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Review: Awolnation and Nothing But Thieves at The Fillmore Detroit – 2.13.18


by David Gimpel

Love was defiantly in the air on Valentine’s Day eve at The Fillmore Detroit for the indie electro dance rock group, Awolnation, in support of their third album Here Come The Runts. The venue was filled with a very enthusiastic crowd, and the show did not disappoint them.

Leading off the night was Irontom. Unfortunately, I missed most of their set, but judging by the crowd’s reaction, I’ll make sure I don’t make that mistake again. They feature Awolnation’s guitar player Zach Irons, who also happens to be the son of the former drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, Jack Irons.

Nothing But Thieves was next up. This rising UK rock band are already selling out stadiums and headlining festivals in Europe, and after seeing them, I understand why. They have the punch of Muse, and the anthem-like choruses of Arcade Fire, both of which sound great in a big crowded room. They are in support of their sophomore album, Broken Machines. If you are looking for a new alternative rock band, check them out, you’ll be able to say you knew them before they were cool. It’s too bad the band was sick and had to cut their set short, the crowd wanted more. Hopefully they will make it back to Detroit soon.

Awolnation was coming up next and I can honestly say it’s the first time I have seen a cactus on a rock n roll stage before. One concert goer said it looked like a yoga studio in Arizona… maybe that was the zen-ful vibe Awolnation was looking for.

They came out blasting the crowd with strobe lights, and playing the title track off their latest album Here Come The Runts. Front man Aaron Bruno was donning a cape that said “The Runts,” and a cowboy hat. His energy on stage did not stop from start to finish, and the audience reciprocated.

A bulk of the set was lifted from the new album and the crowd did not seem to mind as they were singalong to everything. That shows some dedication to the fans have as the album has only been out for about a week. They still made sure to belt out hits like “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf),” “Kill Your Heroes,” and my personal favorite,“Run,” which brought out some crowd surfers.

Of course, the ended the night with their biggest hit, “Sail.” Before the song, Bruno told the fans not to give up on their dreams and to use positive energy to make yourself, and those around you better. The crowd was so loud you could probably hear them up and down Woodward. It was a lovely way to end a rocking Valentine’s eve in Detroit.

AWOLNation at The Fillmore Detroit – 2.13.18

Awolnation setlist:

Here Come The Runts
Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)
Seven Siticks Of Dynamite
Kill Your Heroes
Guilty Filthy Soul
Table For One
Miracle Man
Not Your Fault
The Buffoon
A Little Luck .. and a couple of dogs
Stop That Train
Burn It Down

Nothing But Thieves setlist:

I’m Not Made By Design
Wake Up Call
Number 13
Trip Switch

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