BioA BRIEF HISTORY
Adam, Dave and Glenn grew up in and around Shepparton in country Victoria, Australia, and met up again in Melbourne in 1996. They quickly recruited bassist Edmond, who they were studying music with, and Augie March was born. The bands first live performance was at a gallery to celebrate a friend's exhibition. There may have been a dubious cover version or two along with some early Glenn originals. From there they progressed to playing several of Melbourne's excellent live venues for unsigned original bands, and attracted the ear of discerning music lovers in the public and music industry alike. After just a handful of gigs they were signed to Ra Records. They recorded their debut EP, Thanks for the Memes with Victor Van Vugt (Beth Orton, Nick Cave) and released it in January 1998. After some nice reviews and a bit of airplay, they set about recording the mini-album, Waltz, in October 1998, which rapidly built the band a solid fan base in Australia and other parts of the world. This was partially due to the song "Asleep in Perfection", which got a lot of radio play, but also due to the strength and diversity of the mini-album as a whole.
In late 2000 Augie March released their first full-length album, Sunset Studies. The album stayed in the Australian National Albums (ARIA) chart for half the year. Listeners of national #1 youth radio station Triple J voted Sunset Studies into their Top 5 Albums of the Year. Again, the album is still finding new homes a couple of years after release; it crept its way through various musical communities of the world like a creeping vine. It ranked in Jack Rabid's influential U.S mag The Big Takeover's Top 40 Albums of 2001 - without being released there. Similarly, in Q Magazine's (UK) Readers Poll for the Best 50 Albums of The Last 15 Years; Sunset Studies got an honourable mention, without a UK release. It has found willing ears across Europe, in Japan, Canada and many other parts of the galaxy.
Producers Paul McKercher and Chris Thompson, who individually worked with the band so successfully on Sunset Studies, were invited back into the studio in 2002 to cook up the second album, Strange Bird. The band had set up camp in a disused telephone company building in Preston, outer Melbourne to write the album some months earlier, so hit the studio with a swag of new tunes that were fresh out of the place where music comes from. The results were very satisfactory; the band members on the whole were far happier with the recordings than they had been with parts of Sunset Studies.