Brooklyn-based We Are Augustines, formed by ex-Pela members Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson, and featuring Rob Allen on drums release their debut album Rise Ye Sunken ShipsRise Ye Sunken Ships is as biographical record as you will ever hear. Listening to it is like taking a snapshot of the inner workings of front man Billy McCarthy's head space at a particular place and point in time. It is as earnest and emotional as it is violent and cathartic. You don't even need to read the back story on the band to understand what is going on behind these songs, to realise that We Are Augustines have created a very special record in a similar manner to what their Brooklyn based peers, The National did last year. Rise Ye Sunken Ships is destined to be one of 2011's word of mouth break throughs.Already picking up the word of mouth heat in their home town New York We Are Augustines are advocates of the heart on sleeve approach to song writing. It's hard not to considering front man songwriter Billy McCarthy's eventful recent history. Dubbed by Alt Sounds as "the modern day Springsteen", much of the material on Rise Ye Sunken Ships documents the most traumatic period of McCarthy's life.And yet, the album is full of a sense of hope... "Keep your head up, kid...I know you can swim...But you've got to move your legs."
"A raw and beautiful record" (8/10) - J Mag
Headlong Into The Abyss
Book Of James
East Los Angeles
Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love)
New Drink For The Old Drunk
Patton State Hospital
Barrel Of Leaves
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