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.
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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