The holiness of love, the chaos and rapture of surviving against all odds, these are what drive Gang of Youths. A five piece from Sydney founded in the confines of their religious youth, enchanted by the spectacle of worship and deliverance, it’s no wonder their music burns with the desperation of apocalypse. With singer Dave Le’aupepe’s lyrics drawn from some of the most miserable life experiences available to humanity, and the band’s music taking cues from rock history’s most ambitious and theatrical preachers, Gang Of Youths drag the beauty out of everything from hell to high heaven.
Debuting in 2013 with smouldering single “‘Evangelists”’, they were met with instant radio play and praise. Only just out of high school, Le’aupepe was already planning to marry his girlfriend, settle down, and leave his dreams of music behind, but the band’s first brush with recognition suggested there could be more to life than the path that had seemed so obviously laid before him. Things moved quickly: the band started their own record label, Mosy Recordings, and got snatched up for really great support slots. But as soon as the band let themselves get their hopes up, Le’aupepe would begin the worst period of his life.
Le’aupepe’s soon-to-be wife was diagnosed with lung cancer after a melanoma on her ear metastasized. Out of all that trauma and regret, Gang of Youths drew THE POSITIONS which was praised worldwide for its sincerity and nuance, blending the melodrama of rock’s greatest traditions with piercing, hyperliterate lyrics.
Marking the start of their new lives, Gang Of Youths released their highly anticipated sophomore album GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS in 2017, a nod towards the optimism and kindness the band have found by surviving their various ordeals, this new record continues the work that has already so indelibly imprinted on fans across the world.
The album was received with great critical acclaim, debuting at #1 on the ARIA Charts and securing triple j’s feature album. The colossal year continued for the band, taking out a total of four 2017 ARIA Awards for GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS, including Best Group, Best Rock Album, Producer Of The Year and the prestigious Apple Music Album Of The Year, cementing their status as one of Australia’s leading rock bands.
The 2018 account for Gang Of Youths opened up with three tracks from GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS charting in the Top 10 of triple j’s Hottest 100, making them the third act to reach this achievement in Hottest 100 history. “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?” was voted #10, “The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows” reached #5, and “Let Me Down Easy” hitting #2. Gang Of Youths’ Like A Version of The Middle Easts’ “Blood” also made it into the countdown, sitting at #41.