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Photos + Review: Awolnation @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Photos by: Joanna Glezakos – 

Review by: Adam Harrison –

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: Aaron Bruno of Awolnation performs at Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on February 10, 2018. (Photo: Joanna Glezakos/Aesthetic Magazine)

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 10: Aaron Bruno of Awolnation performs at Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on February 10, 2018. (Photo: Joanna Glezakos/Aesthetic Magazine)

Indie-alternative-electro-dance-rock band, Awolnation, highlighted the weekend at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre last night in support of their latest album, Here Come The Runts. And the venue was full of such runts, in the first of two sold out back-to back nights.

Opening the show were UK alt-rock rising stars, Nothing But Thieves. Currently promoting their sophomore album, Broken Machine, they riffled through their 30-minute set like baby-faced assassins saying very little between in order to get in as many songs as possible including straight fire hits like “Sorry,” “Trip Switch,” and the set closing “Amsterdam.”

After an extended break to ensure Awolnation’s cacti were organized on stage properly, the unorthodox quintet hit the stage with a blast of strobe lights, kicking things off with the title track from their new album. Lead singer and frontman, Aaron Bruno, appeared decked out in jumpsuit, cowboy hat, and cape reading “The Runts” on the back. The band’s energy was pure electric from the very start. The crowd reciprocated as they transitioned into their first hit of the night “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf).” The vibes were consistent for the complete 75-minute set. Guitarist Zach Irons leapt around the stage like a rock n’ roll gazelle, while Bruno blessed us with his bizarre dance moves and icy stare.

Here Comes The Runts could be Awolnation’s most complete album to date and we were lucky to hear several songs from the new album including the spirited lead single “Passion,” as well as the ever so catchy “Miracle Man,” the euphoric “Handyman” and the melancholy but vocally impressive “Table For One.”

But of course it wouldn’t be an Awolnation show without their mega-hit “Sail.” “I wrote this song when I hit rock bottom,” Bruno admitted in an attempt to convince their fans not to give up on their dreams. “Find something you’re passionate about and it will make you a better husband, wife, mother, father, or friend.” At the very least it was clear the fans were passionate about this song. They sang along to every word with their hands in the air – A fine way to wrap up a memorable February evening.

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