Not content with grandiose production alone – the drums are big, the beats are strong, and the feelings are palpable – the group made their music video for lead single, Are We Alive?, an homage to Jeffrey “Big Jeff” Johns, who is a minor celebrity in Bristol for his constant presence at the city’s concerts. Couple this nod to the fans with the song’s pounding drums, anthemic build, and clap-like percussion, and it is clear Augustines are focusing their music on the live audience. Second single, When Things Fall Apart, features touches of Mogwai’s synth sound and ultimately proves to be a decent amalgam of indie and electro sounds. By the end I was left thinking of U2, and that the pre-chorus and chorus sonically shifts in an unexpected direction proves that Augustines do, in fact, have chops.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 14th June 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.