Today’s “Featured Artist and Song of the Day” showcases the band, We Are Augustines, with their song, “Book of James,” off their incredible debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, through Oxcart Records. The song was the last song written and recorded on the record. The band began with lead singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy and guitarist Eric Sanderson, and now has Rob Allen on the drums.
The video for “Book of James” was released yesterday, and holds a special meaning for the band, especially for McCarthy. He wrote the song as a tribute and of remembrance for his brother, Jim, who battled drug addiction and mental illness, and ended up taking his own life. The video is raw, intense, and beyond powerful, and shows how important music can be in dealing with tragedy and hardship. The guys in the band, unfortunately, have had to deal with a lot of tragedy and hardship, which makes their growing success as a band even more meaningful.
We Are Augustines are a band of triumph, perseverance and redemption, and are a must-follow as they make their way down the troubadour’s road.
These words find their place in their song, “Book of James,”
“On a park bench sat a crimson beating heart
and behind him the girls played double dutch in the park
The sun began to burn his snow white skin
I guess your either headin’ somewhere or endin up somewhere..
Storm clouds began to form in his head
and crisscrossed his mind like a restless angry ocean
And the howling of hardship and heartache
kneeled and grinned in his face
He stood there in his boots unable to move
And i came here to tell you that i love you
And here lies my green eyes
rolled back in my head, but they’re alive
and all these words can all get spoken
just know we tried
and you’re forgiven…”
For updates, tour dates, and other news click on their website, you can buy their music on iTunes, and follow them on their Facebook Page. We Are Augustines have a show in New York the 19th before the head to the United Kingdom for a set of shows throughout October. The Troubadour’s Road will be sure to publish their next US tour date list when it is made available. Until the next time you’ll be able to see them, or until the next time you’ll be able to listen to them, here is We Are Augustines, with their song, “Book of James,” enjoy,