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Live Review: Augustines with Fatherson at Belfast Empire – 28th October 2016

 
By on Monday, 31st October 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

I must begin this review with a couple of regrets. This show brought me to the Empire Music Hall for the very first time, despite living and studying in Belfast for 3 months during 2012. It was also the first and regrettably the last time I will see Augustines live, for the ‘This Is Your Life’ tour was the group’s final farewell string of dates.

I was met by a three/fourths full venue of eager Augustines fans, with a sprinkle of Fatherson fans as I entered the rustic Empire Music Hall on Botanic Avenue. Everything seemed almost too fitting. The emotionally uplifting music produced by Fatherson somehow mixed really well with the neoclassical décor of the venue where Fatherson appeared like preachers, sending out their word among their listeners.

The Scottish band were the perfect support act for these final few Augustines shows. Despite knowing nothing about them prior to the show, the level of musicianship and professionalism alone was enough for me to think they were a great band. It was after their song ‘Cat Stevens’ when I fully began to appreciate them. Individually, each member was as compelling as the next, each having their own little nuances in movement that caught our attention as the eyes of audience members were glued to the stage. Frontman Ross Leighton, in particular, had everything nailed, from his mike technique to his strumming patterns. The vocal melodies and harmonies only strengthened the messages Fatherson were conveying and in such a beguiling way that left shivers down our spines long after they exited the stage.

With a short crossover time between Fatherson and Augustines’ sets, I took the chance to explore the venue in greater detail. Although it was decorated in fake cobwebs and skeletons just in time for Halloween, The Empire is one of the most prestigious in the city for up-and-coming but soon-to-be massive acts. The two-tier venue still has curtain lining the outer edges of the stages, with protruding columns and pilasters, which are still visible from the original foundations, similar to those of an old theatre hall. The dramatic surroundings proved to be a perfect venue for a farewell show.

Augustines graced the stage with pride, dignity and a lot of excitement. Their loyal fans made a clear barrier between the average punter and the band, welcoming the act with whole-hearted cheers. Without letting too much time go by, they began their first song ‘The Avenue’. It didn’t take long for the crowd to join in ultimately drowning out lead singer Billy McCarthy. Without hesitation, McCarthy and Rob Allen introduced drummer Eric Sanderson and touring trumpet player John Panos, which wass when the party truly started, diving into ‘Headlong Into the Abyss’.

Throughout the set, Augustines put their absolute all into the performance, which for their followers must have been extremely rewarding and quite a spectacle. For newcomers like myself, it brought about wonderment and awe. Every lyric was from the bottom of McCarthy’s heart, whether they were words of wisdom, love, tough times or good, or even patriotism, which is what he explained their song ‘Juares’ channels, everything was all for one.

The band did a great job in relating to their Belfast crowd by sympathising with their drinking shenanigans. This prompted the whole room to gradually begin a stomping their feet and chanting ‘Olé’, a sentiment that for some reason has been reappropriated by mainly Irish football fans. In response to this, the band replied with very kind thanks.

From start to finish, the rousing atmosphere never died. They had total control of their audience and delivered such a passionate performance, I imagine the whole room will find it hard to forget. It was clear from the show how much it meant to Augustines. Although they seemed sad by the end to be giving it up, I sensed they felt a great sense of accomplishment. As said before, my only regret is having not seen them before their final tour.

Editor of TGTF Mary Chang contributed to this report.

 

Live Gig Video: Augustines share last-ever promo video for single ‘This is Your Life’

 
By on Friday, 14th October 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, we received word last month that Brooklyn band Augustines were calling it a day. It seems appropriate, then, for them to release as their last-ever music video for their song ‘This is Your Life’, from their album released this year of the same name. Composed of clips from recent live shows and showing off their devoted following, it’s a fitting tribute and thank you to their many fans who have stood by them all this time. Watch it below. To read our Steven’s review of single ‘When Things Falls Apart’ through here. For more of our coverage here on TGTF of Augustines, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raGMs9FALiU[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #2111: Augustines

 
By on Wednesday, 8th June 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Augustines – who were known as We Are Augustines when they first burst onto the music scene 5 years ago, which seems a very long time ago now, doesn’t it? – are gearing up to release their third long-player at the end of this week. ‘This is Your Life’ will be available starting this Friday, the 10th of June, on PIAS, and ahead of that, they’ve got something for us. Their single ‘When Things Fall Apart’ (reviewed by Steven last month here) now has its own promo video. The song has an engaging underdog vibe, which is echoed in the small-town race that the hero of our story takes great pride in participating in. Watch the video for ‘When Things Fall Apart’ below. For more coverage on Augustines on TGTF, head this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRU8Gfi5mDU[/youtube]

 

Preview: Dot to Dot Festival 2016

 
By on Thursday, 19th May 2016 at 9:00 am
 

In this day and age, there are an overwhelming number of music festivals big and small vying for your attention and your hard-earned cash. While we’ve been to the biggies such as SXSW and The Great Escape, there’s something to be said about the smaller events in the less likely places that offer incredible value. Seven years ago, I covered my first UK music festival and now in 2016, I’m chuffed to bits that we’ll be sending another of the TGTF writers out to cover Dot to Dot Festival 2016. If you find yourself not having any plans for the upcoming second May bank holiday weekend, Dot to Dot could, in a pinch, serve as a welcome musical salve to keep your weekend lively.

In case you’ve not heard of Dot to Dot, it’s like behemoth Reading and Leeds in that the bands move on to the next city of the festival, so that nearly all acts set to appear in the franchise will appear in all locations. However, for those who lack the endurance for a longer festival or indeed, for those lacking the desire to commit to more days of an event, Dot to Dot is a 1-day festival, put on at various venues in Manchester (Friday the 27th of May), Bristol (Saturday the 28th of May) and Nottingham (Sunday the 29th of May).

Heading the top of the bill are English indie darlings Mystery Jets, who released their fifth album ‘Curve of the Earth’ at the start of the year. You can read my review of their latest long player here; Rebecca caught some of the band’s set at Live at Leeds late last month too. Providing a welcome contrast, American trio Augustines (pictured at top) will also be appearing at Dot to Dot, ahead of their new album ‘This is Your Life’ out in June on Caroline International in the UK and PIAS America in America. If Steven’s impression of recent single ‘When Things Fall Apart’ is any indication, the synthesisers will be out in full force during their set.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRU8Gfi5mDU[/youtube]

Another big name scheduled to appear at the festival are The Temper Trap, who will be releasing their long-awaited third album ‘Thick as Thieves’ on the same day as Augustines’ LP drops, the 10th of June. They’ll be appearing at a super secret Amazon Music show this Saturday at the Great Escape 2016 in Brighton, but why wonder if you’re going to see them or not and just buy a ticket to Dot to Dot and ensure you will? Check out their teaser track ‘Fall Together’ above. Other inclusions on the lineup of note to us include Irish band Little Green Cars, whose second album ‘Ephemera’ was released in early March, and SXSW 2016 BBC Introducing stage alums The Sherlocks and ESTRONS, as well as Manchester’s SXSW 2015 BBC Introducing breakout band Spring King, whose debut album for Island Records will also drop on the 10th of June. Check out a stripped back Radio 1 Piano Sessions version of their track ‘The Summer’ they did live for Huw Stephens below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXXqNszTwnA[/youtube]

There are, of course, a blindingly amazing list of other acts scheduled to appear at Dot to Dot in 2 weekends’ time, and we invite to check out the official Web site for the most current information on the event. Tickets are available for all three cities at the incredibly low price of £27.50 (including booking fee) directly from Alt-Tickets.

 

Single Review: Augustines – When Things Fall Apart

 
By on Thursday, 12th May 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

If you’ve never heard an Augustines track before, the quintessential components usually consist of lyrics that are born straight from the heart of William McCarthy, soundtracked by rapturous choruses that can echo for miles. On this new outing from the Brooklyn-based band, we find the majority of the instrumentation has been replaced with large, assertive synthesisers, but worry not, the old foundations are still there: larger drums that plough through the electronic underbelly and the backbone of rapid guitar placed lovingly in the mix so as to be present but not to draw away from the array of its electronic counterpart. Synthesis has been a feature for Augustines before, but it appears they’re opting more and more toward this faction, which is certainly not a negative. Rather, it adds to the powerful dynamic that gives Augustines that draw to their fans.

“We’ll go someplace, we’ll get a new start, you gotta move on, when things fall apart.” It’s words like these that bring the immediacy and heart-on-sleeve attraction to Augustines. Their upcoming album, ‘This Is Your Life’ is built around the many tales that the band and particularly McCarthy have amassed over their many years together and during the breaks when McCarthy would embark on cross-country motorbike journeys. You can imagine that the lyrics to this song in particular have been conversations he’s had numerous times with different faces in different places. He has the draw of being heartfelt while remaining strong and taking his wisdom from life and his own personal journey. His voice has an extreme power that settles nicely on top of the higher end found in the synthesis.

Bringing the accessibility and anthemic touch to the kind of music that U2 once developed, Augustines are exposing it to a new audience and a new age. The rousing capabilities that this song has are almost absurd, particularly when twinned with the appropriate synonymous criteria such as a glorious, sun-filled day. It’s almost impossible not to walk away from this track wondering if you just packed a bag and hit the road, would it be the worst thing ever? With McCarthy and company as your soundtrack, you can’t lose.

8/10

Augustines’ new album ‘This is Your Life’ is due for release on the 10th of June via Caroline International in the UK and PIAS America in America. TGTF’s archive of coverage on Augustines (who were for a time known as We Are Augustines) is right back this way.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/DMCIHvyYWG8[/youtube]

 

Augustines / November and December 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 6th August 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Seattle-based American group Augustines are set to release ‘Weary Eyes’, the third single from their recent self-titled album, on the 8th of September. (Mary reviewed the album here. You can take a listen to ‘Weary Eyes’ below the tour date listing.) The release will be followed by a tour of the UK, culminating with a date at the London Roundhouse.

Tickets for the following shows are available through a fan presale on the band’s Web site tonight at 9 PM. The general sale for all dates begins Friday the 8th of August at 9 AM, except for the London show, which is available now.

Saturday 29th November 2014 – Newcastle Riverside
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
Monday 1st December 2014 – Manchester Cathedral
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 4th December 2014 – Cardiff Globe
Friday 5th December 2014 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Sunday 7th December 2014 – Brighton Concorde 2
Monday 8th December 2014 – London Roundhouse

 
 
 

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