Bootikins Out Now, On Tour in May

It's Friday February 23 2018. BOOTIKINS is out now.

And to celebrate, we're announcing a national run of shows - "BOOTIKINS" MAY TOUR.

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Augie March sets out on the road through May in support of the new album, hitting most capitals for our first run in donkeys yonks. Expect all the new but a good dose of the old from our now sprawling back catalogue. 

During May we're playing the following:

Friday 4 May  Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
Saturday 5 May  The Workers Club, Geelong VIC
Friday 11 May  The Night Cat, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 12 May  The Night Cat, Melbourne VIC
Friday 18 May  Mojo's Bar, Fremantle WA
Saturday 19 May  Mojo's Bar, Fremantle WA
Thursday 24 May  The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi QLD
Friday 25 May  The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 26 May  The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW

Special guest on all shows is the wonderful Rowena Wise. 

Tickets on sale now.



If you haven't already pre-ordered, exclusive to the Augie March shop, all BOOTIKINS CDs and LPs include a bonus sticker with the CD and an artwork print with the LP.

The album lyrics are here, and Glenn's album track by track is here.


If you missed Augie March with Myf on ABC Local Radio yesterday, you can have a listen here. Go to Thursday 22 February, and around 59 minutes into the recording. It includes live performances of When I Am Old and a Tom Petty cover, You Got Lucky.

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If you're coming along to The Velvet Room tonight, doors open at 7pm, with Augie March on stage at around 8pm. And we'll have plenty of merch available: CDs, LPs, Bootikins t-shirts, posters and books. 

 - The Good Gardener



Bootikins Preview

It's just 24 hours before the official release of BOOTIKINS.

Tuesday evening was spent adding signatures to hundreds of LPs and CDs.



Thanks to The AU Review, you can stream BOOTIKINS today in advance of the release and read Glenn's track by track of the album. Click here for more information.


If you're near a radio today, we're being interviewed and performing two songs on Myf Warhurst's Afternoon Music Show on ABC Local Radio. Tune in around 1pm today (AEDT). Details about Myf's show here.

More news soon, including Australian tour information.



New Video: When I Am Old

After teasing with a lyric clip for the last week we finally have the official version for WHEN I AM OLD, a suitably aching and beautiful vision courtesy of Sunny Leunig, his two man crew, and the always magnetic Jack Charles.

You can view some behind the scenes photos from the video shoot here.

And there's some in-studio photos from the recording of BOOTIKINS here.

Watch the BOOTIKINS album trailer below:


For those of you in Sydney, just announced is Good Saturday over Easter on March 31. It's a great lineup, with You Am I, Something For Kate, Jen Cloher, CW Stoneking and more.

Ticket details here.


- The Good Gardener



When I Am Old Tee

“Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty” which is as I would like it, sadly there are many down sides to ageing to which wisdom and viagra are but feeble and low barricades to an onslaught as assured as Death’s arrival, which, clippity clop, whirring scythe and ragged flapping robe, is close by always and It breathes heavy as the sand in the cup more empty slips, rapid ashes, down the dark funnel of dementia.  So, fools, “play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again!”   


This video will be available in tee shirt. My extremely solid fx will only be available to oncoming traffic young people on acid who have noticed your tee shirt, or to you when you get home less 20 years off your life from one of our draining and life changing gigs, and unable to focus on your usual vain mirror check before you collapse into your cheap bed and worry about when you are old. Sleep in it, wear it the next day.  It’s metal, it comes from real shit.

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We're playing the new album in full for the first ever occasion on album release day, Friday 23 February 2018, at the Velvet Room at Thornbury Theatre. The audience will have the opportunity to watch and listen up close as we road test this set of challenging and diverse material, and there's sure to be a good deal of high level tinkering going on. Not to mention low level chat. Final tickets available here.


 - The Good Gardener



Fake Jive

After shocking the establishment with the classical graffiti cum art naif explosion that was the Bootikins Lyric Video, then showing the chardonnay pashing ‘videographers’ of inner city latte Australia how to rock a studio clip with twelve old devices and a MacBook Pro for the Bootikins Official Clip, maverick arsehole and auteur of Truth, GA Richards returns with a crazy beautiful meditation on all things hippocampus. Behold the new lyric video for the album track "Fake Jive". Roll in your grave Brubeck, but also you Desmond because hardly anyone knows it was yours, hahahaaaaa.  



Bootikins Artwork

Matt Dunn is a very accomplished multi media artist who approached Glenn some time ago to contribute some music to a long term project which is still in the works.  Glenn said “of course, but first you have to do an album cover for me”.  Matt did that and more,  while Glenn has yet to present Matt with a single note of music.  

The following is a fraction of the back and forth which will give some insight to how much goes into every aspect of making a music record within the cottage industries.

Continue reading here.

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Bootikins Official Video

Owing to a very late collapse of a planned video project we had to take it on ourselves to make the clip with a variety of devices ranging from a decent dslr through various generations of iPhone and iPad, to a couple of ancient pc webcams, all gaffa taped around the Sound Park studio room where much of the album, including the Bootikins track, was recorded.  Being so late in the game there were issues of attendance which led to some continuity problems we had to ingeniously overcome by hoping nobody would really notice.  Glenn took the various data home with him to Hobart and worked night and day to make a rough hewn, slightly psychedelic cut that, nonetheless, captures the band at somewhere very near the early stage of a studio tape recording.  



"I am Caligula...No I am Caligula...No, I am Caligula"

Greetings. We’re back for more punishment. 2017 was a terrible year, most people will acknowledge that and are, or should be, setting their visors appropriately for 2018. Just keep your eyes to the ground and you might find a dollar. Or maybe a discarded copy of our NEW ALBUM! Or, you might be thinking you’ve just bought a copy of Tayla’s new one, or maybe a nice little cake from Brunettis after navigating the prams and the grossly bulging cyclists, but in neither case were you correct because instead you bought a copy of our NEW ALBUM!  Which was made in the awful year of 2017. Let that sink in. What a bad year. Full of bad people doing bad things. I’ve been one of them, one of those bad people. If not in my actions then certainly in my thoughts. And in my actions. But in my thoughts I’ve gone beyond what I see myself ever actually doing, which is not unusual, it’s part of having a healthy imagination. If you’re a sociopath. Or, if you’re trying to write a NEW ALBUM! Which, being a sociopath, I went and did, again, even after so many tries at it before, and knowing full well what it would do to everybody involved. Even you. Accidental owner of our NEW ALBUM!
Right there in the swill of 2017 I cranked my four track recorder, lemon spritzed my Caballero, put the metaphorical bull to the knife and asked the questions again. And the answers duly came, they swum up to me and variously oinked, quacked, simpered, barked viciously, different voices but the same language, “make us Glenn, make us into the world, into the year of 2017, we will make you too Glenn, we will lift you and bear you on the swill current back into the premature summer so quick you won’t discern the addled jasmine from the early onset pond rot…and we will become you Glenn, and tell the stories you were too afraid to tell, hahahahahaha, WE ARE BOOTIKINS, WE ARE YOUR…” new album.  


Why use Bootikins for a title? Well, apart from its promise of all things brutal and aggressive, which are after all our traditional stylistic weapons of choice, I found that I was writing a lot of songs with a narrative voice that belonged to the more corrupt, venal, ambitious and callous incarnations of my character. Deliberately I was mining the misanthropic and the resigned, the “worn out man” in me next to the ambitious, energetic grafter in me. For better or worse this collection is peopled with angry, uncertain, trapped shades, Manes, from the Ancient Roman - they will become worse the more love they have for inflicting injury. They fear and desire youth because they are not young, they rail against death only because it refuses to claim them entirely. Grown arch and cynical because in truth they cannot cope. 

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On to the back story to the recording. A fair bit was done piecemeal like the last one, between Melbourne and Hobart and whatever houses and sheds opened their doors in between. Several were begun as four track demos in Hobart, did the rounds in Melbourne, then found themselves back in Hobart for overdubs. But a good chunk we also made like a proper band, in a great, dirty, old fashioned studio, to a gorgeous old 2 inch tape machine, live and kicking. And what made this already rare and special experience a thousand times more special was the unexpected emergence from retirement of the legendary, sadly now passed, Tony Cohen who wanted to make good on a promise to himself that he’d one day do something with our band. This was news, amazing news, to us, and it still amazes me that we got a chance to work with the man. The moments are ours and we will cherish them, it only suffices to say he got us feeling like, and playing like a real band again after a long interim, and we made some very good music together.


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The album BOOTIKINS will be released on February 23 2018. You can pre-order on CD and LP here. Exclusive to the Augie March shop, all pre-ordered CDs and LPs will be signed by the band. And there is a bonus sticker with the CD and an artwork print with the LP.

BOOTIKINS is the first single - watch the lyric video:

Read the BOOTIKINS lyrics here and the full bio is here.


We'll play the new album in full for the first ever occasion on album release day, Friday 23 February 2018, at the Velvet Room at Thornbury Theatre. The audience will have the opportunity to watch and listen up close as we road test this set of challenging and diverse material, and there's sure to be a good deal of high level tinkering going on. Not to mention low level chat. Limited tickets available here.


- The Good Gardener



Leaps & Bounds


Yarra City Council is excited to announce the launch of the fifth annual Leaps and Bounds Music Festival opening Thursday 13 July featuring Augie March, Jess Ribeiro and The Pink Tiles plus a very special guest to perform Paul Kelly’s ‘Leaps & Bounds’.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2017
Opening Night featuring Augie March, Jess Ribeiro and The Pink Tiles + mystery special guest to perform Paul Kelly’s ‘Leaps & Bounds’
Thursday 13 July
The Corner Hotel, Richmond VIC
Doors: 7.30pm

Tickets on sale now
$30 +BF from Corner Hotel

 - The Good Gardener



Record Store Day - April 16 2016

Well...after many years and quite a few false starts, our first four albums are to see the light of day on vinyl. Finally.

That's right, 'Sunset Studies', 'Strange Bird', 'Moo, You Bloody Choir' and 'Watch Me Disappear' are very soon to be released on vinyl. The first three are double albums housed in gatefold sleeves, while 'WMD' is a single LP.

The release date is Saturday April 16 - as part of Record Store Day. For those of you in Australia, you can try your local independent record store - or, if you prefer, you can order online now via Readings, who are offering a 20% discount on all vinyl sold throughout April. They will post it out to you on Monday 18 April.

Touring plans? There is discussion about some shows later in the year - we'll keep you updated as soon as plans are finalised.

 - The Good Gardener 




Thanks to everyone who came to the recent shows. Hopefully we’ll get back to a few places and visit a few new ones soon but there’s no concrete plans yet.

If you are based inside or outside of Australia and keen to stay in touch please make sure you join the mailing list.

If you are interested in reading/talking any and all things Augie March there’s a fan-run forum on Facebook here



Melbourne This Friday, Bendigo Venue Change


Augie March return to the live stage in Melbourne this Friday 17 April at the fabulous Melbourne Recital Centre. 

The band have been preparing specifically for this venue and the show will include songs not played live since before the hiatus (and in some cases, well before the hiatus). The Arnold Horns will be joining in, and special guest on the night is Fraser A Gorman. 

Tickets are available here.


The band are also playing in Bendigo this Thursday 16 April, originally as part of opening celebrations for the new Ulumbarra Theatre. However the refurbishment works have not quite been completed in time so the show will now take place at The Capital (50 View St Bendigo). Tickets purchased for Ulumbarra are valid for corresponding seats at The Capital, any queries can be directed to the Box Office on 03 54346100. Apologies for the inconvenience here but this was not within our control.

Tickets for the show are available here. The band is looking forward to getting back to Bendigo for the first time in over six years.


And! Also finally returning to Brisbane after a six year gap, Augies play The Triffid on Thursday 30 April, and are happy to say the wonderful Mosman Alder have accepted their invitation to play on the night.

Tickets for this are available here.


 - The Good Gardener

Thu 16 April 2015 | THE CAPITAL | Bendigo | TICKETS | with Steve Lane & Jimmy Williams
Fri 17 April 2015 | MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE | Melbourne | TICKETS | with Fraser A Gorman
Thu 30 April 2015 | THE TRIFFID | Brisbane | TICKETS | with Mosman Alder
Fri 1 May 2015 | TANKS ARTS CENTRE | Cairns | TICKETS ph: 1300855835 | with King Pig



More shows, Never Been Sad video, Adam and Dave

A Few things. ‘Never Been Sad’ video is below. But first…


Continuing our elongated National Tour / lap of luxury...
Looking forward to playing in Adelaide and Perth next.


Fri 27 March 2015 | HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE | Adelaide BUY TICKETS


Sat 28 March 2015 | ASTOR THEATRE | Perth BUY TICKETS

There are still good seats left in both theatres. We are not sure how long it will be before the band gets back to play in either city after these shows, so we are hoping to see everyone this time round, and play some good long sets.

After that there’s Bluesfest, Bendigo, Melbourne Recital Centre (selling fast), Brisbane, Cairns and Caboolture. 

Fri 27 March 2015 | HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE | Adelaide TICKETS

Sat 28 March 2015 | ASTOR THEATRE | Perth TICKETS

Thu 2 April 2015 | BLUESFEST | Byron Bay TICKETS

Thu 16 April 2015 | THE CAPITAL | Bendigo TICKETS

Fri 17 April 2015 | MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE | Melbourne+ Fraser A. Gorman TICKETS

Thu 30 April 2015 | THE TRIFFID | Brisbane TICKETS 

Fri 1 May 2015 | TANKS ARTS CENTRE | Cairns TICKETS ph: 1300855835



“Lissome Pete, Angelica apple cheek, ever the inheritors, you don't strike as mild or meek

Just a genre, fodder, no canon, you read like a dunny wall I don't want to read at all...”

The video for ‘Never Been Sad’ from Havens Dumb sees the band working again with Ben Saunders, who made the wonderful clips for 'The Vineyard', 'Little Wonder', 'The Cold Acre' and 'One Crowded Hour'.
The Guardian is hosting it as an exclusive, you can view it here.
The video was shot on the green fields of a farm in Victoria and features ‘the kids of Jan Juc'. As for the song itself, here’s what Glenn says about its conception:

"Grumpy old man song probably had its first flash in the sun-drenched courtyard of Preachers bar in Battery Point, surrounded by perky Young Liberals who were just beginning to scent the winds of change to come, fresh loads of premium Sandy Bay manure in preparation for dumping over the existing desiccated turd puzzle. The insidious are always so very nice at the first meeting. In that ozonic (not yet animalic) field, dazed by early afternoon red beer and the sensory marina of interchangeable Calvin Klein aquatics, this pretty misery guts of a tune had its divine spark flinted.”


Recently Adam and Dave hosted a show on Double J for a full hour playing songs from Melbourne and beyond. To hear the sort of rapport that only comes with a lifetime of repartee, go here.

See you round
 - The Good Gardener 



National Tour

At some of the very finest live performance spaces on the planet, from the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre to Hobart’s MONA to the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, from the peerless Melbourne Recital Centre to Adelaide’s majestic Her Majesty’s Theatre… from the wonderful Astor Theatre in Perth… to Brisbane’s great new live space The Triffid, to the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo and our old friend Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns: Glenn, Kiernan, Edmondo, Adam and Dave, plus The Arnold Horns at most shows – will play special one-night-only concerts featuring songs from right throughout their 17-year definitive history.

All the various ticket details are here, but note, many of these shows are on sale right now...


Thu 1 January 2015 | MONA | Hobart

Sydney Opera House Presents    Sun 25 January 2015 | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Concert Hall | Sydney

Fri 27 March 2015 | HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE | Adelaide

Sat 28 March 2015 | ASTOR THEATRE | Perth

Thu 16 April 2015 | ULUMBARRA THEATRE | Bendigo
                 TICKETS from Fri 5 December

Fri 17 April 2015 | MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE | Melbourne
+ Fraser A. Gorman

Thu 30 April 2015 | THE TRIFFID | Brisbane
Fri 1 May 2015 | TANKS ARTS CENTRE | Cairns
TICKETS ph: 1300855835

Sat 2 May 2015 | URBAN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL | Caboolture
  TICKETS from Mon 1 December

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

- The Good Gardener



Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbournites, Victorians, Interstate and International Guests: following on from yesterday’s announcement of a one-off concert at the Sydney Opera House, the band are now very proud to announce that on Friday 17 April 2015, they will play for one night only at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Very spectacular guest is Fraser A. Gorman and tickets are $60 ($55 Concession).

The Melbourne Recital Centre is one of the finest acoustic spaces in the Southern Hemisphere, a world-class performance facility designed and built specifically to be the best possible place to hear live music.

Glenn, Kiernan, Edmondo, Adam and Dave, plus The Arnold Horns, will play a special concert featuring songs from throughout their 18-year career.

For a band that create rare sounds on a regular basis, and take great care to get their wonderful songs just how they would like them, this concert at the Recital Centre promises to be one for the ages.

Again, we will have more news about some more shows around the country very soon.

- The Good Gardener



Sydney Opera House

So. The Howler shows went so very very well that the band are keen to play some more shows.

Where better to start than the island continent’s most iconic building?

On Sunday 25 January – Australia Day Eve – Augie March will play the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Edmondo, Kiernan, Adam, Glenn and Dave plus long-time brass alumni The Arnold Horns will play a one-night-only concert featuring songs from throughout their 18-year career.

It is particularly fitting that they do so on Australia Day Eve – with the Havens Dumb cover art featuring a wonky Australia, and some of the lyrical content about the wide brown land and how she is faring, especially the album’s cornerstone track, Definitive History.

Should be pretty great!

Tickets are $59 +bf and available from 9am Friday 28 November via this link:

Here’s what the Opera House says about the Concert Hall:

Experience the most extraordinary performance space on earth.
With its grand setting, gorgeous wooden panelling and cathedral-like ambience, the world-renowned Concert Hall is the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House’s most prestigious and majestic space.
The largest of all Sydney Opera House interior venues, it delivers outstanding acoustics derived from its high vaulted ceiling and white birch timber and brush box panelling.


Also, there will be more news coming about shows in other parts of Australia.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Howler shows, or has bought the album.

- The Good Gardener



Sydney Opera House Photography credit: Jack Atley and Sydney Opera House Trust



Special Guests for First Shows Back at Howler

Havens Dumb is out. If you have a copy, we hope you are enjoying it. The reviews have been terrific, but then, is it really possible to fully take in an Augie album in a week or two? Maybe it takes a year? Or five?
Anyways, the band are grateful and enthused by all the positive feedback.


The Howler shows are nearly upon us. The band are busy rehearsing and working out which songs will make the set each night - you can have your say here.

And... we now have Special Guests for each of the five shows: Oliver MannJess CorneliusJae Laffer (The Panics), Jen Cloher and Fraser A. Gorman.
Tickets for the first three shows are sold out, there’s a handful left for the Saturday night, and they are selling fast for the Sunday night.

Augie March - First Shows Back – Howler Brunswick

WEDS 29 OCT HOWLER - with Special Guest Oliver Mann (SOLD OUT)
THUR 30 OCT HOWLER - with Special Guest Jess Cornelius (SOLD OUT)
FRI 31 OCT HOWLER – with Special Guest Jae Laffer (SOLD OUT)
SAT 1 NOV HOWLER – with special Guest Jen Cloher (SELLING FAST)

SUN 2 NOV HOWLER - with special guest Fraser A. Gorman (SELLING FAST)

Augie March also play at Meeniyan Town Hall on Saturday 25 October. Ticket details here.
Augie March are playing in Hobart on New Year’s Day: Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is presenting a New Year’s Day 2015 concert with Violent Femmes, Augie March and Ben Salter. Tickets from from
Here is the video for A Dog Starved.
And here are some pics Edmondo took at the video shoot.

The 2LP vinyl finally arrived from Europe a week or two late and they all got sent yesterday – so if you ordered a copy on vinyl, it's on its way – sorry for the delay (we ordered it on time I might add). You can order it here.

Thanks, see you at a show?

 - The Good Gardener



Havens Dumb News

Havens Dumb is released this Friday 3 October.

You can pre-order the album on iTunes here
Havens Dumb is also available on Limited Edition soft-pack CD and also 2LP vinyl - order here.

The band are playing a very special premiere live performance of tracks from the album, 8:30pm AEST this Thursday 2 October - the night before release - on RRR’s The Australian Mood show, hosted by Neil Rogers. Listen via 102.7FM or online via

"Any cursory examination of the local music scene will inevitably lead you to the conclusion that Augie March are one of our finest bands. The fact that they are previewing songs from their new album on my program is both an honour and a privilege!"  - Neil Rogers - The Australian Mood, 3RRR 102.7FM

Double J have made Havens Dumb their feature album this week. On Wednesday 1 October from 2pm they will be playing the whole album from start to finish. To listen go here at that time.

The first three Howler shows are sold out, and the fourth and fifth are going fast. There are still some tickets available for the Saturday night and the Sunday night here:

The Weekend Australian ran a feature interview with Glenn on the weekend - it's here.

Warm regards,

 - The Good Gardener


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A new song from Havens Dumb

The third song to be released before Havens Dumb comes out on October 3, “A Dog Starved” was a track that arrived late in the recording process:

“Blake, Manley Hopkins and Dylan Thomas all vie for the pedant’s ear in this power pop excursion, not to mention Big Star, XTC and maybe more recently, via XTC, Field Music. For all that heavyweight arty dick swinging it was from a dearth of brawn and a surplus of brain in evidence at what I’d mistakenly thought was the end of the project that “A Dog...” came, tail wagging. It became hurtfully clear that it was for me to go back into the pit and swing a little harder at the face, maybe even shirt off this time, do the shale dance into the hard rock. I wielded my brother’s old red hollow Silvertone and got some nice tones. Four days of basic tracking later we had four new songs, including this one."  - Glenn Richards

"A Dog Starved" is available via iTunes from September 12, 2014.


Havens Dumb is out October 3, 2014 on Dark Satanic Records via Caroline. To pre-order the album on double-LP vinyl, CD or digital, click here.

The CD comes with a signed print of the original handwritten lyrics to one of the songs on the album. The vinyl comes with a download card. And there’s a Deluxe Digital version with three extra tracks.


The first three shows are sold out, and the fourth (Saturday) and fifth (Sunday) shows are selling fast.




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Yes the band are hoping to get to every city and town that wants them to play, but for now, this is all there is.

Give it all away, baby give it all away...

- The Good Gardener

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