Brooklyn's We Are Augustines are pleased to announce that they will be making their network television debut on The Late Show With David Letterman on Friday, February 24. The band will be performing "Chapel Song," an ode to lost love and the opener to their critically acclaimed debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, an album that was named "Best Alternative Album" for 2011 by iTunes as well as one of NPR Music's "Top Five Concept Albums of the Year."
We Are Augustines are also confirmed as support for Band of Skulls' upcoming North American headline tour. Beginning in Austin, TX, during the SXSW Music Festival on Tuesday, March 13, the tour will extend through April and culminate in a performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, on Thursday, April 12. Shortly after, the band will be performing as part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21. The band is currently touring Europe with London's The Maccabees and are scheduled to perform at HMV's sold out "Next Big Thing" show with Frightened Rabbit in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Friday, February 10 as well as the NME Awards Show with Cloud Control on Friday, February 17.
In addition to the upcoming tour, We Are Augustines have also been included as part of the Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International compilation. Featuring over 80 artists that include Joan Baez, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Sting, Adele and many others, We Are Augustines contribute their rendition of "Mama, You Been On My Mind" for the collection that is currently available for purchase in stores and online. Chimes of Freedom is Executive Produced by legendary music executive Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta, who spearheaded Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur - a 2007 collection of John Lennon solo compositions performed by major artists including U2, Green Day, and R.E.M.
We Are Augustines 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 performing at the following venues with Band of Skulls throughout March and April. Tour dates below.
13 - Austin, TX - Antone's *
14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
15 - Austin, TX - SXSW
16 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *
17 - Dallas, TX - Grenada Theatre *
19 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
20 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery Ballroom *
22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
23 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
26 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
28 - Providence, RI - The Met *
30 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
31 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre *
02 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *
03 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues *
04 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line *
06 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
07 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex (Grand Room) *
09 - Seattle, WA - Neptune *
10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
11 - Portland, OR - Dante's *
12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
14 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
21 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
* = supporting Band of Skulls