Q&A Scene: Auguste

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
Our new single Kingdom is a song about personal space, and learning to say no to people trying to invade it! It’s meant to be empowering but it’s also got a fresh vibe to it at the same time, you can’t help but want to dance along!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
Kingdom is my absolute favourite – I’ve been so excited to release this song because I’ve really felt like it’s what we’ve been trying to achieve with our music…It’s easy to listen to, and has some really nice melody & lyrical moments and a really cool rhythm that you can’t help but dance along to (thanks To Andy Bull of course!!)

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Skye has a new sausage dog puppy who is bloody adorable! – She chills in the studio with us a lot and usually sleeps fair bit but… a few weeks ago we were rehearsing our set with a new synth we’d just bought from interstate and before we had even switched the thing on she decided to chew through and completely destroy the power cord! We were so lucky it was the end we could replace pretty easily but needless to say we’ve been pretty reluctant to invite her back in the studio!!

What, or who, inspires you?
Other artists. Feelings of boredom, excitement, frustration or confusion!

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Elastic Heart – Sia – this is one of my fav recent pop songs – just such a good hook, she is one talented lady.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
It’s like eating a pavlova without using your hands haha! Sweet and fluffy but a bit risky and exciting ;) and also very Aussie !!

What’s next for you?
More writing, rehearsing and touring – All the good stuff really J

What’s your scene?
On the weekend it’s the park or beach during the day, local music hotspot with friends and a good vino at night!

About Auguste

Ethereal pop duo, Auguste are set to release their new single, Kingdom on April 15, a synth-soaked call-to-arms for those defending themselves against personal space invaders. The talented gals have also released a stunning video to accompany the single which features contemporary dancers Jess Statton and Aiden Kane Munn in a sharp studio landscape turned battleground against doubt.

Off the back of the success of their last single Slow Motion, which has almost 200,000 streams on Soundcloud, Kingdom is a mature offering from the duo. Produced by renowned Australian musician and producer Andy Bull, Kingdom comes as a welcome anthem about taking control of your own personal space. Written by the step-sisters and self-confessed BFFs, Skye

Lockwood and Beth Keough, the single is reminiscent of London Grammar, Bat for Lashes and Ellie Goulding, with effortless vocal harmonies, climactic synth swells, dramatic silences and thought-provoking lyrics. Of the release, vocalist and guitarist

Lockwood says, “Kingdom is about personal space and the challenges we face when others are invading that space in a negative way…it’s really a bit of an ‘eff you’ to anyone who has ever tried to control you or tell you what to do.”

The accompanying video for Kingdom is clean, regal and promotes a sense of strength and independence in the face of negativity. Produced by Rebecca Elliot, directed & edited by Alfonso Coronel and filmed by David Gregan, the clip depicts Auguste as modest royalty, watching over as two dancers illustrate a battle for ‘the kingdom’. Reflecting on the clip, vocalist and keyboardist Beth Keough explains, “The song is called Kingdom because of the lyric ‘this corner is my kingdom’, so there is royal imagery worked into the scenes…. we wanted the clip to evoke that feeling of ownership.”

The Adelaide-natives are thrilled to release Kingdom into the world, and this is just the beginning for the pair who are already working on their next single, with plans for an EP in the near future. In the meantime, Keough says the duo are content with the Auguste lifestyle. “We both live in Adelaide and it’s a pretty bloody good life, living close to town. It’s affordable for an artist and there is always so much to do, the creative scene is really thriving here at the moment and we both love getting out amongst it, and getting inspired by it all.”

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