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We Are Augustines Release Brand New Music Video For “Book Of James”

Brooklyn-based We Are Augustines are excited to announce the release of their brand new music video. Directed by Matt Amato, the music video for “Book Of James,” the band’s new single, stars young actor Brady Corbet and was filmed this summer in and around the boroughs of New York City. Taken from the band’s debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, “Book Of James,” a track produced by Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), is singer Billy McCarthy’s gripping eulogy for his deceased brother James, a once-resilient spirit who succumbed to the pressures bearing down on him. Check out the music video below.


Out now in physical and digital formats, Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Atlantic/WEA Distribution) 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 recently succeeded by a September headline tour, a trek that saw the band visiting major markets across the country including Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles and many others. The band is scheduled to make several appearances next week during the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City from October 19-21 and will be supporting Glasvegas on their upcoming UK headline tour from October 24-31.

“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

The band 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.

We Are Augustines will be making the following appearances in October at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and in the UK supporting Glasvegas. Tour dates below.

19 – New York, NY – KEXP Official Live Broadcast – Ace Hotel – 12:30 p.m.
19 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom – (w/ Boy & Bear) – 10:00 p.m.
21 – New York, NY – Paste Magazine / RDIO CMJ Party – The Living Room – (w/ The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Quiet Company, Army Navy) – 4:40 p.m.
21 – Brooklyn, NY – The Launch Pad: Presented By Baeblemusic – Spike Hill – (w/ Races, ARMS, Sarah Jaffe, Casiokids) – 8:00 p.m.
24 – London, UK – Koko *
26 – Brighton, UK – The Old Market *
27 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy *
29 – Sheffield, UK – The Leadmill *
30 – York, UK – The Duchess *
31 – Glasgow, UK – 02 ABC *

* = supporting Glasvegas

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