Apr 252019

Awaken I Am have released ‘The Stages Of Grief,’ the brand new video from their upcoming EP “The Beauty In Tragedy”, set for release tomorrow, April 26, 2019. The five song collection plays as a tribute dedicated entirely to their late guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley.

“The love that we all shared with Connor ran so deep,” admits drummer Luke McKenzie. “With such a sudden loss we never got the chance to let him know how much we loved him, how proud we are of him and how we cherished the final times we spent together. This recording was the hardest thing we have ever had to work through and move forward from. ‘The Stages Of Grief’ is self-explanatory, we are working through all of this and finding our way of saying he will always be loved and always missed.” Continue reading »

Mar 142019

Awaken I Am have released a brand new video for ‘Kin,’ from their upcoming EP “The Beauty In Tragedy,” set for release on April 26, 2019. The five song collection plays as a tribute to their late guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley, and features the previously released song/video  ‘Dissolution’ with ‘Kin’ and three new tracks dedicated to Oakley.

“What would you say to someone who took a loved one from you if you had the chance?” asks drummer Luke McKenzie. “Part of dealing with the loss of our brother Connor was coming to terms that he was taken from us far too soon and the anger stemming from that. ‘Kin’ was our chance to bring those emotions to the surface and say what we needed towards the responsible party.” Continue reading »

Jan 262019

Australia’s alt-rock outfit Awaken I Am premiere their new single, ‘Indifference,’ with details behind their upcoming EP, “The Beauty In Tragedy,” a tribute to their late guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley. Set for release on Oakley’s birthday April 26, 2019, the five-track EP features the previously released song/video ‘Dissolution,’ (watch below) as well as three new tracks dedicated to Oakley. Drummer Luke McKenzie explains, “The last track we had the privilege of recording with Connor was ‘Dissolution,’ he was so proud of it. We shared the same dream with him and we hope to make Connor proud by keeping that dream alive with The Beauty In Tragedy.”

Listen to the new track ‘Indifference’ below.

“Nevermind he was Awaken I Am’s guitarist, Connor was a friend first and foremost. We needed to regroup but it was very difficult, beyond our wildest reach,” McKenzie adds. “During the writing, recording and the lead up process to completing these songs, it forced us to face grief and loss everyday as we worked through it. The release of this EP is our chance to give ourselves and fans something to always remember Connor by while giving us closure to move on to a new chapter as a band.” Continue reading »

Apr 302018

Australia’s Awaken I Am continues to break genres with the release of ‘Dissolution,’ their newest video. The brand new track follows the release of their full length album “Blind Love.” The video can be seen below.

“This song is a chance for me to get some closure and say some things I never had the chance to say. The new sound and imagery symbolizes taking a step forward, leaving the past and old ways behind,” explains drummer Luke McKenzie.

“After being so blown away from our recent first full tour of the United States earlier this year, we are so excited to come back for a second this summer with CKY and Slaves. The guys in Slaves are good friends and CKY always puts on a killer show, so we are expecting great vibes all around on this tour.” Continue reading »

Oct 192017

Combining soulful vocals and avant-garde imagery in one infectious burst, Awaken I Am has eradicated genres with ‘Black Dreams,’ their latest visual masterpiece. The video comes from their likewise enchanting new album, “Blind Love,” available everywhere now. The video can be watched below.

“’Black Dreams’ is written from a dark place of trying to climb out of the depths of depression and anxiety,” explains drummer Luke McKenzie. “In that place, it’s hard to confront yourself and the spiral of self destructive tendencies. Ultimately it is the love of those who know you better than you know yourself that help lift you up.”
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