Brooklyn’s We Are Augustines are very pleased to announce that their debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, has been named “Best Alternative Album” for 2011 by iTunes in its year-end “Rewind 2011” round-up of the year’s top albums, songs, apps, TV shows, movies and more. Announced this morning, the top-honor selection from the world’s #1 music store caps off a stellar year for the indie-rock trio. Selections for this year’s iTunes “Rewind 2011” can be found HERE:
Out now in physical and digital formats, Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Oxcart Records) landed in the Top 10 of SoundScan’s New Artists chart on the strength of its first week of digital sales. The album’s August 23 release was succeeded by several appearances during the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in late October as well as a tour of the UK supporting Glasvegas. The band is scheduled to perform as part of Xfm’s sold out Winter Wonderland concert at Brixton Academy in London on Wednesday, December 14, an evening that will also include performances from The Horrors, Band of Skulls, Kaiser Chiefs and Maccabees.
“Their eponymous debut album is simply one of the best records of 2011, and some of the most emotionally-charged, melodic indie rock I’ve heard in years.” – JOHN SCHAEFER, WNYC
“‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’ not only drips with emotion but it’s comprised of 12 deeply-layered, life-affirming compositions, and is a top-to-bottom excellent recording.” – MAGNET
“McCarthy’s story is relevant because it is precisely what makes him so powerful. Rather than wallow in the past, the band casts for redemption, treating each confessional track like a lesson in perseverance.” – THE WASHINGTON POST
We Are Augustines was formed by ex-Pela members Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson, and includes Rob Allen on drums. Much of the material on Rise Ye Sunken Ships documents the most traumatic period of lead vocalist/guitarist McCarthy’s life in which he lost both his schizophrenic mother and his brother, James, to suicide. “Headlong Into The Abyss” recounts James’ flight from the police while “The Instrumental,” a transcendent, richly textured piece written by bassist/keyboardist Sanderson, closes out the album on a note of hope, suggesting that struggle can ultimately point the way to peace. As a whole, Rise Ye Sunken Ships represents the culmination of many years of personal struggle and eventual triumph in the completion of a shimmering album that had been floundering about for some time.