The CD comes with a Limited Edition, numbered, signed print of a song lyric handwritten by Glenn.
The vinyl is 2 x LP gatefold sleeve and includes a digital download of the album.
Please note that we have been advised that the LP is running approximately a week late. We expect to be able to ship around October 10. Apologies for the delay.
Pre-order the digital version and instantly get the track Definitive History.
There’s also a Deluxe Version on iTunes, which has three extra tracks.
(Friends outside Australia - it will be up digitally shortly)
After the band went ‘on hiatus’ in 2009, Glenn Richards opted to move from Melbourne to Hobart seeking lower rent and the chance to develop a working studio. This he did, building a soundproof bunker out of a small cave carved out of the wall of an underground garage in Goulburn Street, West Hobart. He began to write and demo songs for something, anything, next.
Inside of a year he’d been given the choice by his negatively-geared landlord to either eliminate the abandoned sibling kittens now in his care or be evicted. In his new rental lodging further up the mountain there was a large garden and a bungalow, which was duly converted to a more ambitious studio and sometimes speakeasy.
Communication amongst Glenn, Adam, Edmondo, Dave and Kiernan flickered to life. The idea of a new album was floated, one made in their own time, under their own steam; an album that was just made until it was made.
Within a year, despite two different wrists, one broken and one wrenched from its preferred location, and the perpetual problem of just getting together, Augie March began putting basic tracks down in the glow of the news they were finally, blessedly, independent once more.
In dribs and drabs over months and eventually over a year drums and bass were laid down at two different Melbourne studios. Vocals and assorted overdubs were then completed in Hobart, Brunswick and Yarraville by individual band members.
Of thirty-odd tracks, the list was refined to a smaller number. 14 tracks made the final cut.
The album is mixed beautifully by old friend and engineer illuminati Paul McKercher.
Its themes are various, but times passing, loss, dislocation, distance, new hope and healthy anger are coals in its fire. It contains elements of each release that has gone before and will be cherished by those who have kept faith with this rare outfit.
The album is Havens Dumb.
- The Good Gardener
No – not the final ever shows! But the final two of these special hometown return shows at Howler in Brunswick.
The first three shows back are now completely sold out. TWO more shows are now announced - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November. Tickets are on sale now. No more of these shows at Howler will be added.
Tickets are $45 +bf and on sale now:
WED 29 OCTOBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - SOLD OUT
THU 30 OCTOBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - SOLD OUT
FRI 31 OCTOBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - SOLD OUT
The band are feeling very warmly welcomed back. These shows will happen about three weeks after the new album ‘Havens Dumb’ is released on October 3 (you can pre-order that here), so will feature some of those new songs, as well as plenty of songs from the earlier albums.
It's likely they will play with a different special guest each night - more about that later.
They would also like to get to every town and city in the world that wants them to play, but for now, these shows are the only ones.
Way back in late 1995, the band – well they weren’t really actually a band at that point, just some friends with a notion of being a band – were invited to play at an art gallery in Brunswick Victoria for the opening of a friend’s art exhibition.
It will be a full nineteen years later, again in Brunswick, just a few streets away from that first venue, that the band will take to the stage again after a five-year hiatus.
From October 29 to November 2, Augie March will play at Howler, in Dawson Street Brunswick.
Adam, Dave, Edmondo, Glenn and Kiernan will play a special show drawing on songs from their back catalogue as well as some songs from their forthcoming new album.
See you there,
- The Good Gardener
The third song to be released before Havens Dumb comes out on October 3, “A Dog Starved” was a track that arrived late in the recording process:
“Blake, Manley Hopkins and Dylan Thomas all vie for the pedant’s ear in this power pop excursion, not to mention Big Star, XTC and maybe more recently, via XTC, Field Music. For all that heavyweight arty dick swinging it was from a dearth of brawn and a surplus of brain in evidence at what I’d mistakenly thought was the end of the project that “A Dog...” came, tail wagging. It became hurtfully clear that it was for me to go back into the pit and swing a little harder at the face, maybe even shirt off this time, do the shale dance into the hard rock. I wielded my brother’s old red hollow Silvertone and got some nice tones. Four days of basic tracking later we had four new songs, including this one." - Glenn Richards
"A Dog Starved" is available via iTunes.