Live Review: Augustines
Venue: London Electric Ballroom
Billy McCarthy’s anthemic wonders test the water for what might become the big time.
Billy McCarthy has already lived a bigger life than almost any of his peers, and shows no signs of slowing down. When Augustines’ singer-songwriter gets to Juarez, midway through tonight’s set, its key lines – ‘I got a drunk for a mother/Got a saint for a brother’ – are a repeated, purging mantra. Most here know the tragic history being memorialised, of an addict mother who fatally overdosed when he was 19, and his brother James’s 2009 suicide after solitary confinement in Folsom Prison, despite his schizophrenia.