Augie March: 10 Essential Tracks

Written by Augustus Welby on March 4, 2020

Augie March topped triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2006, but they’re a true anomaly in the countdown’s history. Their music isn’t easy to pigeonhole, even six albums into their career.

The band’s debut LP Sunset Studies came out 20 years ago. It’s an album of guitar music, melodic, wordy and sophisticated. It’s not airless or overly clever, and nor is it loose and jangly. The band can rock, but it’s rarely is it their preference.

Glenn Richards’ lyrics could compel an audience when read aloud, liberated from music. They’re elegantly crafted, but his content’s seldom reverent. Richards also has an effortless knack for mustering stirring melodic sequences.

He tends to be self-deprecating onstage and generally seems like a reluctant frontperson. The rest of the band members also fail to live up to any rock star stereotypes. They’re just a bunch of guys from Shepparton in rural Victoria who, against the odds, have produced some of their generation’s most compelling, intelligent indie rock songs. Here are ten essentials.

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