The new album from anthemic rock trio, Augustines, is an urgent, resonant wakeup call, taking stock of where we are now and what the future holds… an open road ahead. The band’s revelatory debut single demands from its audience: Are we alive? Or are we just kidding ourselves?
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Two questions that Augustines had swirling around their minds when they set off in the deep winter of 2015 to begin writing songs for their third album. Songs birthed from William McCarthy’s travels and times spent in Thai Town, Los Angeles; Dublin, Ireland; and Devon, England, as well as Eric Sanderson’s experiences rooting down in his Brooklyn studio near the waterfront. Much of it was projection – a flashback to one of the many faces seen on the road with the band, or on one of McCarthy’s many cross-country motorcycle pilgrimages. Putting himself in the shoes of those people and writing a way out of the blues. While the road does get lonely, he saw hope there as well. Everyone weaves in and out of being an outsider in their lifetime.
Augustines albums are not frivolous affairs. They make big, heart-wrenching sounds, music hewn from granite, from the very ground we stand on, the subject matter urgent and vital. Their debut in 2011, “Rise Ye Sunken Ships” was born from tragedy, the 2009 suicide of McCarthy’s brother. The songs had been largely sketched in McCarthy and multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson’s previous group, Pela, and while that project had been unable to withstand the blow of his death, the songs were too strong to disappear. And so they were reborn in Augustines, with drummer Rob Allen (the rock of the band) completing the magic number.
The eponymously titled album that followed in 2014 drew strength from the incredible reaction to “Ships” at festivals and on tour. It concerned itself with plotting a course away from tragedy. How do you rebuild? Like this.