We Are Augustines Live Review
Shepherds Bush Empire, London - 01/10/12
15 months after starting touring to promote their debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships and We Are Augustines barrelled into town to play their largest headline show to date.
The sold-out crowd crackled with excitement before the band had even taken to the stage, and once they strode on to open with Philadelphia (City of Brotherly Love) the audience went ballistic.
Ploughing through the majority of tracks from their debut, the trio - augmented by extra guitarists and a horn section - connected with the devotional crowd in a spectacular manner.
Despite he relative size of the venue the night felt like a an incredibly intimate club gig such was the energy in the room, with all three tiers of the Empire hollering along with frontman Billy McCarthy throughout.
Highlights included Headlong Into The Abyss, East Los Angeles and Chapel Song, but the greatest moment was the piano and vocal reprise of Philadelphia during the first encore, where an already great song was made magical.
Passionate and powerful, We Are Augustines are a rare find - and truly a band to treasure.