Augustine - We Are Augustines.
As a new contributor to NDT, I’m somewhat surprised to see that We Are Augustines have yet to be included among the venerated nominees. Despite being borne of both professional and personal hardship, their début album Rise Ye Sunken Ships is a tour de force of contagious riffs and gruffly optimistic vocals. There’s not a weak track on the album. Augustine is my personal favourite, though. I suspect that has to do with the effortless cool of the song’s chorus, while the irreverent verses also recall definite shades of the (Doolitte-era) Pixies.
Contributed by @grant_mcdermott.