Betcha thought LA electro-rock band Awolnation was gonna be a one hit wonder with 2011’s “Sail”, huh? Looks like they’re proving everyone wrong with their new track “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf),” the first single from soon-to-be-released album RUN. Three years of touring for debut album Megalithic Symphony and more than their fair share of TV and film placements made for huge success for the group, and their newest single will no doubt bring the same amount of success.
“Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” is certainly not too far off from Megalithic Symphony, but it’s relatively more radio friendly in a “Kill Your Heroes” kind of way than a “Sail” way. Its music is very dance-pop meets grunge in the oddest way that surprisingly works well for Awolnation standards. The track is still very much riddled with sexy growls and light-scream action to distinguish it from a standard indie-pop song on the airwaves. A catchy and simple chorus consisting of “Ima make a deal with the bad wolf so the bad wolf don’t bite no more” packs a punch and reminds us that musicians will pretty much make a deal with the devil (or in this case, wolf) to get their big break.
In a way, the song can somewhat be used to describe how the band rode on the success of “Sail” and how it came as a surprise to them that it became as popular as it was/is (“You should’ve seen it/They were resting on the restless/This happened, literally/Woke up I was headless”). However, a majority of the lines do hint at how they flew under the musical radar for a bit, only to wow us yet again with another single (“Motherfucker I’ll be back from the dead soon/Waiting patiently was waiting taking up space/We are waiting taking up space”). The line “You know I’ll run away for a couple years just to prove I’ve never been free” ultimately proves that they, in fact, knew what they were doing in terms of their flying-under-the-radar tactic.
With the combination of “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” and a highly anticipated cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2015 marks another successful year for the band. At least we’ve got some Awolnation-awesomeness to hold us over until the release of RUN in March.
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