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Daniel Layus (AUGUSTANA) on his latest release: ‘Life Imitating Life’

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Daniel Layus (AUGUSTANA) on his latest release: ‘Life Imitating Life’

There’s something so special about an artist that can bring light into your life just by sharing his talent with you. When you listen to Life Imitating Life, Daniel Layus’ first mostly solo effort under the moniker of Augustana, you can feel the lightness that can only come from songs that reflect an honest and authentic songwriter.

Unlike a lot of bands, Augustana got pretty big pretty fast early on in their career. Their debut record, All The Stars and Boulevards, quickly climbed the charts as their hit single, “Boston” played on radio stations across the country. Now that Daniel is the only founding member left, he’s been able to reflect and grow from the experience and get comfortable with who he is and what he wants from his career.

Back to basics: frontman Dan Layus explains Augustana’s fresh approach to their new record

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Back to basics: frontman Dan Layus explains Augustana’s fresh approach to their new record

With two successful albums under their belts, Augustana wanted to move in a different direction for their third full-length record. “The original idea, when we got the green light to record, was to try and do something that we never had a chance to do before,” frontman Dan Layus explained, “…we had this fresh batch of songs that we were really excited about and we wanted to just get as close to a live recording as possible with just a couple of over-dubs.”

The result is an organic, raw rock album with a sound that is undeniably Americana and pulls from some of the band’s influences like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. “We’ve certainly always been influenced by that – but I think it just took a couple of records and a couple of years for that to finally, I feel like, appropriately manifest itself onto a record.”