We Are Augustines-Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Oxcart Records)

Rise Ye Sunken Ships was recorded to the backdrop of sadness after lead singer Billy McCarthy’s lost his brother and mother to schizophrenia and substance abuse.  Although this record is very much a response to the events in McCarthy’s life but rather than wallow in self-pity We Are Augustines have released a rousing album full of great hooks.

Album opener, Chapel Song, sets the tone for the entire record with its upbeat tempo whilst also featuring some meaningful lyrical content.  McCarthy’s voice really stands throughout the album as well, the band also hold some similarities to The National too. There isn’t a bad song on this record, however Book of James is particular highlight and you definitely imagine crowds singing at as We Are Augustines profile continues to grow.  Rise Ye Sunken Ships is a real top quality record and it comes highly recommended, I also look forward to future releases if this brilliant debut is anything to go by.

Matt Hill

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