‘Handyman’ is the third single from AWOLNATION’s second album, ‘Here Come The Runts’, released earlier this month. Their 2011 debut album, ‘Megalithic Symphony’ took them to the stars, but the new album leads them into uncharted (sonic) waters.
‘Handyman’ follows on from earlier releases, ‘Passion’, and ‘Seven Sticks Of Dynamite’, both of which were hits for the band, who are currently in the midst of their US tour, before moving to Europe at the beginning of April.
Shot in California, the video for ‘Handyman’ focuses on a classic love story, filled with dreams, heartache, and sweet memories. The clip was directed by Ravi Dhar, and follows a young couple from when they first met in their youth, to their old age, still holding hands. Frontman Aaron Bruno says of the song that he
“finally wanted to tell a good ole fashion love story. We all have the opportunity to be the handyman (or woman) of the heart.”
The sound of the new album comes from a desire to achieve more organic sounds. Bruno says again,
“I think people are getting really burnt out on hearing robotic instrumentation and robotic vocals. And while I’ve never had robotic vocals, I’ve had a lot of electronic elements.”
As a result, ‘Handyman’ gives us a really So-Cal 60s beach sound, with acoustic guitars, organic drums, and raw vocals all combining together to bring a beautiful pop song to life.
Check out our review of ‘Here Come The Runts’ here.
Tickets for AWOLNATION’s European tour are available here.
AWOLNATION European Tour:
06/4 Paris France @ Les Etoiles
07/4 Frankfurt Germany @ Gibson
09/4 Zurich Switzerland @ Dynamo
10/4 Lausanne Switzerland @ Les Docks
11/4 Milan Italy @ Santeria Social Club
12/4 Munich Germany @ Backstage Werk
14/4 Vienna Austria @ WUK
15/4 Prague Czech Republic @ Roxy
16/4 Warsaw Poland @ Proxima
18/4 Berlin Germany @ Kesselhaus
19/4 Hamburg Germany @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
20/4 Amsterdam Netherlands @ Melkweg
21/4 London UK @ Scala
25/4 Dublin Ireland @ Academy
Find Awolnation online on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and their official website. You can stream and download ‘Here Come The Grunts’ from Spotify, and iTunes.