Beneath Augusta

Album Title: You Gotta Come Down Sometime
Release Date: August 24, 2004
Genre: Indie Rock
Flowing and gloomy, Beneath Augusta's debut record is certainly full of atmosphere. It sort of creates a fog of guitars and harmonies which encapsulates every one of the forlorn notions to ever have entered mankind's collective head. Not to say that 'You Gotta Come Down Sometime' is completely depressing (though the title would suggest otherwise). 'Knees Buckle From Under' is a song about charging on forward (again, the title would suggest otherwise), but lyrics like "A lifetime lost, sustained without a crutch/No one will come to pick you up" do dominate the 10 tracks.

Sounding similar to many of the other bands that get pegged as '80s revivalists, Beneath Augusta do indeed dig up the sombre mood attached to the decade, perfected by bands like The Smiths and The Cure. The emotionally charged vocals that Michael Brennan provides for the band dangle on the edge of emo, but the lack of general whiny-ness manages to pull them back to the side of reason. Melancholic without a load of bellyaching, 'You Gotta Come Down Sometime' has found itself a bittersweet niche.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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