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Album Anticipation: We Are Augustines

I am not someone who gets very worked up over most new releases. Sure there are a select few... new Radiohead albums obvs, other releases from some of my dearest favorites or perhaps a band releasing an album after a long hiatus (the Strokes, however, do not apply here). But this year I am just a teensy bit OVERWHELMINGLY anticipating the release of the debut album from NYC band We Are Augustines (Bill McCarthy and Eric Sanderson formerly of indie rock group Pela), entitled Rise Ye Sunken Ships.

Due out for a release in June, the story of this album's creation (read on their website) - which was driven largely by McCarthy's experience of the complicated life and tragic suicide of his brother - is something slightly beyond moving: reading about it actually brought me to tears, and upon first listen, Rise Ye Sunken Ships takes you to that same raw emotional core. This album will have a very special and well deserved place on a lot of year end lists - certainly my own.

Here is the beautifully simplistic video for first single Chapel Song, which is available for free download on their website:

Leading up to the album's release the band will play a string of tour dates (below):

12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall (18+)
13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (18+)
15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (18+)
16 - Washington D.C. - Black Cat (all ages)
18 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern (19+)
19 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig (18+)
21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (all ages)
22 - Chicago, IL - Double Door (21+)
23 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock (18+)
26 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore (19+)
27 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile (21+)
29 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's (all ages)
30 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy (all ages)
1 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar

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