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.
Having since given up their day jobs to throw their all into the band, they began laying the blueprint for the next chapter of their lives, showing no signs of slowing down at all.
Part of that was launching their record label internationally, seeking to recreate the precious autonomy that’d paid off so richly with THE POSITIONS. Another was relocating to London to find a permanent home for the band as a unit. Having spent the past few years shuffling between Australia, the US, and the UK, their hand was forced when keyboardist Jung Kim’s Australian visa was cancelled, and rather than split the group across continents, they chose to embark together on northern soil.
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.
In May 2018 they announced the Australian ‘Say Yes To Life Tour’. The tour went on sell over 50,000 tickets across Australia, and broke the record for the highest consecutive shows sold out at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne (8). The tour included the launch of their very own festival ‘A More Perfect Union’ in Brisbane which sold 8,000 tickets in 30 mins.
The band went on to undertake extensive international touring across Norther America and Europe, including festival appearance at Rock Werchter, Mad Cool, Pinkpop, Austin City Limits, Boston Calling, plus arena tours with Foo Fighters and Mumford and Sons. The Australian album cycle was capped off with a triumphant headline slot St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.