Melbourne, Australia based five piece AWOL let you know what they’re about with the release of their namesake track, “AWOL.” The third single from the band’s upcoming album Tear ‘Em To Bits, out April 26th on Flatspot Records worldwide and Last Ride Records in Australia. On “AWOL” the Melbourne band deliver with intensity, as lyrics tackle the timeless question of friend or fake. The track gets a performance video treatment, directed by Thomas Elliott & Pablo Barnes. The band has also announced an Australian record release tour with support from Knuckledragger, dates below.

AWOL hit the recording studio in Melbourne over the course of 2023, where the band captured their love of classic hardcore in its purest form on the upcoming Tear ‘Em To Bits. Following 2021’s AWOL EP, the nine songs on Tear ‘Em To Bits build on the band’s monstrous sound, filled with gruff vocals, groove-driven riffs, and meaty breakdowns. Drawing from bands like Madball and Biohazard, AWOL pack aggression across the record. The lyrics are punishing, covering everything from deception and failed relationships to addressing drug addiction and police brutality.

With Tear ‘Em To Bits, proves that AWOL has earned a seat at the table as one of the most compelling new bands in the genre they love. As the band simply states: “The only goal was to make a good hardcore record that we were proud of and that our friends could get behind.”

Tear ‘Em To Bits is available for preorder now here:

AWOL is Christian Schultz (vocals), Mike Williams (guitar/vocals), Otis T Bennie (guitar/vocals) Pat Shanahan (drums) and Pablo Barnes (bass).



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