Rock trio Augustines played to a packed Bottom of the Hill Thursday night and early Friday morning, but the show was not without its setbacks. The band, which had spent 10 hours driving between Los Angeles in San Francisco that day, much of it stuck in commute traffic in both cities. By the time they arrived, they had missed soundcheck and singer William McCarthy needed a shot to combat an illness (which he made very clearly wasn’t made any better by the In-N-Out double-double he’d eaten earlier in the day). McCarthy twice stopped the band during their second song, early career single “Chapel Song,” because he couldn’t hear audio through his monitors. While he was clearly irritated, he fought through and the band soon hit their groove. The delays, however, guaranteed a late night.
Minnesotan Cobi (formerly of Gentleman Hall) preceded Augustines with a surprisingly powerful blues and soul rock set. Locals Sea Knight opened the show with a diverse set of driving post-rock, punk and balladry.