Brooklyn’s We Are Augustines are very pleased to announce that their debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, has been named “Best Alternative Album” for 2011 by iTunes in its year-end “Rewind 2011” round-up of the year’s top albums, songs, apps, TV shows, movies and more. Announced this morning, the top-honor selection from the world’s #1 music store caps off a stellar year for the indie-rock trio.
n addition to the band’s iTunes accolade, We Are Augustines have also been included as part of the Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International compilation. Featuring over 80 artists that include Joan Baez, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Sting, Adele and many others, We Are Augustines contribute their rendition of “Mama, You Been On My Mind” for the collection that is scheduled for physical (four discs) and digital release in North America on January 24, 2012 through Fontana Distribution. It will be distributed internationally through Fontana International, a Universal Music company, on January 30. Chimes of Freedom is Executive Produced by legendary music executive Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta, who spearheaded Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur – a 2007 collection of John Lennon solo compositions performed by major artists including U2, Green Day, and R.E.M.
Out now in physical and digital formats, Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Oxcart Records) landed in the Top 10 of SoundScan’s New Artists chart on the strength of its first week of digital sales. The album’s August 23 release was succeeded by several appearances during the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in late October as well as a tour of the UK supporting Glasvegas. The band is scheduled to perform as part of Xfm’s sold out Winter Wonderland concert at Brixton Academy in London on Wednesday, December 14, an evening that will also include performances from The Horrors, Band of Skulls, Kaiser Chiefs and Maccabees.