VEVO premiered a brand new video for Augustines’ track, “Cruel City,” which can be viewed here. “Cruel City” was filmed on location in London, and is the first official video off of the band’s self-titled sophomore album, the follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed “RISE YE SUNKEN SHIPS”. Additionally, the band is currently making their way across the country on a national tour alongside Frightened Rabbit; a full list of tour dates is below.
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Furthermore, “Cruel City” has been selected as one of the tracks to be highlighted in the “Rdio Recommends” September Playlist; this is a list that includes all songs that the streaming service has chosen as some of the best music that came out during the month.
Since the Augustines’ previous record, the band, consisting of Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson, and Rob Allen, have relocated from Brooklyn to Seattle, and the sound of “Cruel City” reveals as such. SPIN remarks that the single “bears traces of both hometowns. The scrappy vitality of the Pacific Northwest indie-rock scene meets the type of gruff yet sophisticated rafter-raising you might expect from the National.”
With its open-armed energy and elegiac grace, “AUGUSTINES” marks a colossal leap forward for Votiv/Oxcart recording group Augustines – no mean feat considering the extraordinary power of their breakthrough 2011 debut, “RISE YE SUNKEN SHIPS.” Songs like “Now You Are Free” and the plaintive “Walkabout” are both immediate and engaging, joining joyously unrestrained arrangements with singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy’s signature affective lyricism. “AUGUSTINES” marks a milestone on Augustines’ amazing journey, the work of a gifted band ascending to new heights while simultaneously grappling with their place in the universe.
With this upcoming tour, Augustines are eager to bring their brilliant new album to a worldwide audience keen for their return. Sanderson describes the Augustines’ live shows, saying, “The audience is singing, the audience is dancing, they’re all making music together. That’s what we’ve been trying to do our whole lives as musicians, but only recently have we been able to embrace that.”
In other words, these shows are not to be missed.
AUGUSTINES TOUR DATES W/FRIGHTENED RABBIT:
October 9 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
October 10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Café
October 11 – Ft. Lauderdale @ Culture Room
October 12 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
October 14 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
October 15 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
October 17 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
October 18 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
October 19 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
October 21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
October 24 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
October 26 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
October 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club