1 x 12" Vinyl EP
As their first US tour came to a close in March of 2018, tragedy struck AWAKEN I AM on
their home soil in Brisbane, Australia. On the morning of May 15, guitarist Connor Verner-
Oakley?s 24 year old life was cut short by the hands of an intentionally reckless driver, whose
unsuccessful suicide attempt took the wrong life. While in the US, the band was able to cut
'Dissolution,' sadly the final recording starring Oakley (previously released April 30, 2018).
Following the accident, the remaining members of AWAKEN I AM dove straight into the
writing/recording process with producer Taylor Larson (The Word Alive, Asking Alexandria).
Apart from two songs written before his passing, all the titles entirely focus as a tribute to
Oakley. Some directed towards their fallen brother, others at the responsible party - the
songs from those sessions proved to be both cathartic and inspiring. Drummer Luke
McKenzie divulges, '?Dissolution? was the last track we had the privilege of recording with
Connor, he was so proud of it. We shared the same dream with him and we hope to make
him proud by keeping that dream alive with The Beauty In Tragedy.'
On the EP?s title, McKenzie adds, 'Through all of the pain our goal was to take a completely
tragic situation and make something beautiful from it which brought about the name The
Beauty In Tragedy. Recording this album was a chance to be sad, angry, confused and try to
find a way to come to terms with the grief the best we can through music.'
Longtime friend (and sometimes fill-in for the band), Jay Sibthorpe, stepped in to record the
new tracks. 'Jay was very close with Connor,' says bassist Ryan Oxford. 'Having Jay here
makes it the best thing in the world as a result of the most horrible situation. Having
someone who did not mean anything to Connor would have been probably one of the
hardest things to adapt to.'
AWAKEN I AM kick off 2019 with a pair of tours with San Diego?s Secrets, first in Australia
starting January 31, followed by AWAKEN I AM?s second US tour on April 26.
Cat No: VR7671
Packaging: LP Regular
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