AWOLNATION came out last night to play their first of two shows being held this week at Los Angeles’s historic Wiltern Theater. The almost full house was greeted with two opening performances, the first being Los Angeles’s own Iron Tom, followed by UK’s Nothing But Thieves. Each band was incredible but the stand out performance came from Iron Tom. The ‘punch you in the face’ emotion, passion and pantomiming that lead singer Harry Hayes delivers during each song stops you in your tracks. The performance leaves you hypnotized and there wasn’t a soul who wasn’t completely captivated by Iron Tom’s performance.
Nothing but Thieves, who’s song, “Sorry” has been growing with popularity on the US rock stations was the second act to perform. The band played a solid 45-minute set full of fast tempos, powerful lyrics and pitch-perfect vocals.
When AWOLNATION finally hit the stage they certainly had something to prove following the amazing performances seen earlier in the evening. The band came out ready to deliver and dived right into, “Here Comes The Runts” the title track off their new album, released in February of this year. The band played 7 songs from that album and fans were dancing and singing along already familiar with the new tracks. Lead singer, Aaron Bruno, stepped from the stage and perched himself on a banister and sat among fans to deliver an emotional version of “Handy Man”. Later on, in the show guitarist Zach Irons treated the audience to an awesome instrumental cover of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” that evolved into an unknown instrumental song that eventually launched the band into their next song, “Run." The band closed out the evening with a three-song encore including a cover of The Pixies, “Where is My Mind”, followed by “Burn It Down” and finished off the evening with a banging version of their most popular song, “Sail”.