Day 119 – Augustines

Something a little bit 80s alt rock today courtesy of Brooklyn rockers Augustines, who are kind of like an early era U2 but with an orchestral Florence And The Machine-esque vibe behind them. Or at least this tune sounds like that.

Now, despite the fact that Bono has long since morphed into a colossal bellend, back in U2’s heyday, he and his band were absolutely bloody fantastic. The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree are amazing albums, with a uniquely distinct sound – and Augustines have a similar spirit to their music. Call it homage, call it influence, call it whatever. But it’s very very good.

So take a listen to this track Cruel City from their eponymous 2014 album. With its Where The Streets Have No Name swagger and its gospel choir backdrop in the chorus, it’s a great piece of music – adeptly switching between African styles and US/European alt-rock to create something quite lovely.

I’ve not heard much about these guys before, but I’m keen to discover more. Hopefully the rest of their back catalogue is as interesting as this – and if it is, I’m sold.


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