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Havens Dumb


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Havens Dumb


 

Havens Dumb is out now.

Deep thanks to everyone involved in the making of the album, and everyone involved in the listening too. We hope it repays your faith and patience.

It's available to order on 2LP vinyl and Ltd Edition softpak CD. It's also available on iTunes right now, including a Deluxe Version; details are below.

The first three ‘First Shows Back’ at Howler are sold out, tickets for the fourth and fifth (and final) shows are going fast here.

The band are also playing at Meeniyan Town Hall on Saturday 25 October - ticket details here.

Hope you enjoy Havens Dumb,

 

 - The Good Gardener

The CD comes with a Limited Edition print of a song lyric handwritten by Glenn.

The vinyl is 2 x LP gatefold sleeve and includes a digital download of the album. 

Order the digital Standard Version via iTunes.

There’s also a Deluxe Version on iTunes, which has three extra tracks.


THE SHORT STORY

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

 

Download a pdf of the Havens Dumb track by track

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First Show Back


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First Show Back


FIRST THREE SHOWS SOLD OUT
FINAL TWO SHOWS ON SALE

The Howler shows are nearly here. The band are busy rehearsing and working out which songs will make the set each night, and we now have one Special Guest for each night of the five shows: Oliver Mann, Jess Cornelius, Jae Laffer (The Panics), Jen Cloher and Fraser A. Gorman.  

Tickets for the first three shows are sold out, there’s a handful left for the Saturday night, and they are selling fast for the Sunday night.

Tickets are $45 +bf and on sale now:

WED 29 OCTOBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - SOLD OUT
Doors: 7:30pm
Oliver Mann: 8:00pm
Augie March: 9:00pm

THU 30 OCTOBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - SOLD OUT
Doors: 7:30pm
Jess Cornelius: 8:00pm
Augie March: 9:00pm

FRI 31 OCTOBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - SOLD OUT
Doors: 7:30pm
Jae Laffer: 8:15pm
Augie March: 9:30pm

SAT 01 NOVEMBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - ON SALE NOW
Doors: 7:30pm
Jen Cloher: 8:15pm
Augie March: 9:30pm

SUN 02 NOVEMBER - HOWLER, BRUNSWICK VIC - ON SALE NOW
Doors: 7:30pm
Fraser A. Gorman: 8:00pm
Augie March: 9:00pm

The band are feeling very warmly welcomed back. These shows will happen about three weeks after the new album ‘Havens Dumb’ is released (you can order that here), so will feature some of those new songs, as well as plenty of songs from the earlier albums.

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.


THE BEGINNING OF THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH

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

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A Dog Starved


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A Dog Starved


The third song to be released from Havens Dumb, “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.