AWOLNATION – American alternative rock band
The founder of AWOLNATION, Aaron Richard Bruno was born on 11 November 1978 in Westlake Village, California.
Before starting his own project, Aaron performed with the post-grunge band Home Town Hero, an indie-rock group Under the Influence of Giants and a few other bands.
In 2009, Red Bull Records offered Bruno a chance to use their LA recording studio free. Aaron took full advantage of the opportunity and recorded several songs for his new project AWOLNATION. The name came from Aaron’s high school nickname. Friends called him AWOL for his habit to leave without saying goodbye.
In 2010, AWOLNATION recorded its first EP Back from Earth. Almost a year later, the band released its debut LP Megalithic Symphony. Even though the group had several members, Aaron wrote and performed the majority of the songs. The debut was very successful. The album made it into many charts. It reached the 84th spot on Billboard 200 and the 9th position on Billboard Independent Albums. The LP conquered the world music arena, reaching the 57 position in Austria, and the 179th place in the UK. One and a half years after the release, the album sold more than 1 million copies in the USA and became platinum.