Augustines Return At Last
Votiv/Oxcart recording group Augustines has announced early details of their hugely anticipated new album, “AUGUSTINES.” The self-titled collection – which follows 2011’s breakthrough debut, “RISE YE
SUNKEN SHIPS” – arrives everywhere on January 21st, 2014.
The now Seattle-based band – heretofore known as We Are Augustines – will herald the release of “AUGUSTINES” with a rigorous tour schedule. First up, Augustines will accompany Canvasback Music/Atlantic recording group Frightened Rabbit on their impending North American tour, set to get underway September 24th at Edmonton, AB’s Union Hall and then continuing through late October (see itinerary below). Additional dates – including major market showcases and an eagerly awaited national headline tour – will follow the new album’s arrival. For details, please see http://www.weareaugustines.com.
“AUGUSTINES” marks a colossal leap forward for the band on virtually every plane. The three musicians – Billy McCarthy (vocals, guitar), Eric Sanderson (bass, keyboards, vocals), and Rob Allen (drums, percussion) – spent an exceedingly productive month woodshedding at Temperamental Recordings, a converted 19th century country church in Geneseo, New York, before recording with co-producer Peter Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit, Jónsi) at his Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The sessions were marked by a distinctly more optimistic perspective than Augustines’ famously bittersweet debut, echoing the close bond forged on the road between the band members and their increasingly impassioned audience. Songs like the thundering “Cruel City” and the plaintive “Walkabout” are both immediate and engaging, integrating expansive, imaginative orchestrations with McCarthy’s rich, ever-affective lyricism. With its widescreen arrangements, joyous energy, and elegiac grace, the remarkably open-armed “AUGUSTINES” sees Augustines’ ambition and artistry ascending to astonishing new heights.
Augustines was born upon the ashes of the Brooklyn indie rock band, Pela. That highly esteemed combo called an end to its collective journey in 2009, but founders McCarthy and Sanderson reconvened soon thereafter to record a series of deeply intimate songs chronicling despair, depression, and the death of a close family member. The two musicians dubbed their new endeavor, “Augustines,” though trademark issues forced them to append the name to “We Are Augustines.” The band has since reclaimed their original moniker, announced earlier this month via their official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/weareaugustines.
“RISE YE SUNKEN SHIPS” immediately established Augustines as one of modern music’s most emotive and compelling new bands. Songs like “Juarez” and the remarkably powerful “Book of James” touched a universal nerve in listeners everywhere, their dark subject matter refracted and then elevated by Augustines’ extraordinarily affirmative sonic approach. Hailed by iTunes in their Rewind 2011 round-up as the year’s “Best Alternative Album,” “RISE YE SUNKEN SHIPS” was a critical and popular sensation, earning abundant praise and a fervent fan following.
McCarthy and Sanderson enlisted the British-born Allen to accompany them for live performances and with that, Augustines went from personal project to fully-fledged band. The trio traveled the planet, performing innumerable headline shows, show-stealing festival dates, and support sets alongside such bands as The Boxer Rebellion, Counting Crows, The Maccabees, and Band of Skulls. Augustines also were a highly visible presence on national TV, including performances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly, as well as CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. The latter appearance saw the notoriously sardonic Letterman demonstrating his own private connection to Augustines’ brave, poignant music: “You know, ladies and gentlemen, what they’re trying to tell us is life is an ocean and we are all ships. If your ship has sunk don’t despair, don’t lose hope. Rise, ye sunken ships.”
AUGUSTINES ON TOUR 2013/2014
* All Dates Supporting Frightened Rabbit
24 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
25 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
26 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
27 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
28 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
30 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
1 Hollywood, CA Avalon
4 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
6 Tulsa, OK Guthrie Green
7 Dallas, TX Prophet Bar
9 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
10 Jacksonville, FL Free Bird Café
11 Ft. Lauderdale Culture Room
12 Orlando, FL Beacham Theater
14 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
15 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
17 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
18 London, ON London Music Hall
19 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
21 Boston, MA Paradise
24 New York, NY Webster Hall
26 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
27 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
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