February 3 2014 (Caroline)
Brooklyn-based Augustines (formerly We Are Augustines – presumably enough people now know who they are for them to drop the affirmation) are a band who, despite being born from turbulent circumstances, lace their music with an infectious optimism that bleeds through, even in to their live sets. Their 2012 debut 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships' served not only to address singer Billy McCarthy's personal issues within it's lyricism, but to relay a universal message, that things can actually get better. Now, just shy of two years since it's release, Augustines are gearing up to release their self-titled sophomore effort, which sees the band heading in a more mature, and far more ambitious, direction than their debut, whilst still maintaining their inherent sense of optimism.
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