Live Review: Augie March
Augie March have brought some extra people along for their latest run of shows. Specifically, they’ve roped in a horn section, an accordion, a lovely Dobro guitar and the very laid back bass guitar of Edmondo Ammendola.
Part comedy routine, part live show, the banter between leader singer Glenn Richards and drummer David Williams is one of the highlights whenever Augie March take to the stage. Tonight was no different. Take this interchange between them.
Richards: “This song’s about…”
Richards: “Yeah… dudes”.
The song, of course, was not about dudes at all and Augie March dived into yet another beautiful ballad, made even more chilling by Richards amazing vocals.
Radio favorite, ‘One Crowded Hour’, drew a predictably good reaction from the crowd, sounding completely different from the version off their third album, ‘Moo, You Bloody Choir’. Meanwhile, ‘Cold Acre’ and ‘Pennywhistle’ got the awkwardly still crowd almost moving.
When watching and hearing Augie March play it’s hard not to get the occasional feeling you’re at a Glenn Richards poetry reading which they’ve just thrown some music behind - so deep and moving are his lyrics. That said, the band are so tightly practiced that the folky/countrified music and intrinsic lyrics go hand in hand.
Keeping up the comedy routine, the band jokingly left the stage late in the set, commenting on the pressures of band encores and how they are best avoided while doing just that. A couple more songs, both old and new, and they were finished.
A band like Augie March thrive in these smaller venues, where the acoustics are great and the music fills up every corner of the room - apart from the pricey beers, it was a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday evening.