Awaken I Am
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Awaken I Am

Hughenden, Queensland, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Hughenden, Queensland, Australia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Rock Alternative




"Make It Loud"

“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. - Audio Arsenal Magazine

"Resonance by Awaken I Am"

Rate: 5/5
Their album, Resonance is an expertly executed experience that you don’t want to miss out on. The album starts off with a prelude of synths that whet your appetite for the music that is to come. The second track “It’s Just Business” bursts onto the soundscape with catchy synths, strong vocals, and an intricate web of guitars; a recipe that works for them through the rest of the album. All that paired with Adam’s insightful lyrics make this album the complete package.

Their track “Lumineux” strips it all away in a vulnerable number driven by piano and strings that proves that they can be just as convincing without the hype of their catchier tracks. All in all they show a lot of versatility and a lot of talent on this album and it is definitely worth picking up. Hopefully they’ll start touring outside Australia soon so that the rest of the world can appreciate them as well.
- C. J. Lassiter

"Top Monthly Albums - April 1st. 2012"

"One listen to their EP and you'll wonder how these guys aren't massive yet. Melodic guitars, playful drums, soaring vocals and a very refined sound. Warning: These song WILL get stuck in your head pretty much immediately." - Kill Your Scene


Resonance - EP (2011)

Seek Solace Search - Single (2013)

It's Just Business

Humble, Not Humbled


Time Is Not An Option


Walk Alone

Consider The Thought
Seek Solace Search - Single (2013)



Awaken I Am (AIA) are quickly gaining a reputation for being the next best thing to come out of Australia and taking a good look at the band it is easy to see why.

Having spent 5 years of hard work and developing their sound and supporting many renowned artists such as Dance Gavin Dance, Jonny Craig, Tonight Alive, Alesana, The Amity Affliction, Parkway Drive, In Hearts Wake, Senses Fail and The Devil Wears Prada; AIA are looking forward to a big year in 2015 as they prepare to release their Debut LP.

This release is a clear representation of the hard work and dedication that they have put into not only the band, but their musicianship as a collective. It is the stepping stone for AIA to proudly transition from the Australian market and onto the international stage.

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