Single Review: Augustines – When Things Fall Apart

By on Thursday, 12th May 2016 at 12:00 pm

If you’ve never heard an Augustines track before, the quintessential components usually consist of lyrics that are born straight from the heart of William McCarthy, soundtracked by rapturous choruses that can echo for miles. On this new outing from the Brooklyn-based band, we find the majority of the instrumentation has been replaced with large, assertive synthesisers, but worry not, the old foundations are still there: larger drums that plough through the electronic underbelly and the backbone of rapid guitar placed lovingly in the mix so as to be present but not to draw away from the array of its electronic counterpart. Synthesis has been a feature for Augustines before, but it appears they’re opting more and more toward this faction, which is certainly not a negative. Rather, it adds to the powerful dynamic that gives Augustines that draw to their fans.

“We’ll go someplace, we’ll get a new start, you gotta move on, when things fall apart.” It’s words like these that bring the immediacy and heart-on-sleeve attraction to Augustines. Their upcoming album, ‘This Is Your Life’ is built around the many tales that the band and particularly McCarthy have amassed over their many years together and during the breaks when McCarthy would embark on cross-country motorbike journeys. You can imagine that the lyrics to this song in particular have been conversations he’s had numerous times with different faces in different places. He has the draw of being heartfelt while remaining strong and taking his wisdom from life and his own personal journey. His voice has an extreme power that settles nicely on top of the higher end found in the synthesis.

Bringing the accessibility and anthemic touch to the kind of music that U2 once developed, Augustines are exposing it to a new audience and a new age. The rousing capabilities that this song has are almost absurd, particularly when twinned with the appropriate synonymous criteria such as a glorious, sun-filled day. It’s almost impossible not to walk away from this track wondering if you just packed a bag and hit the road, would it be the worst thing ever? With McCarthy and company as your soundtrack, you can’t lose.


Augustines’ new album ‘This is Your Life’ is due for release on the 10th of June via Caroline International in the UK and PIAS America in America. TGTF’s archive of coverage on Augustines (who were for a time known as We Are Augustines) is right back this way.


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