BACK TOGETHER: Indie/pop rock band Augie March has released a new album and will be performing at Bluesfest this year.
BACK TOGETHER: Indie/pop rock band Augie March has released a new album and will be performing at Bluesfest this year.

Augie March, two decades of magic and music

DESCRIBING Melbourne band Augie March is like describing the last 20 years of Australian music.

Theirs is pretty much a tale of musical talent penned at a Victorian pub in the mid-1990s.

Guitar player Adam Donovan attended a music course at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE along with fellow Augie March founding members Edmondo Ammendola and David Williams.

Glenn Richards and Kiernan Box were also present at the original 1995 meeting.

"There was a conversation in a pub in Melbourne in December of '95 and the first was, I think, on January '96," Donovan said.

The band went to release four albums between 1996 and 2009: Sunset Studies (2000), Strange Bird (2002), Moo, You Bloody Choir (2006) and Watch Me Disappear (2008).

They went into hiatus in 2009.

On June 16, 2014, Augie March announced via their official Facebook page that they were back together.

A week later the band posted that they had been working on a full-length album for the last two-and-a-half years.

The band's latest album, Havens Dumb, was released on October 2014.

After the Crack Up and Definitive History were the first two songs unveiled.

Written by Glenn Richards, like every song released by Augie March, After the Crack Up resonated strongly with Donovan.

"After I heard After the Crack Up a few times, I was walking around and I couldn't get it out of my head," he said.

"The melodies were a worm in my ear.

"They would not leave my head.

"There is no doubt it is a strong course."

augie march after the crack up: Published on 17 Jul 2014 From the album Havens Dumb, released October 3, 2014. Order here: http://augiemarch.com.au/havens-dumb
augie march after the crack up: Published on 17 Jul 2014 From the album Havens Dumb, released October 3, 2014. Order here: http://augiemarch.com.au/havens-dumb

Asked if the band would ever release a song written by a member other than Richards, Donovan half-joked: "I don't think he would like to sing anything we wrote."

Asked if the band would celebrate their two decades playing together in December or January, Donovan said: "Neither, really.

"We've never even looked at it that way.

"I think it is a bit too scary.

"I don't even like saying it's been 20 years.

"I know people younger than that."

Augie March will be performing at Bluesfest Byron Bay on Thursday, April 2. Visit the Bluesfest website for tickets and details.