You won't find a group of musicians who put more into their music than New York City's own, Augustines. Since crashing the scene two years ago (then, as We Are Augustines) with a heartfelt batch of stadium-ready rock, the powerful trio have made a name for themselves with rich chords, brutally honest narratives, and a live show that never lets up on the gas pedal, whether they're playing before tens of thousands at The Reading Fest or a more intimate gathering, such as their rapturous set at our little Launch Pad Party a couple years back. Augustines pour everything they can into their music, yet always strive for a little more emotional electricity, a greater connection with their audience, and the next idea that'll quell their restless, creative spirit.
When we met the band in Brooklyn for a session a couple months back, we encountered them in much the same way they left us at that show at the Launch Pad Party two years earlier. Out that night singer Billy McCarthy took the stage despite having lost his voice to the schedule the CMJ Music Festival often demands. For our follow-up session in anticipation of the band's forthcoming, self-titled album, he had once again donated his voice to the sold out show at Webster Hall the night before. No worries, Billy, bass player Eric Sanderson, and drummer Rob Allen still promised us one song in one take, previewing "Nothing To Lose But Your Head", from Augustines. It's a song about giving it all you have...after all, what's the worst that can happen? You might lose your head, or, in Billy's case, maybe just your voice. Small price to pay to create the kind of magic moment we captured in our new session with the band.