Brooklyn's We Are Augustines are set to release a double A-Side single featuring 'Book Of James' and 'Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love)' on September 3rd ahead of their performances at Reading and Leeds Festivals and their Autumn UK tour.
The trio have not stopped traveling this year. Following a fully sold out UK tour in May, they flew back home for appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Carson Daly shows, played a US tour with Band Of Skulls in between European and American festival slots, and are currently on tour with the Counting Crows playing to over 10,000 people a night.
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The new release leads with the band's flagship tune 'Book Of James', a song that needs no introduction. Lauded as one of the singles of the year, the track described as "heart-breaking in its openness" by 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, delves into the heart of the subject matter from debut album 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships' and is one of the most moving pieces of work the band have released to date.
This epic track is a moving eulogy, an attempt to humanize the homeless and mentally ill from first hand experiences and a song that has connected with many.
This double A-Side single is charmed with the presence of live favourite 'Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love)' which snapshots a city landscape. Not a world-class cosmopolitan playground, but a real place with real people living real lives. A subject matter that is close to all three members of We Are Augustines, particularly singer Billy McCarthy:
"I'm not sure what my fascination with not becoming a casualty of your surroundings is about but it's, again, a character pleading with great urgency that they can't succumb to shutting down and accepting this as a life. There is indeed a world out there, and that once you truly realize it, the window of time is very short to get out.
Reminiscing the recording of 'Philadelphia', bass player Eric Sanderson remembers:
"'Philadelphia' was the first song we recorded for 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships'. It completely morphed in the studio. We went through about as many drum beats you could think of before we settled on the Motown beat. It was recorded live with only a few overdubs, something we were pushing for at the time.
"When we started playing live we desired something more from the song and worked out a version with just piano and vocals. That change brought it from the loudest song on the record to the most intimate song in the set. Through all of this transformation we now have two versions of the song to choose from every night. Sometimes we don't even know which one we will play until the moment comes in the set.
"Having both versions really helps us to stay connected with the audience by morphing the show, keeping in the present."
This double A-Side will be available digitally on iTunes and other digital stores online on September 3rd.
See We Are Augustines at their forthcoming UK shows:
SAT 24th- READING FESTIVAL
SUN 25th - LEEDS FESTIVAL