Watch AWOLNATION Answer Questions in an Exclusive FANDEMIC Instagram Live

‘Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders’ is out now everywhere

April 27, 2020

AWOLNATION is back and more ferocious than ever, releasing their fourth studio album, Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders. An intense and personal journey for frontman Aaron Bruno, the band’s latest collection distills all the things that have made them a platinum force, while opening up a new sense of connection and community.

“The songs were inspired by some of the most difficult events I have experienced,” Bruno shared earlier this year. “I’m excited for us all to enter this new world together and share these stories”

Aaron joined RADIO.COM for an exclusive FANDEMIC Instagram Live on the day of the release, answering questions from fans around the world, and reflecting on this uncertain time.

"I've been talking about this stuff since the first record - different ways of thinking, of navigating through different forms of evil and the light, and trying to put your best foot forward," the AWOLNATION frontman shares with RADIO.COM's Nicole Alvarez. "Sometimes it can be suffocating for sure."

Since their debut in 2010 with “Sail,” Bruno and company have specialized in authentic and absolutely infectious anthems, touring along with Fall Out Boy, Prophets Of Rage, and twenty one pilots. They have continued their hot streak with “The Best” earlier this year, the lead track from Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders. The LP also features an appearance from Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

"You can't help but wonder because these songs are like your little children that you created," Aaron explains, initially nervous about releasing this album during the pandemic. "For a split second I was like, 'shoot, this sucks, this may be bad timing,' - but then I thought about it more and it felt more appropriate than it ever has for me to release an album."

"I say this because I wrote all of these songs based sort of on the heels of a rebirth for myself after going through the California Woolsey fire." The heavy emotions of seeing his studio and land burned to the ground, pushed him to create someone to blame - with this fictitious evil force at the center of the new album. It helped Bruno come out of the darkness, and oddly also applies to our new circumstances.

"Some days it feels like the good guys win, sometimes you're like, 'oh my god, how are we gonna defeat this?' And it seems so parallel to what we're going through as a human race right now. While it's terrifying, incredibly sad, completely impossible to predict how tomorrow will feel - this music right now feels very appropriate."

You can hear much more from Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION in the full FANDEMIC above. Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders is now available everywhere.

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