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Review & Photos: AWOLNATION, Badflower, The Mysterines


OCTOBER 19, 2022



By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications 


AWOLNATION motivated fans to move forward, move sideways, and move backwards last night as a danceable, euphoric mix of alternative rock and electronic pop filled the air.

Band creator Aaron Bruno led the energetic full band with stop motion MJ dance moves and smooth singing with occasional intentional trembling echo effects and speedy raps.

The diverse crowd of all ages were treated to a packed set list with tracks primarily from chart topping Megalithic Symphony (“People,” “Kill Your Heroes,” and an encore of “Sail”) and last year’s Angel Miners & Lightning Riders (“Radical,” “The Best,” “Pacific Coast Highway In The Movies”). 

While Bruno made his way up some stairs onto a platform backed by shadows, the stage lighting and on-stage disco balls made the energy inside the venue kick into high gear as fans reached up and waved their arms in unison.

Other tracks performed included new single “Freaking Me Out,” along with hits “Run,” “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf),” and “Handyman.” Notably, there was a special performance with live guest Hyro The Hero for a cover of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” from AWOL’s latest featured collab cover songs album: My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me.

Badflower opened with solid rock and Seattle grunge with emotionally dark storytelling lyrics. Lead vocalist Josh Katz delivered a strong performance while stepping away from the mic to jam out with his guitar and band mates during performances of hit songs: “The Jester,” “Ghost,” “Don’t Hate Me,” “Heroin,” and “Family.” The band also performed a somber, yet charged performance of “Machine Gun.” 

UK quartet The Mysterines warmed the crowd up with a gritty garage rock sound and a light punk rock personality delivering a solid riffy set.