metal talk
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
metal talk
1st August 2012


Brooklyn's We Are Augustines are set to release a double A-Side single featuring 'Book Of James' and 'Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love)' on September 3rd ahead of their performances at Reading and Leeds Festivals and their Autumn UK tour.

The trio have not stopped traveling this year. Following a fully sold out UK tour in May, they flew back home for appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Carson Daly shows, played a US tour with Band Of Skulls in between European and American festival slots, and are currently on tour with the Counting Crows playing to over 10,000 people a night.

Article continues below...

The new release leads with the band's flagship tune 'Book Of James', a song that needs no introduction. Lauded as one of the singles of the year, the track described as "heart-breaking in its openness" by 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, delves into the heart of the subject matter from debut album 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships' and is one of the most moving pieces of work the band have released to date.

This epic track is a moving eulogy, an attempt to humanize the homeless and mentally ill from first hand experiences and a song that has connected with many.

This double A-Side single is charmed with the presence of live favourite 'Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love)' which snapshots a city landscape. Not a world-class cosmopolitan playground, but a real place with real people living real lives. A subject matter that is close to all three members of We Are Augustines, particularly singer Billy McCarthy:

"I'm not sure what my fascination with not becoming a casualty of your surroundings is about but it's, again, a character pleading with great urgency that they can't succumb to shutting down and accepting this as a life. There is indeed a world out there, and that once you truly realize it, the window of time is very short to get out.

Reminiscing the recording of 'Philadelphia', bass player Eric Sanderson remembers:

"'Philadelphia' was the first song we recorded for 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships'. It completely morphed in the studio. We went through about as many drum beats you could think of before we settled on the Motown beat. It was recorded live with only a few overdubs, something we were pushing for at the time.

"When we started playing live we desired something more from the song and worked out a version with just piano and vocals. That change brought it from the loudest song on the record to the most intimate song in the set. Through all of this transformation we now have two versions of the song to choose from every night. Sometimes we don't even know which one we will play until the moment comes in the set.

"Having both versions really helps us to stay connected with the audience by morphing the show, keeping in the present."

This double A-Side will be available digitally on iTunes and other digital stores online on September 3rd.

See We Are Augustines at their forthcoming UK shows:


SUN 30th - BRISTOL THEKLA 0845 413 4444

WED 03rd - MANCHESTER HMV RITZ 0845 413 4444
THU 04th - LEEDS COCKPIT 0113 245 5570
FRI 05th - NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY2 0845 413 4444
SUN 07th - GLASGOW ARCHES 0844 847 2487
MON 08th - NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS 0845 413 4444
TUE 09th - BIRMINGHAM BALLROOM 0844 873 7359



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



Your Email Address:

Travelling To Wacken From:

Your Telephone Number:

Your Enquiry:


metal talk © All written site content is copyright 2008-2017, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.