Augustines (formerly We Are Augustines) is an American indie rock group originally based in Brooklyn, New York and now Seattle, Washington consisting of guitarist Billy McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen. Augustines are known for intense shows and heavy interaction with the audience. Numerous shows have seen the band leaving the stage to perform on the floor with the fans.
Following the break-up of their former band Pela, McCarthy and Sanderson decided to continue producing the songs that were originally supposed to comprise Pela’s second studio album. The album, titled Rise Ye Sunken Ships, was released digitally on June 6, 2011.
The band derived its name from the month of August. Both McCarthy and Sanderson were born in August, as was McCarthy’s brother, James. James’ story is one of the major influences behind their first album. Pela also dissolved very quickly (“In the span of two weeks”) in August 2009. Originally, the new band was named Augustines. Due to other bands with the same name, they changed the name to We Are Augustines.
In August 2013, the band announced via YouTube that they would return to using the name Augustines.
In late 2013, the band spent several weeks in the studio of producer Peter Katis (Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Jónsi Birgisson) working on their self-titled second album. Upon completion of the album (released in early 2014) the band embarked on their first headlining U.S. tour, selling out most shows well in advance. Augustines will return to the UK in early April and head for Europe in mid-month, returning home in late May.