Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
We are actually kind of spread out. A handful of us are from Mahopac, New York while others are from Cortlandt Manor, NY and Brewster, NY. Our bass player Greg is currently in Florida in med school actually.
Who has been your greatest influence?
I think one of the many reasons that we work so well together is because we all have many different influences. Between the four of us, our influences range from No Doubt, Metallica, Cream, any project that Jack White has been involved with, Mountain, Rush, Black Sabbath, among many others. We are also influenced by artists that include Phil Collins, Earth Wind and Fire, and Abba which include more groove elements to them which we are trying to incorporate into our newer writing sessions. When we combine all of these influences from our different backgrounds, we really create a sound that lets each member’s strong points shine and we’re super excited and proud of that.
What is your latest and greatest?
We put out an album in the summer of 2019 entitled ‘Nothing Comes for Free.’ That is our latest as of now, but we are actively working on new material. As for our greatest, stay tuned to find out!
Are you performing LIVE soon?
At the moment, we do not have any shows booked but we plan on booking more as soon as possible. While Greg is currently in med school, our friend/producer Nick Sochan is holding down the fort on bass which has been a fun time!
What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
I think we’re mainly looking forward to a sense of normalcy. Right now we’re playing shows and trying to get back in the swing of things but there have obviously been roadblocks and extra precautions along the way. So hopefully by 2022 we start to achieve that. We’re also excited to hopefully have some new music out. We have a couple new ones that we have been testing out live and have been going over pretty well, so we’re excited to keep the ball rolling and hopefully get something fresh out there. As much as we’re still excited about our last release, we have all been listening to new things and gaining new influences and we can’t wait to have new music that reflects that as well.
How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through?
It was definitely rough. It was a turn of events that none of us could have ever imagined. Up until about May of this year, we had only practiced once since the pandemic began. It was tough for us because we all wanted to do our part so that meant not seeing each other this whole time which made writing difficult. Britney and I did try to keep things going and would write over Zoom meetings and send ideas back and forth. We also put together a few cover videos just for fun. But overall, it was very rough. It was also tough finding inspiration because personality, when there is so much negativity and uncertainty ahead of you it is difficult to sit down and try to block out that noise. You think we’d have a crazy amount of new material just sitting around due to this pandemic, but for us that is not the case just because it was hard to get inspired and motivated during this time of uncertainty. We feel for all the venues that had to shut down due to this and we would like to do anything we can to help this industry keep afloat because without it we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves. Nevertheless, we are happy to see it is starting to turn a corner.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
The number one thing I’d say to my younger self as a songwriter is that “there is beauty in simplicity” and “make every note count.” Growing up, many of us listened to heavier bands because that is what the scene was like. We wanted to be just like them and play as fast as we could and sound as heavy as possible. Once we started to develop as songwriters, we realized that sometimes some of the best music out there is so simple at its core and sometimes one note screams so much louder than a million notes. It’s all about finding that balance between feel and technicality. In terms of just life advice, I’d tell myself that nothing is going to come easy. You always have dreams of blowing up as an artist and it seems so much easier said than done when you’re younger, but the reality is you need to work hard and grind as much as you can and only then will you have that shot of that dream becoming your reality.
On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you?
I’d say I am at a 7. The pandemic really took some drive out of everybody because there was so much uncertainty in the air. We never knew if we’d ever play a show again. But now that we’re back at it again, that 7 will climb to a 10 once we are comfortable and back in the swing of things.
When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
Taking a step back and letting myself get inspired by others helps me get on track. For example, our singer Britney put out some fantastic solo music and hearing that sparked motivation to get back at it. But just taking time to let yourself get out of the funk that you’re in and being inspired by music/elements around you definitely helps with getting back on track. Mental breaks are extremely important and burning yourself out does not help matters in the slightest. Allowing yourself to find motivation and inspiration is the name of the game.
How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
Zero. Absolutely none. People make it because they work hard, market themselves well, make connections, and have the confidence that they’re going to do well. No one ever just shows up and one day you’re magically selling out arenas. You only get there if you take the time/necessary steps to get there and set yourself up with the best opportunity to be successful. Some days are harder than others, but having that drive and being consistent is what gets you there.
How can we stay up to date with you?
You can find our most update-to-date information on our Facebook and Instagram pages! We’re @augystinebandny on Instagram. We also have a website augystine.com. Our music can be found on all streaming platforms. Thanks again for this opportunity!
Links to any social /music account you want to share?
@augystinebandny - Instagram
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