Awaken I Am
- Ryan Oxford - Bass
- Connor Oakley - Guitars
- Ned Jankovic - Guitars
- Luke McKenzie - Drums
- Jimmy Stevenson - Vocals
“Fresh and exhilarating, melodic and soothing, emotional and difficult with levels of storytelling grace” - NEW NOISE
“One of the glossiest, immaculately preened entries into this scene” - SOUND BOARD
“A cinematic album that’ll see them enter top-tier echelon of heavy music” - HYSTERIA
“A sonic masterpiece filled with layered soundscapes. Intricate yet powerful” - LEMONADE
“Synth-based pop-rock with some post-hardcore influence” - PURE GRAIN AUDIO
“Their most unexpected, most experimental and diverse release to date” - FORTE
“Grooving beats, atmospheric melodies, gentle bubbling melody climbs Awaken I Am to their rightful place” - DEPTH
“One of the scene’s newest acts that everyone should pay attention to” - BUFFALO STATE RECORD
“10 electronic, hard-edged anthems blasting with up-tempo mainstream rock” - MERIDEN RECORD JOURNAL
“Shimmers with atmosphere, sky-high vocal hooks, and a seductive curveball” - ROCK SOUND
“Super energetic catchy metal-pop” - HEAVY
“A band that deserves to be catapulted into the spotlight” - KILL YOUR STEREO
Anxiety and pain are not uncommon as a catalyst for great art, and AWAKEN I AM injected this uneasy mindset to create their new album, Blind Love. The sonically infectious and groundbreaking album captures a lush sound, painted in front of dual guitars complemented by frequent piano, strings, and airtight vocals with soaring harmonies. Is it possible to create art that is risky and eclectic, yet cohesive, intelligent and fluid at the same time? The answer is evident in AWAKEN I AM’s gorgeous, layered landscape of musical precision entitled Blind Love.
Vocalist Adam Douglas formed AWAKEN I AM on the Gold Coast of Brisbane, Australia in 2011, releasing a handful of singles and EPs and performing extensively with some of the country’s largest touring acts. Line-up changes became inevitable during this exhilarating time, but the band gelled in 2014 with the welcoming of drummer Luke McKenzie and guitarists Ned Jankovic and Connor Oakley.
In 2014, the new AWAKEN I AM released their first album Shields & Crowns, which went on to extensive radio play across Australia, reaching #3 on the iTunes Metal Chart and #34 on the ARIA Charts. AWAKEN I AM’s live show is impressive as well, erupting with energy, which was witnessed around the world on tours with Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada, and Rufio, with headlining dates in Japan and an appearance at So What Festival in Dallas. They continued pushing the boundaries of all genres, playing as support and headliners, turning the Australian rock scene on its head. All of this ultimately led to a worldwide deal with Victory Records in late 2016. The band immediately released the music video and single “Slumber,” which premiered on Music Choice on December 14th, 2016.
Jumping right into inspired sessions in early 2017 with producer Taylor Larson (From First To Last, I See Stars, Periphery), the band emerged with Blind Love, which according to Douglas, “is an impassioned record about relationships and being blind to another’s faults - and our struggles to look past our mistakes. Taylor helped bring a fresh creative element and broke down and rebuilt the songs. It was both the most draining and stressful of times, but in the end a rewarding experience that we have had collectively.”
August 2017 saw AWAKEN I AM deliver several new tracks from Blind Love, as they toured their native Australia and New Zealand supporting Slaves. In September, the band returned to Japan, and more international dates will be announced soon.
AWAKEN I AM are quite effortlessly raising the bar on what our generation accepts as quality music and talented musicians. With radio and press interest already buzzing, Blind Love will be the album that truly blasts AWAKEN I AM into the world’s eyes and ears where they belong.
Blind Love was released on September 29th, 2017.
"Blind Love" Music Video