Heartland rockers Augustana have often been compared to Coldplay or Keane, with a bit of mid-‘90s alternative throwback for good measure - but you probably first heard them on the soundtrack to one of your favorite TV shows. The band, formed in Illinois in 2002 by singer and keyboardist Dan Layus and guitarist Josiah Rosen (who departed in 2006), started out by re-recording the song "More than a Love Song" which Dan had written for his high school girlfriend while living in California. The duo later moved to Los Angeles to round out their band and sign with Epic Records. Their major label debut, All the Stars and Boulevards, gained attention with the single “Boston” that appeared on television shows like Scrubs, Smallville and One Tree Hill.
The band’s sound has evolved into a rootsy, anthemic one; Billboard calls it “the ‘Americana/Petty/Springsteen vibe’ emerging in Layus' songwriting” that’s won over music supervisors of hit shows across the nation. As a matter of fact, the band’s manager Rich Egan once claimed that Augustana may be his most licensed client, with songs appearing continuously on One Tree Hill, as well as Numb3rs, General Hospital, Private Practice, and Friday Night Lights.
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