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Augustines

Augustines

1 Jan 2014
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2014
  • Release Date: 3 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Caroline International US
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Augustines, Exclusively licensed to Votiv Music, LLC/Oxcart Records
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  • Total Length: 44:44
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  • ASIN: B00HWS4KSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Format: Audio CD
Augustines are one of those bands who produce honest to goodness blue collar rock of the highest order. They comprise guitarist Billy McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen and unsurprisingly hail from Brooklyn New York. Their music doesn't really need much analyzing. It is a big rock album full of songs that hint at artists like Springsteen and Bob Seger plus bands like the Hold Steady and Gaslight Anthem, but which is distinctive enough to stand defiantly in its own right. The songs are often meticulously constructed anthems infused with the conviction that rock music has a social and communal purpose beyond just entertainment. Thus while the album would not score highly on the scale of originality it makes up for this in terms of raw passion.

Check out the enormous chants and sheer potent force of the excellent "Cruel City" destined to storm festivals across Europe this summer. Granted "Weary Eyes" does have a Springsteenesque quality to it, but on the upside it is as good as anything on the below par "High Hopes". The albums longest track "Walkabout" is to the Augustines what "First Night" was to the Hold Steady. It is their big "hit it for six" ballad and an excellent standout track with a great vocal by McCarthy. Another song "This Ain't Me" as a slightly Pearl Jam quality to it but pays repeated listens, while to this reviewers ears the pounding rock of "Don't look Back" is the type of song that could take this band from the club to the stadium and well worth pressing the cursor on the download button.

The album has a couple of missteps not least two instrumentals comprising the very slight opener "Intro - I touch Imaginary Hands" and the more euphoric but far from essential "Highway 1 Interlude".
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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2014
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Moving away from their more Springsteenesque first album their second effort shows Augustines moving into potential stellar territory, with nods to early Killers and latter day Arcade Fire. What I like most about this record though are the songs. Sounds daft I appreciate, but there are some fine, tuneful, powerful and memorable proper songs with proper verses and choruses on here. If they get the chance and choose to appear at any festivals this year, this tracks on this album are just asking to be the singalong hits of the summer. My favourites? Cruel City and Don't You Look Back probably exemplify the album best but there isn't a duff track on here.
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Yeah, I know just 3 months in and that is a wild claim to make ..but it really is that good. Its an album that makes you feel uplifted and I really defy you not to like 'Now You Are Free' - one of the best tracks I've heard in years (and the only one ever to make a rhyme with the word 'phenomenal' ) Other tracks that get serious repeat are Cruel City and Kid You Are On Your Own with Weary Eyes being another particular favourite (with a line like 'is your daughter worth weary eyes' ). I've found that the album just seems to get better with playing. The voice is croaky and I think owes quite a bit to some of the songs of U2 (before they went mega..) and of course Bruce Springsteen but the feel of the songs are less bombastic and I really like that - I've read that the sing alongs at concerts are very emotional - so looking forward to that .. A superb album a million miles from chart fare - but 'Now You Are Free ' deserves wider radio play. I even went back to track down their first album and thats been a good move
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Augustines were born upon the ashes of Brooklyn rock band Pela. After the death of vocalist Billy McCarthy’s brother, he and Eric Sanderson (bass, keyboards) founded We Are Augustines and released Rise Ye Sunken Ships in 2011. Rise dealt mostly with the loss of McCarthy’s brother and his mother’s schizophrenia which evidently made the record an autobiographical one. The New York band recently dropped the ‘We Are’ from their name and went back to being just Augustines (a name they couldn’t use before for legal reasons) and relocated to Seattle.

When their debut Rise Ye Sunken Ships came out two years ago I had just moved to a different country, started a new job and found a new love. I would listen to their album for hours on end on those long train rides home and went to several of their live shows in different countries. It was my soundtrack of 2012. Evidently, expectations for a follow-up were sky high. After hearing the record and hearing some of the new songs live, my expectations were more than met.

When I first listened to Cruel City, the first single to be released from the new record, it didn’t really stick. The world music influence put me off at first but what made me fall in love with the song after all was the bridge that is an Augustines moment par excellence as McCarthy bursts out vigorously “Hey, I miss your arms / I still reach for you in the dark / Hey, I miss your skin / I still reach for you in the dark.” Cruel City speaks of the alienation one can experience in a big city but also of capitalism and gentrification (Come on now cruel city / With money eyes).

The opening notes of their recent single Nothing To Lose But Your Head immediately reminded me of Headlong Into The Abyss, my favourite from their first record.
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