Bootikins“Have you read the poets lately?” singer Glenn Richards asks in Fake Jive, the opening cut on Augie March’s sixth studio album.

Augie March are an Australian band like no other, delivering their own quixotic brand of literate rock, talking pop and poetry. I mean, which other local act would serve up song titles such as Mephistopheles Perverted and I Woke Up In Borgolombardo? Producer Tony Cohen – the godfather of Australian alternative rock – came out of retirement to produce this album, recording in Hobart and Melbourne. Sadly, he died before it could be finished – but the strength of these songs is a fitting tribute.

Bootikins is out February 23 via Caroline.

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