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Awol Nation
Back From Earth
Red Bull Records
www.awolnationmusic.com


Awol Nation takes a fusion of punk rock and electro-pop and make it club-ready. Their 5-track EP Back From Earth receives points for going out on a limb and making a recording that shows facets of '70s blues rock in "Sail", '80s power pop in "Guilty Filthy Soul", and 2000's techno-hop in the dance mixes of "MP" and "Burn It Down." The lyrics vary from having an anthem persuasion in "Burn It Down" with words that rally "If you're feeling like I'm feeling, put your fist through the ceiling," to being selfdeprecating, like in "Sail" with verses that reflect "Maybe I'm a different breed / Maybe I'm always a mystery."

Awol Nation's music is not easy to pin down because they take their songs in different directions. Their EP is literally a sample of music taken from three generations of music, and what they deliver is ready for clubs.

-Susan Frances

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