I had the pleasure to see the amazing Augustines twice in Berlin this week. The first show was on Sunday, at Fluxbau where the band performed a downsized acoustic set, and yesterday they played the sold out Privatclub, making everyone very happy again.
After seeing them twice this week It’s kind of obvious, that they are on everyones “next big thing” list for 2104. The expectations for both concerts where therefore pretty high - but what can I say, they didn’t only play two great shows - they blew me away twice, with their wittiness, charm and great lyrics. With songs like "Strange Days" they offer you a sound that makes you want to jump in the next car to go on a road trip immediately to sing out this lyrics, very loud while you drive on a long and empty road: "Yeah you got scars, but you' got savings in your jar, it's your time, so board the train." If Mumford & Sons are too folky commercial for you and The Gaslight Anthem annoy you with their greasy attitude Augustines are the right guys to stick with.
The nicest thing about watching Augustines is seeing and sensing that there is this deep band-friendship between them. They always seem to look out for each other, caring that everything works out. If Billy can’t plug in his guitar cord someone is jumping for help – if there is a lighter missing to light a cigarette it magically appears and if someone is lost for words Eric will likely find the right ones. There is a sense of ‘bromance’ between them that might take them to a level only bands who are in it for the music, friendship and the shared moments can reach
What struck me the most, and what I didn’t expect at all, was that they are almost the best in the quiet moments. That’s probably why I enjoyed the small concert at Fluxbau even a bit more than yesterdays non acoustic performance. In the end I can only stick to Billys words, because they make a marvelous life-motto for 2014 “Keep the art colorful and keep your heart burning red.” There is a lot to come for this guys, let’s hope that they can stay as true to themselves as they showed it in Berlin.