Rock trio Augustines will hit the road to push the Feb. 4 release of its self-titled sophomore LP on Votiv/Oxcart, with help from Creative Artists Agency’s Bobby Cory.
Routing: Augustines will circle North America in a counterclockwise direction, hitting 30 markets. The tour starts in Vancouver at Venue (Feb. 5) and hits Stubb’s in Austin (Feb. 18) and U Street Music Hall in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 26) before ending at Club Sound in Salt Lake City (March 22). Due to previous runs supporting Band of Skulls and Frightened Rabbit, the band won’t hit any new markets, but it’s excited to have an album’s worth of new material to play for fans. “It’s more possible to be dynamic as a headliner when you have 20-plus songs to choose from,” frontman Billy McCarthy says.
Audience: Cory kept the venue capacity on par with the band’s past headlining runs, between 300 and 600. “It’s not a step up — it’s just the right first move to see what connects. If it does, we’ll take the next step.” The tour will peak at its second stop, the 600-cap Neumos in Seattle (Feb. 7), the group’s hometown. “We knew it would be an easy sellout for them, just to kick things off,” Cory says.
Promotion: With the band still working its way up to national promoters, Cory says word-of-mouth from past tours is Augustines’ strongest promotional tool. “It’s a great live show, which is why we thought supporting the right tours would be a good move for them. McCarthy, though, is focused on keeping the distance between him and the fans as small as possible. “Twitter is great for us,” he says. “If someone’s like, ‘Ugh, I didn’t get into the show,’ we can say, ‘We’ll make it up to you.'” -Nick Williams
Agent: Bobby Cory, CAA
Dates: Feb. 5-March 22