Augustines – heretofore known as We Are Augustines – will kick off a North American headlining tour in Vancouver, BC on February 5, 2014 – the day after Votiv/Oxcart releases the band’s new album. The self-titled collection follows the group’s 2011 breakthrough debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships. “Augustines Soar”, proclaimed Rolling Stone as it premiered the life-affirming “Now You Are Free” earlier this week, noting, “The first tracks from the new record, the arena-ready ‘Cruel City’ and now ‘Now You Are Free,’ lift Ships‘ roof-raising choruses to U2 levels of ambition with shout-along choruses and rollicking drums.” The band recorded with co-producer Peter Katis at his residential Tarquin Studios. Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit, Interpol, and – most importantly to Augustines – Jónsi) proved the ideal collaborator, helping focus the band’s driven pace and ample vision. Now based in Seattle, Augustines are eager to bring their brilliant new album to a worldwide audience keen for their return. If Rise Ye Sunken Ships provided much needed catharsis, Augustines now takes this very special band to an altogether new plane, transcendent and triumphant.
Recommended tracks: Track #2 “Cruel City”, track #3 “Nothing to Lose But Your Head”, track #9 “Now You Are Free”
RIYL: The National, Wu Lyf, Frightened Rabbit, Vampire Weekend
Going for Adds 1/27 & 1/28
Label: Votiv / Oxcart