By Abbie Gobeli.
“I wish I moved to Scotland, there’s some familiar about it” smiled We Are Augustines’ guitarist Billy McCarthy as I was leaving The Arches following the interview. We Are Augustines performed that night to a sold-out crowd of adoring fans jumping about and singing along to every lyric.
Their debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships has deep emotional roots in McCarthy’s past, which the band now celebrates in healing and flooring audiences with their feats. Their stage presence connects you to them. If you can’t feel their energy flowing into your pores, then you must be unconscious.
Standing at the edge of the stage, McCarthy scans the background of bricks and pipes around him and stares back at the audience taking the moment in,
“I don’t want to forget this show”.
These guys put on a personable show exchanging laughs and conversation amongst themselves and the audience like they are all old friends. “Chapel Song” closed the show and the band hugged and shook hands with fans over the barricades.
“This is rock ‘n’ roll, says McCarthy smiling through his illness, “you can’t quit this s__t.”