TRACK IS THE LATEST OFFERING FROM AWOLNATION’S FORTHCOMING COVERS AND COLLABORATIONS ALBUM DUE MAY 6; OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE JEWEL, PORTUGAL. THE MAN, BECK, BRANDON BOYD OF INCUBUS, GROUPLOVE, AND MORE
AARON BRUNO (AWOLNATION) PHOTOS (Credit: Kari Rowe)
TAYLOR HANSON PHOTO (Credit: Jonathan Weiner)
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 1, 2022 – Diamond-selling recording act AWOLNATION today dropped an infectious cover of Madonna’s classic “Material Girl,” along with Taylor Hanson of pop music sensation Hanson. The indie-infused production is the latest offering from AWOLNATION’s upcoming covers and collaborations project My Echo, My Shadow, My Coversand Me, out May 6 via Better Noise Music. The album’s track listing was revealed earlier this winter and includes collaborations with Beck, Jewel, Portugal. The Man and more. The project is a collection of masterfully crafted and carefully curated covers, with each track featuring at least one acclaimed musical artist with whom AWOLNATION’s founder Aaron Bruno has a personal connection. The aim of the project is to illustrate the healing power of music. Pre-order the album across platforms starting today HERE.
An official music video for the song also premiered today, continuing the album’s aim to take listeners on a nostalgic journey. An homage to the 1980s original release of “Material Girl,” the visual showcases an eclectic collection of 80s futurism and vintage TV clips, which are woven together to provide creative commentary on the song’s exploration of consumerism. Watch it HERE.
Commenting on the song’s release, Bruno, AWOLNATION’s frontman, said the following in a statement, “Taylor Hanson is a very very good singer. And an amazingly kind person. I asked him to try ‘Material Girl,’ and he was definitely thrown off by it at first, but after hearing the final product, I am so happy I convinced him to do it!”
Taylor Hanson added, “My first introduction to the project was simply the idea of working on an unexpected cover song, and a project that would have many different collaborators as a part of it, and that had my interest. The song ‘Material Girl’ was surprising on several levels, because it’s a song I would never expect either AWOLNATION or HANSON to cover. I loved the challenge of covering the song and staying true to the composition, while giving an authentic interpretation that I was proud of. I think the combination of the track Aaron built and the vocal arrangement I was able to contribute is a dynamic combination.”
AWOLNATION’S first official offering from the project, a powerful reimagining of Scorpion’s “Wind of Change,” featuring Portugal. The Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, earned over 1M streams in its first month of release and was accompanied by a striking visual directed by Amalia Irons. The video’s imagery depicts waves of nostalgia, weaving together different scenes that explore the full spectrum of how the passing of time impacts everyone. WATCH NOW. In their exclusive reveal of the album’s title and release date, Billboard spoke with Bruno about his core mission for this collection of songs and collaborations: to illustrate the mental health benefits music brings and the connection within the artist community. Bruno will continue tackling this subject head on in a series of in-depth conversations with his collaborators throughout the album’s campaign.
In February, AWOLNATION dropped “Beds are Burning (Featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against),” another track from the album which gives a futuristic, raw, and gritty twist to the 1987 Midnight Oil classic. A hypnotic and visually stunning animated music video was also unveiled to accompany the “Beds Are Burning” release. Showcasing a series of futuristic funky visuals, it amplifies the next-generation approach to the reimagining of the song. The credits for the project are as follows: Directed and Edited by Jason Michael Hall, CG Assets; Editing and Compositing: Gingerbear Haus Studio Motion Capture Performance; Actors: Aaron Bruno and Jason Michael Hall. WATCH NOW.
AWOLNATION is partnering with The Jed Foundation (JED) to continue having and amplifying conversations about music’s healing power, which started during the height of the 2020 pandemic. On social media, Bruno spoke about the topic with a myriad of artists across genres, many of whom became his collaborators on this project. These initial conversations sparked the partnership with JED, which is a leading mental health nonprofit. Both parties are excited to use the album release to continue shedding light on this important topic, and a portion of the proceeds from the album will go to JED’s mental health awareness efforts. More information about where and when fans can hear these conversations will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“Through our work, we see daily how starting conversations and sharing stories can break down the barriers and misunderstandings that leave too many people struggling in silence,” said John MacPhee, CEO of The Jed Foundation. “Music is such a powerful mental health vehicle and we are excited to partner with Bruno to amplify this impact.”
To follow the covers project, AWOLNATION is currently working on a new album with original music, after most recently celebrating the 10th anniversary celebration of the group’s platinum debut album Megalithic Symphony, which spawned the rare DIAMOND-certified “Sail”, and releasing their 2020 album ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS. Featuring the hit single “The Best” and collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, ANGEL MINERS was the band’s first album after signing to Better Noise Music and was praised by both critics and fans upon release.
MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME Tracklisting
Beds Are Burning (featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against) Eye In The Sky (featuring Beck) Take A Chance on Me (featuring Jewel) Maniac (featuring Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves) Just A Friend (featuring Hyro The Hero) Material Girl (featuring Taylor Hanson of Hanson) Wind of Change (featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal The Man) Waiting Room (featuring Grouplove) Drive (On digital only) Flagpole Sitta (featuring Elohim) Alone Again (featuring Midland)
Since its formation by multi-talented musician and songwriter Aaron Bruno in 2010, AWOLNATION has redefined alternative music. With multiple radio hits at the alternative format, including 8 Top Fives and 2 Number Ones, the act has inarguably already made a permanent mark, not just in their genre, but across modern music. Most notably, the chart-topping, record-breaking, diamond-certified track “Sail” created a reference soundscape for a myriad of hits in the last decade. That song launched a career that already spans four albums. Megalithic Symphony, the platinum debut LP that also produced the gold certified “Not Your Fault” and two other Top 10 US singles. Sophomore album Run arrived in 2015, and the follow-up, Here Come The Runts, came in 2018. Then entering a creative partnership with current label Better Noise music, the band’s fourth full-length album, ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS, featuring the hit single “The Best,” was released on April 24, 2020, and features collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. In their positive review of the project, AllMusic calls it, “an energetic, fun, and compulsively listenable set that distills the best of what AWOLNATION can do: making pop-savvy, dance-friendly, alternative rock anthems that are not bound to traditional genre conventions.”
That boundary breaking of genres continued in Bruno’s creative calling, even more so as the world shut down in 2020. While quarantining, Bruno had the idea to celebrate music unapologetically with a team of talented friends – new and old. The result is the upcoming album My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me, a collection of unexpected yet passionately crafted covers and collaborations. Launched with the first single in January 2022, a powerful rendition of “Winds of Change,” featuring Portugal the Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, the project offers a sonic experience that takes listeners inward on a retrospective journey and outward on a collective celebration. The homage paid to each song’s original artist is just as fun to dive into as the mutual respect heard in every note from both AWOLNATION and guests.
BETTER NOISE MUSIC is the premiere independent music label under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Music (formerly Eleven Seven Music), founded in 2006 by music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on artist development and has grown into a music industry independent powerhouse, with a roster including Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, The HU, AWOLNATION, All Good Things, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, and Fire From The Gods. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto and Sydney.
In 2021, Better Noise Music dominated Billboard’s Year End charts in the rock space, landing at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Label charts and ranked as one of the top Mainstream Rock Label for the year.
ABOUT THE JED FOUNDATION (JED)
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health. Learn more and access resources at www.jedfoundation.org.