Augustana, 'Youth Is Wasted on the Young': Exclusive Song Premiere

Jeremy Cowart

 Augustana promo photo by Jeremy Cowart

The new track comes from upcoming album "Life Imitating Life," due April 22

The last few years were a trying time for Augustana, but after major lineup and label changes, a new album is coming April 22. Billboard presents an exclusive premiere of one of the new tracks, a catchy, poignant, piano-laced song called "Youth Is Wasted on the Young."

"It's when you're lying in bed thinking about your life and what led you to the place you're in," says frontman Daniel Layus. "It's frustrating sometimes and you start chasing your tail. There's no time machine to go back, and even if you could, would you or could you do anything differently? Because I suppose you only know what you know now because you you're here now, you weren't here back then."

As the voice behind Augustana, Layus might be looking back on a tumultuous time for his band. All the other original members of the quintet decided to depart in 2011, leaving Layus to ponder Augustana's future. He quickly decided to press on, though that meant moving on from Epic Records after three full length releases and settling on the Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square as his new home. He also found a new home himself, moving from San Diego to Nashville.

Layus recorded the ten tracks on "Life Imitating Life" with producer John O'Mahony (Coldplay, Metric). Once the album drops April 22, Layus hopes it's the kind of album that makes a real difference in listener's lives:

"Ultimately I just want to put something positive out there in the world. I feel an undeniably strong need to create and release something that feels positive and hopeful and important in an artistic way. If it can inspire somebody or help them when they're in a rough spot in their lives, a place I've been before and survived to tell the tale, then what a special thing to be able to do."

Augustana kicks off a spring tour with Twin Forks (featuring former Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba) April 19.


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