Ex-Brooklyn rockers Augustines & The Bots played Monday night at the Bowery Ballroom and it was nothing short of an epic evening. My cousin Alex, who has seen Augustines before, said that they are one of the best bands to see live, and they lived up to every expectation.
The opening act, The Bots, are a duo out of L.A. made up of two brothers; Anaiah Lei on Drums, and Mikaiah Lei on Guitar. They set the vibe for the evening with punk and grunge infused rock that penetrated the crowd and invigorated the Bowery Ballroom with great energy. They started the band back when they were 15 and 12, and now they are on their third album, Pink Palms, which is out October 14.
I was impressed by Mikaiah’s stage presence, and the fact that they have played with one of my favorite bands the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, completed two Vans Warped Tours, two Afropunk Festival tours, and played at Coachella last spring. They have promised that their upcoming album is going, “to change perceptions.”
If you haven’t heard of Augustines, you should check them out before they play this weekend in Brooklyn, where they are originally from. Now based out of Seattle Washington, Augustines is made up of guitarist Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson who plays multiple instruments, and drummer Rob Allen.
Soon, Augustines will be off touring in Europe and start the filming of the movie, “Rise” a Big Vulture film by Todd Howe, and Joshua Kincaid. The film is going to be about the many obstacles the band has gone through, yet still they persevered to become one of the best indie rock bands of our generation.
Augustines are a band that encompasses what a live show is all about. They really seem to care about their fans and interacted with us on every level. I have never had a band walk an entire venue out onto the streets of NYC and continue playing after the show is suppose to be over.
It was such a humbling experience to crowd surf guitars and other instruments out to the band now gathered outside a local bars stoop, and then watch them drink whiskey and play song after song as it started to drizzle rain. It was one of those moments in your life where you take a step back and just savor it.
Augustines and The Bots are playing at Rough Trade Friday October 3 in Brooklyn, doors open at 8pm. Tickets are still available, and I highly advise you snatch one up because they will be gone after people hear about last nights whiskey fueled escapades!