we are excited to partner with Bruno to amplify this impact”.
To follow the covers project, AWOLNATION is currently working on a new album with original music, after most recently celebrating the 10th anniversary celebration of the group’s platinum debut album Megalithic Symphony, which spawned the rare DIAMOND-certified “Sail”, and releasing their 2020 album "ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS". Featuring the hit single “The Best” and collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, "ANGEL MINERS" was the band’s first album after signing to Better Noise Music and was praised by both critics and fans upon release.
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