2011 was an interesting year for music for me. Some of my favorite artists came out with long awaited albums (some disappointed), and some of my favorite bands resurfaced in different forms. We Are Augustines is one of them. And they had one of my favorite tracks of 2011, “Book of James.”
We Are Augustines - “Book of James”
I discovered Pela a little bit too late. I was set to see them a few years ago at the High Dive in Seattle, but Billy McCarthy broke his leg (I think?) a couple of shows previous and they had to cancel some dates, including that High Dive show. The band then went through a tough breakup, personal tragedy, battles with their label, and I, like many others wondered if we would hear from Pela again.
When I heard that singer Billy McCarthy and bassist Eric Sanderson came together to form We Are Augustines, I found myself at the right place at the right time. Before embarking on a European tour, the band, now with drummer Rob Allen, played a warm up show at a tiny bar deep in Brooklyn (I took 2 buses and 2 trains). It doesn’t matter what it was called, cause I really can’t remember. Me and about 50 other people crammed inside to hear the return of the heart and soul of Pela: We Are Augustines. Through everything, I saw a band ready to be noticed again. I even got to hear a couple Pela tunes.
To top things off, I got to meet Billy McCarthy after the show, and I could tell this was a genuine human being who really loved what he did and appreciated those who supported the band. We Are Augustines, you have a fan for life.