AWOLNATION: "We want the musical ability to compete with anyone - whether it's Metallica or Miley Cyrus"

Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION
(Image credit: Chris McKay/WireImage)

When poised with the question ‘What felt different about album number four?’ Awolnation leader Aaron Bruno’s answer is probably best described as every guitar player’s ultimate nightmare, the extreme worst-case scenario end of misfortunes.

“For starters, the studio I built on my property burned down in the Californian Woolsey Fires,” says Bruno, talking to Guitar World from his home in Los Angeles. “That happened while I was on tour with Twenty One Pilots, so I was in Arizona playing and my wife was at home. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).