AWOLNATION wsg Blondfire, Mother Mother
The Intersection, Grand Rapids
March 26, 6:30 p.m.
sectionlive.com, (616) 451-8232
In his early twenties, Aaron Bruno was a Warped Tour darling as frontman for post-grunge/punk band Home Town Hero. The group went kaput before its second album was released, so homeboy was out a job. Post HTH, the singer took advantage of his boyish good looks and fronted the cartoonish, Bee Gees-esque Under the Influence of Giants, which released one full-length album in 2006.Bruno eventually emancipated himself from the '60s-influencedband and formed the electro/synth-heavy AWOLNATION. A big sonic departure from previous efforts, Bruno took creative control of the project, writing all the tracks and signing onto Red Bull Records to release the band's first full-length, Megalithic Symphony, in 2011. The band is still riding the success of its hit single, "Sail," even two years after the release. Currently, the band is touring and working on a second album, and it looks like Bruno's finally found his niche.