FEATURE: Augie March
By Alana Mazurke
It’s becoming as adamant as ever that there’s this looming feeling that Australia is losing more and more of its much loved branded bands; the one’s that give you that nostalgic feeling from their profound singles and memorable live shows. Fortunately it seems we’ve been able to attain one of those bands with the return of Melbournian five piece Augie March. Drummer David Williams answered a few of my questions in regard to the new album, tour and comeback.
“The band’s inner curmudgeon/misanthrope is off the leash a little more these days. We are 16 years weirder.”
Since the release of first album Sunset Studies in 2000 the band have released three more studio albums including the infamous Moo, You Bloody Choir. After 2008’s Watch Me Disappear the band went on a hiatus. “Glenn who was looking to make a record with his brother and some mates initiated it, which coincided with us needing a break from one another and the circus.” During the five years apart the band spent a lot of their time continuing to make music and take refuge in the break. “All members collaborated with other musicians, recording and touring throughout time away from Augie March.”
“If we listened to people’s opinions when we first started we would have chucked it in. No reason to start that practice now.”
This year saw the release of the band’s fifth studio album as well as the announcement of a return to national touring, seeing the band sell out numerous shows around the country. The bands hometown of Melbourne saw them sell out five shows alone. Despite the bands solidarity of fans there were no preconceptions of what the announcement of their return would hold. “I leave trying to predict things to the bureau of meteorology and reading peoples’ minds to Criss Angel.”
2014’s Havens Dumb is an exceptional album easing the band straight back into Australians line of sight. Its fluidity start to finish makes you want to leave the album on repeat; in its entirety Havens Dumb solidifies the bands musical abilities, Glenn’s unquestionable knack for lyricism and enforces this want to see it performed live. “We have never been good at doing singles but plenty refined at putting together a record with a narrative running throughout. Have not worked out the ‘how to make the thing shorter’ though.” The album was produced by long term friend and notable production engineer Paul McKercher. “Paul is a colleague who is well credentialed, well read and a spring of wisdom.”
Listen to the album here.
Listen to first single “After The Crack Up” fromt he new album below: