If We Are Augustines‘ new music video for “Book Of James” seems sad, contemplative and melodramatic, that’s because it is. The band’s debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Oxcart), deals with the demise of singer Billy McCarthy’s family, a tragic and heartbreaking saga. “Book Of James” acts as a eulogy for McCarthy’s younger brother, Jim, who led an ill-fated life on the streets of California, in homeless shelters and psychiatric wards. After assaulting a shelter employee with a knife, Jim was diagnosed with schizophrenia and condemned to solitary confinement; during a brief stint in a hospital ward, Jim heard he was to be replaced in solitary confinement and hanged himself soon thereafter.
So perhaps We Are Augustines’ new video is not melodramatic—certainly the tale of Jim McCarthy cannot demand enough sympathy. McCarthy has had more than his fair share of struggles, from losing both Jim and his mother to schizophrenia and suicide to growing up in foster care without ever knowing his father. The video stars indie actor Brady Corbet (24, Law And Order, Thirteen) as he travels around the outer boroughs of New York City and lays on a beach at sunset—yes, dramatic, but appropriately so.
Don’t go thinking that We Are Augustines is always a bum trip, though. Next week the band will be heading to the U.K. to support Glasvegas on a tour around the island.
Tour Dates For We Are Augustines:
10/19 – New York, NY – Ace Hotel (KEXP Official Live Broadcast – CMJ)
10/19 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (CMJ)
10/21 – New York, NY – The Living Room (Paste Magazine/RDIO CMJ Party – CMJ)
10/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Spike Hill (The Launch Pad: Presented By Baeblemusic – CMJ)
10/24 – London, UK – Koko *
10/26 – Brighton, UK – The Old Market *
10/27 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy *
10/29 – Sheffield, UK – The Leadmill *
10/30 – York, UK – The Duchess *
10/31 – Glasgow, UK – 02 ABC *
* With Glasvegas