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There is no mistaking the signs of staggering depth in Rise Ye Sunken Ships. A remarkably accomplished album, it is deeply beautiful and emotionally cathartic.

Much of the material 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. "Keep your head up, kid/I know you can swim/But you've got to move your legs," McCarthy pleads in "Augustine" while "Headlong Into The Abyss" recounts James' flight from the police while "Book of James," one of several songs recorded with producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), is a gripping eulogy for this once-resilient spirit who succumbed to the pressures bearing down on him from both within and without.

For McCarthy and Sanderson, it is the culmination of an extraordinary labour of love; a journey that has seen both suffer a collision of professional hardship and personal tragedy and yet come through strong the other side. For the rest of us, it is the music we've been missing, but always hoped was there.

With navigation essential to survival, We Are Augustines are steering a course by way of a chart speckled with the fragments of shattered dreams and guiding lights long extinguished. Not the easiest of paths to traverse, but then plain sailing was never their command. With Rise Ye Sunken Ships, however, a titanic struggle and musical vision is at last about to come to the surface.

1. Chapel Song
2. Augustine
3. Headlong Into The Abyss
4. Book Of James
5. East Los Angeles
6. Juarez
7. Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love)
8. New Drink For The Old Drunk
9. Patton State Hospital
10. Strange Days
11. Barrel Of Leaves
12. The Instrumental

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Votiv Music
  • ASIN: B005BDZL2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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AUGUSTINES

Billy McCarthy (vocals, guitar)
Eric Sanderson (bass, keyboards, vocals)
Rob Allen (drums, percussion)

With its open-armed energy and elegiac grace, “AUGUSTINES” marks a colossal leap forward for Votiv/Oxcart recording group Augustines – no mean feat considering the extraordinary power of their breakthrough 2011 debut, “RISE YE SUNKEN ... Read more in Amazon's Augustines Store

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I think everyone can relate to this album.
Justin Everett
From the opening basslines of "Chapel Song," this CD compels you to put away all other things and...listen.
Christopher D. Scheno
In my opinion it is the best Album of 2011!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Markus Rauchenwald on September 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I feel about this record the same way I did about The Gaslight Anthem's "The '59 Sound" - that is, madly in love with its drive and slightly embarrassed by its lyricism. Yet considering singer William McCarthy's family history, full of suicides and madness, this act of transforming pain into ecstatic defiance is rather a heroic one. It ends in autumnal laments, but not before taking a stolen car and driving it through Mexico to the bottom of the ocean so that all your sins may be forgiven. You know, that thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By spartucusjones on December 23, 2011
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This is truly a stunning debut. The album was a result of a difficult period which resulted in a break up of the previous band (Pela), battles and a break up with their record company, and family tragedy. Just about every song on the album was motivated by singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy mother and brother who where diagnosed with schizophrenia (Book of James, the album emotional centerpiece was a response to his brother's James subsequent suicide). The album comes from a very real place. It is honest and it is hard not to make an emotional connection to this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David F on January 30, 2013
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I have been staring at my keyboard for 20 minutes, trying to think of words that would match what I think about this album. I do not have those words. These guys do - telling stories torn from their hearts and dressed in music filled with feeling, passion and urgency. I have listened to this album dozens of times and still it inspires me, lifts me and humbles me. The guitars soar and dance and the drums are fantastically crisp and exciting, propelling the songs through their course. I have listened to all genres of music closely since the mid-60's when I was beginning to open my eyes and ears to the world... This album frankly takes my breath away. Listen to it. Give it a good home. It will carry you on its shoulders.
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By Michael Reid on March 6, 2014
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Its a great album and i like to listen to it a lot. My favorite song is the chapel song.
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Can't wait to hear their new release. Buy this music. And if you get the chance, see them in concert: they put on quite a show. You'll get more out of the music if you read up on the boys' backgrounds. They've walked the walk.
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Had I known about this group when it first released this album I could have had that much more time to enjoy it. As it is now, I may end up wearing the disk out before I get tired of it.
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After listening to this album, I'm surprised more people have not heard of We are Augustines. It's great from start to finish.
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From the opening basslines of "Chapel Song," this CD compels you to put away all other things and...listen. Something's up, you can hear it in singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy's pent-up, worried vocals. And, it turns out, there's much that's not right, he's "...got a pocket full of handshakes" but they ain't worth much, and, right off, he's staring at his girl as she walks into a chapel (has he lost her?) and he's "shaking like a leaf" and lieing through his teeth. You wonder what's up and the answer is supplied in the next song, "Augustine" in which our protagonist (yes, this is not-so-very-loosely what we used to call a "concept album") is trying--desperately--to save his brother from either prolonged incarceration or lifelong tenancy in an asylum. That task ain't easy at all, and he pleads with his distracted or otherwise incapacitated brother, "I know we can swim, but you gotta move your legs." The next two songs are stunning and relate the not-so-heartening result of the brothers' escape. "Headling Into the Abyss" features a swirling wall-of-sound comination of guitars and (church?) organ that provide the perfect background for McCarthy's distressed lament. He and his brother are seemingly on the run, getting by, catch-as-catch can: "We stole it for the feeling of stealing." Survival of the meekest, the lost, the almost beaten. But, drive on they do, and nothing will stop them, "Call the police, call your shrink, call whoever you want, but I won't stop the car." By song's end, if you aren't wondering what's next for these two lost souls or you haven't just hit the repeat button or you're not studying the lyrics, well, you're the soul that's lost. Believe me: this CD is THAT compelling/intriguing/provocative. Oh, and then along comes what could be the song of...any year, "Book Of James.Read more ›
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