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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Awaken I Am – “Blind Love”

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Sep 252017
 

Alternate rockers from Gold coast of Brisbane, Awaken I am, are set to release their sophomore album, “Blind Love” on the 29th of September under Victory records. Awaken I am, raised to fame when their debut album “Shields and Crowns” reached the #3 spot on I-tunes Metal chart. Having toured with Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada and Emarosa in the past, the band made headlines when they appeared at the So What Festival in Dallas. Predominant in the Australian scene, the band bagged a worldwide deal with Victory records at the end 2016.

Right at the outset the band’s sound is very different from what I’ve heard over the years, a far cry from the traditional alt-Rock. The band however takes a bold step while shaping its music as it pushes itself to the realms of Pop-Rock. The songs have upbeat soundscapes, even though the songs speak of struggles with ones past. Be it for the staccato guitar riffs that fill up the songs, or the electronic elements, the songs do get pretty catchy at the chorus. Adam has an impressive vocal range and showcases his style as he juggles rap, with an occasional falsetto and ties it up beautifully with his melodies on the choruses. Continue reading »