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Weary Eyes: New York’s Augustines announce break-up following European tour

Today is a sad day for people who like awesome music, as Augustines have decided to call it quits. The celebrated New York rock trio, which formed out of the ashes of cult favorites Pela back in 2011, will split after a 26-date European tour that kicks off in Munich later this month and wraps, sadly, on Halloween night in Liverpool.

At this moment, there is no indication there will be a proper North American farewell. And the note delivered by Augustines’ Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson, and Rob Allen flatly suggests this upcoming tour is the last.

“Despite the news, we are looking forward to the tour and having an opportunity to sing with you, together, the band’s fourth and loudest member, one last time,” the band writes. “The truth is that the road is very challenging for artists in the modern age. It was only through your tireless support that the good ship, Augustines, has kept sailing since we met you in 2011. We are proud to say that within the confines of our band we never argued and always enjoyed each other and found joy in the process of making music, touring the world and spending time together. That makes this decision even more difficult.”




In June, Augustines released their third album, titled This Is Your Life. It followed 2014’s self-titled LP, and their 2011 debut, Rise Ye Sunken Ships. Next year, the band’s legacy is crystallized with the release of a new Todd Howe-directed documentary, RISE: The Story of Augustines.

Read the band’s full farewell note below, scan through a sampling of our favorite Augustines selections, catch up with our 2013 interview with Sanderson, and see their full run of final shows down below.

Augustines Letter

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