Passion, it’s something every gig should have but can sometimes be found in short supply. However, they’re certain musicians out there that you can always count on putting an incredibly passionate performance that will stick with you for days, hell even weeks. Local group Augustines are such a band, in fact: they’re a brilliant fucking band. They’re a group that’s dealt with setback after setback, hardship after hardship, yet whenever you see them perform live it’s as though all of that washes away the second they take the stage. An what’s mind-blowing about that is that they never try to sway into a ‘this is it’ type of mentality or hype, they never try to be something they’re not; they’re a band that wears their hardships on their sleeves and allows that to make them better people just as much as it makes them better musicians. Throughout our lifetime we come across people who allow boundaries to hold them back constantly but the guys from Augustines have made a career out of smashing the boundaries others would dare to set in-front of them. What blows me away the most about the guys is that I’d be hard-pressed to think of a more genuine underdog in our contemporary music world and though this is something that most bands would/could utilize as a clutch Augustines goes on and just play their songs as well and massive as they can, literally using their music to do the majority of the talking. An Augustines show is simply an inspiring thing to watch, especially if rock music means something to you.
My anticipation for this show steadily grew as the date came closer, and once I was in Bowery Ballroom I could feel the anticipation of nearly everyone around me. It’s rare to see the ballroom portion of the venue get filled up so quickly but the crowd at Bowery that night wanted to show the guys from Augustines just how missed and loved they were. For most of this tour two of the three Augustines guys played acoustic renditions of their songs because Eric (bass/keyboards/guitars/vocals/overall badass) had to leave the tour because of the death of his father. However, on this night Eric was able to make it and help take part of this special occasion, the hometown show. It was a beautiful thing to witness, you could just tell that being on stage made him feel alive and he played so fucking well that night. That night at Bowery I witnessed what sweat, blood, and tears could bring three dedicated men who love what they do, the singing of fans who knew every word, and truthfully: it was a damn fine thing to witness. Enjoy my photos from the show below.
Be sure to check out Augustines latest/self-titled album, which is out now!
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