Awaken I Am- Resonance
Review by Doug Chesnulovitch
“Make it loud.”
This quote from Awaken I Am’s EP Resonance, released in October 2011, could not define this album better. Infectious guitar riffs, catchy lyrics with beautiful melodies, and drums you can’t help but tap your feet to, meld together to form this very solid album that is over way too fast.
Awaken I Am is a 5-piece Progressive Pop-Rock band from the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Australia and was formed as a fresh start from the fragments of a band known as Sleepers. Band members include: Adam Douglas (lyrics), Ashley Jackson (guitar), Dave Nankervis (guitar/vocals), Joel Goodlet (drums), and Daniel Minns (bass). In the past year Awaken I Am has toured with an impressive amount of well-known bands such as The Amity Affliction, Closure In Moscow, As Tall As Lions, Lydia, Dream On Dreamer, Tonight Alive, Parkway Drive, Skyway, Caulfield, Rufio, Floating Me, Electric Horse, The Winnie Coopers, Surecut Kids, and many more. The band is currently in the process of writing/recording for a new album to be released later this year and has a couple of that album’s singles on youtube.
Their album Resonance genuinely surprised me. My head began to move back and forth and my feet started to tap out the beat from the moment I started the album. I have since replayed the album in its entirety ten more times and still find myself enjoying every second of it. Their sound is not completely unique, however it is far from a cookie-cutter pop-rock band. The album remains fresh with each listen and shows a clear distinction between each song by giving them each their own unique characteristic. Resonance starts with an eerie prelude and quickly jumps into hard-hitting vocals and exciting drum patterns with the song, It’s Just Business (one of my favorites on the album and where the quote above came from). After another catchy song called Humble, Not Humbled, the band slows it down in the song Lumineux, which includes beautiful vocals accompanied by a peaceful piano sequence and an underlying synth drum pattern. After another one of my favorite songs on the album because of its commanding guitar riffs called Time Is Not An Option, is a brief interlude that’s then followed by the remaining two songs, Walk Alone and Consider The Thought.
From start to finish this album will have you moving and leave you with wanting more. In summary, support this band and buy this album.
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