What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
“Many may try to harken back to the heyday of rock and roll, but few pull it off as authentically as Augustus. ” – , Sun News, 9/18/17. From their humble acoustic beginnings in 2014, to their current status as a full time 4pc touring rock band, Augustus continues to push the boundaries while delivering honest original songs. The band has released a steady stream of critically acclaimed music, licensed songs to MTV, E!, and the Discovery Channel, and has been crisscrossing the country at a head spinning pace.”
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
It’s our 4th record and 1st one to feature the quartet that we’ve been touring with for the past 2 years. We recorded this EP in Boulder, CO in the Fall of 2017, tracking much of the it live. Lead singer and main songwriter Colin Kelly started writing the record in 2016 and says that “it’s an impressionistic record looking at one’s life through a rose colored lens”
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
In general people like Jeff Tweedy, Connan Mockasin, and Tom Waits have a heavy influence on us. Specifically for this record, Colin was listening to a lot of Bowie.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
We’re a 4pc psychedelic rock band w/ some prog, retro, and blues influences. Songwriting is always at the core and even though the sound has been evolving for the 5 years, their is a consistent thread running through the music.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
-Count of Monte Cristo
– Back to the Future 2 (hoverboard! bro)
– The Room
-Shadows and Light
-A Ghost is Born
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
They both have merits and they nourish each other. When the record is finished, we just want to get out and tour on it. After tour we’re antsy to get back in the studio and start tracking new ideas.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Last Fall, we played a gig in New Hope PA at John and Peter’s, home of Ween. During our set, the PA explodes and lets out a demonic, blood-curdling howl that stops the show and almost deafens everybody in the venue. Enter Dean Ween himself. He was drinking at the bar and walks over to the PA and casually dials it back in. He ran sound for Augustus that day, even asked about our monitor mixes.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
“Things Got a Way of Changin“, rhythmically and texturally it’s different than anything else we’ve recorded before.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Tour, tour, tour. We’re coming for you and we’re going to eat your cookies.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Why are you like this?
Great question, and one that we hope to be able to answer soon. Ask us again after another couple years on tour.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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