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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]

 

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

 

Video of the Moment #1477: Augustines

 
By on Sunday, 23rd March 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Augustines took a fun approach to their latest video, an advertisement for their forthcoming single ‘Now You Are Free’: the band filmed a travelogue of their journeys in and around London. Watch it below.

I reviewed their latest album, named after their leaner, meaner band moniker, here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUdzSE6wJRA[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Augustines release ‘Augustines’ album trailer with behind the scenes footage

 
By on Monday, 10th February 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Brooklyn band Augustines just released their second and self-titled album last week. (I reviewed it here.) To explain their creative process and the making of the new album, they’ve released this behind the scenes video. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Toww_zQV9HM[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Augustines – Augustines

 
By on Wednesday, 5th February 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Augustines album coverAfter shedding the superfluous first two words “We Are” from their previous moniker, Augustines – lead singer and guitarist Billy McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen – reconvened after the success of their 2011 debut album to do something a little different. ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’ yielded indie smash ‘Chapel Song’; this and the LP was borne out of the pain experienced by the unfortunate passing of McCarthy’s brother and mother. Now with their new name, which incidentally was their name previous to We Are Augustines (that’s confusing), they set forth with a new set of 12 songs, also called ‘Augustines’.

The album begins with the bare ‘Intro (I Touch Imaginary Hands)’, but the first real song on ‘Augustines’ is track 2, the U2-sey ‘Cruel City’ (video below). Unlike the aforementioned ‘Chapel Song’, this one, along with previously revealed massive-sounding single ‘Nothing to Lose But Your Head’, have the sweeping, stadium anthemic quality that bands like U2, Coldplay and Keane seemed to have monopolised over the last decade. While this may seem strange on the surface, as McCarthy has a gravelly marmite voice, Chris Martin’s voice isn’t that great either, and besides, those other three bands are in between things, so if there was a time for the Brooklyn band to make a go for it, now would be the time. “This was us moving on together,” says Allen. “It was wonderful to come through the other end and record a new record. It was a huge accomplishment and it looks towards a brighter future for us all.” And the overall brighter, richer sound compared to their debut agrees with this. Just how much input did co-producer Peter Katis have in all of this? As you listen further to the album, one begins to wonder.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrpFddBWMrw[/youtube]

The combination of a relentless drummed rhythm, enjoyable enough guitars, McCarthy’s voice and either a choir or backing vocals from his bandmates seem to be the formula on ‘Augustines’. In ‘Walkabout’ and ‘The Avenue’, the band stretch a bit to include piano ala the Killers; an appealing guitar intro for ‘Don’t You Look Back’ seems to portend its soon to follow Springsteen leanings. Far more pleasurable is ‘This Ain’t Me’, which sounds more honest and true to the band’s roots, and as is McCarthy’s scream to usher in closing track ‘Hold Onto Anything’.

While the overall consistency and good quality of tracks across much of this album is great news, the endeavour to sound more radio-friendly and therefore less inventive (or at least less varied) may leave ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’ fans disappointed. However, if you like this new direction Augustines have gone in – and if yes, I have a feeling you will have a lot of company in this – then you probably don’t need much persuading to buy this record.

6.5/10

The self-titled second album from the newly reappointed Brooklyn band Augustines is out now on Caroline Records.

 
 
 

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