We Are Augustines
Rise Ye Sunken Ships


4.0
excellent

Review

by TriggerHappy USER (1 Reviews)
July 13th, 2012 | 5 replies | 1,945 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I ain't gonna wait around for some pill to kick in"

With "Rise Ye Sunken Ships" Brooklyn based trio "We Are Augustines" have created a raw, bloody account of the trials and tribulations of the life of their front man Billy McCarthy. Originally planned as a follow up to McCarthy's previous band Pela's "Anytown Graffiti", the album was scraped following the suicide of his brother James. What emerged from this tragedy (and others among it) is an album that is consistently heartbreaking, but at the same time manages to be both triumphant and rousing.

The ghost of McCarthy's brother, James, haunts the record, and is the lyrical basis for the majority of the album most explicitly on "Juarez", "Philadelphia (City of Brotherly Love)", and of course "Book of James". McCarthy also branches out into other subjects though such as the loss of a love in "Chapel Song" and "Augustine" which outlines his battle with depression. McCarthy bellows his lyrics with both passion and ferocity. It really adds something to the album, and no one can deny the emotion and effort he puts into every lyric. All of this lyrical mastery would be in vain of course, if it didn't have the instrumental basis to accompany it. Lucky than that we are treated to beautiful guitar sweeps and rhythms, and snappy, catchy drums. This is simple, heart on your sleeve music, and its impossible to resist.

Special mention has to go to "Book of James" which builds up to a brilliant breakdown, complete with trumpets and even hand-claps. Here Billy and his brother James trade perspectives with Billy singing “He stood there in his shoes, unable to move. / Kid, I drove all night here / to tell you I love you." Then Jim " “I stand in my shoes / unable to move / with my hat in my hands / at the bottom of the ocean.” This is the band at both its emotional and musical best, and is a standout track on the album.

"Rise Ye Sunken Ships" is a difficult listen, which it should be, cause these are difficult subjects. With such a raw basis this album could have been disastrous. Instead "We Are Augustines" have fueled their emotion and created a soundtrack to the hardships of life, and a good one at that.

Recommended Tracks:

"Book of James"
"Headlong into the Abyss"
"Augustine"


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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2012


7333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good review, especially given that it's your first.

I didn't like this all that much, might give it another go though.

Funeralopolis
July 13th 2012


11319 Comments


I like what I am hearing have a pos

Digging: No Joy - Wait to Pleasure

phishing
July 13th 2012


395 Comments


saw these guys live, i think, and they were shit


TriggerHappy
July 13th 2012


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers guys, thought it deserved a review anyway. I think it's one of those albums that makes a lot more sense, and a much bigger impact when you hear it in context.

Funeralopolis
July 13th 2012


11319 Comments


album got pretty bland as it went on



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