Brisbane mainstays Awaken I Am held their highly anticipated album launch for sophomore record “Blind Love” (check out our review here) last Friday in Brisbane. A bittersweet launch, as the show also served as vocalist Adam Douglas’ last show with the band. With support from Tired Eyes, Kings, and We Set Signals, the room was full and the crowd was ready for the powerhouse performance they were about to bear witness to.
Kicking things off with single ‘Slumber’, Awaken I Am wasted no time in pushing as much energy and passion out from the stage and into the crowd. The crowd interaction from Douglas on vocals, as well as Ryan Oxford on bass and Ned Jankovic on guitar was a real sight to behold, and the punters lapped up every ounce of it.
The band ripped through a set consisting primarily of “Blind Love” tracks, including ‘Black Dreams’, ‘Wolves’, and ‘Blind Love’, as well as bangers from their debut “Shields & Crowns” and a throwback to their EP days with ‘Consider the Thought’ (a personal favourite of mine). An emotional highlight of the show had Adam Douglas don an acoustic guitar to perform a heartfelt and sorrowful tribute to the tragic passing of his best mate Troy Lacey. Indeed, looking around there was hardly a dry eye left in the room.
No one to waste words, Adam Douglas didn’t bog the crowd down in a lengthy farewell. Instead, he simply thanked the crowd, his friends and family, and the members of Awaken I Am, both past and present, for supporting him. With a final “keep supporting the boys”, Adam said his final piece and the band left the stage. However, as we all have come to know for big live events, there is always an encore and the band came back for a powerful finish with ‘Landslide’, a definitive crowd-pleaser.
All photos by Harley Folbigg (@harlrah)
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