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AUGUSTINES release their sophmore album 'AUGUSTINES' out now.

“Damn near perfect…one of the best albums of the year.” Classic Rock
“Resonates as the work of a band with the chops to translate thoughtful material into a powerful and purposeful force.” 4'K's Kerrang!

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Oxcart Records
  • ASIN: B006ZIVKRI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Juarez 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love) 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. New Drink For The Old Drunk 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Barrel Of Leaves 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Instrumental 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 

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From the ashes of former outfit Pela, Brooklyn-based Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson have formed We Are Augustines, whose debut album is titles Rise Ye Sunken Ships. The indie-rock release contains the critically acclaimed single "Book of James", and is largely based on the harrowing family history of McCarthy.

BBC Review

Permeated by an abject sadness, this debut album from Brooklyn trio We Are Augustines is a musical diary from the dark, difficult days of frontman Billy McCarthy. Much of it is a response and reaction to his relationship with his late brother, a diagnosed schizophrenic who, after spending four years in solitary confinement at a prison, hanged himself while admitted to a psych hospital. Not only that, but, years before, when McCarthy was 19, his mother – who also suffered from schizophrenia – committed suicide through an overdose of painkillers and cocaine. If such tragedy seems eerily redolent of the life of Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett, then so is the influence of those events on Rise Ye Sunken Ships. It is, essentially, McCarthy’s own Electro-Shock Blues – a catalogue of his depression and his fight against it, and of the lacuna that the loss of his loved ones has left inside him.

If there’s any question as to the veracity of his pain, you need only listen to McCarthy’s vocals – throughout these 12 songs (bar final instrumental track, The Instrumental) it sounds like he’s struggling to get the words out, battling against an overwhelming urge to cry and is just about to lose. "I ain’t gonna wait around for some pill to gig in," his voice trembles on the climactic denouement to Headlong Into the Abyss, making clear just how deep that psychological chasm is. Opener Chapel Song details the ache of seeing the girl you still love walking down the aisle with somebody else; Augustine confronts his battle with depression ("Keep your head up, kid / I know you can swim but you gotta move your legs"); Book of James confronts the demons tormenting McCarthy in the wake of his brother’s death ("Just know we tried and you’re forgiven"). That crops up elsewhere, most explicitly on Philadelphia (City of Brotherly Love), Patton State Hospital and Juarez, but, really, his brother’s ghost haunts every facet of these songs, whether they’re directly about him or not.

If that sounds like heavy, difficult listening, it is. These songs tear the flesh from your bones with gentle devastation. But, in their tremulous, spirited delivery and their layered structures – at once sparse and orchestral – they also inspire a sense of hope for the future and a glimmer of redemption. It’s bombastic but it’s broken, anthemic yet withdrawn, extroverted yet timid and uncertain – think Bruce Springsteen at his most emotionally candid and cathartic but channelled through the broken bones of early Arcade Fire – and it serves as a hard-hitting reminder of the strength of the human spirit. "Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact," Springsteen himself told us on Atlantic City, but he countered that depressing fact with an wistful, uncertain wish, that "maybe everything that dies someday comes back." Rise Ye Sunken Ships is the embodiment of that thought – the phoenix rising from the flames, scarred yet triumphant, sad and solemn but alive.

--Mischa Pearlman

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Michael on 19 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I will begin by thanking Amazon, as they were the ones who recommended this album (big pat on the back for that). I'm a big fan of The National and Boxer Rebellion, which was probably why it was recommended to me. I can normally tell how much I'm going to like or dislike an album straight away, if the song doesn't catch my attention in the first few seconds then I usually press skip on the i-pod and if I skip the majority of the songs on the album then this usually leads to me discarding it. Sadly on the first listen to this album it never really stood out to me but oddly I did give it a second chance and I'm so glad I did. Its been playing none stop on my i-pod since.

The lead singers voice is very hard to describe, I suppose it kind of sounds like he's been shouting too much or has just come into the studio with a sore throat after a serious bender the night before. But its unique and slighty soothing in a weird way. Many would slate this album for being too depressing, which after his brother (recent) and mother (not so much) commiting suicide, he's not going to be playing the trumpet and dancing the macarena now is he. Perhaps its me and I'm a sucker for depressive songs because I know for sure I seriously love this album.

Standout tracks are the first two and 'new drink for old drunk'. Go on give it a punt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gooner on 18 Oct 2011
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This is an excellent buy I first heard of the band when they supported the Boxer Rebellion British tour last year and have been waiting for the release of their first CD. Having heard some of the tracks on their web site which are played along with the video. Now that I have the whole CD I play the tracks over and over again. They (We Are Augustines) have just finish their head liner tour of the USA and are due to tour this country in October I can't wait to see them live at KoKo in London.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Winerackd on 18 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
A remarkable piece of work. This is a seminal album, such as Hot Fuss was for the killers. Breadth, depth and heartfelt lyrics. Awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N W Reynolds on 19 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Possibly the best debut album I have heard since Yourself or Someone Like You by Matchbox 20. Full of killer tracks that lodge themselves in your head.

Shades of Mumford and sons and just as good. Can't wait to see them live.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williamson on 3 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
What an excellent Album made by some of the former members of Pela very good American Indie indeed definately shades of Matthew Ryan in the voice. So lots of guitars, drums and angst smashing debut record much more to come no doubt, will probably be missed by most what shame.
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A criminally underrated band! Musically the songs are uplifting, inspiring and an absolute joy! The lyrics have a tone of redemption and indomitable hope, despite being about some complex heavy experiences. Billy McCarthy has all the grit, gumption and exuberance of a young (and still hungry Springsteen). Please see them live if you ever get the chance - a life affirming experience!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 12 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
Just one amazing album, I can listen to it over and over again.. :D
strongly recommend buying it you won't regret it !
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By Peshmiem on 13 July 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Outstanding album - just buy it
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