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.
Marking the start of their new lives, Gang of Youths release in 2017 their sophomore album entitled GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS, 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 debut at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart, and was nominated for 8 ARIA Awards, with the band taking home 4 awards on the night.
GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS bears the scars of the band’s painful history, flashing their wounds with the same candor as debut album THE POSITIONS but seeking to draw new lessons from their struggle to endure.
Attempting to compartmentalise the past five years into 17 tracks is no mean feat, but the band come away with songs which encourage listeners to persevere as they’ve tried to, empathising with those who’ve brushed up against death, suffering and loss every step of the way.