Album cover artwork for Gang of YouthsAs all you good wee Gang of Youths devotees will know, the band’s upcoming third album angel in realtime. flutters in on February 25 – and the five-piece have just released the last single to drop before the record’s arrival.

Titled in the wake of your leave, the song adhere’s to the album’s chief theme of the passing of vocalist Dave Le’aupepe’s father. He says of its lyrics: “I wanted to reflect on how I became dependent on grief for solace and inspiration. The cycle from numbness to acceptance to yearning plays a role in my approach to grieving my dad’s death. As a result, most of the time, I feel a bit futile as a person.”

Much like previous single tend the garden, there’s a marked contrast between the introspective lyrics and bright instrumentation; the song features backing harmonies from the Auckland Gospel Choir, percussion from a Cook Islands drummer collective, and some typically  moving string arrangements by Tom Hobden.

Check it out below and head to JB to pre-order angel in realtime. on a bunch of formats including JB-exclusive orange vinyl.

Meanwhile, did you know they’re on tour in August?! Peep those dates below and get your tix right here.

PERTH: SAT 30 JULY 2022 @ RAC ARENA, WA
ADELAIDE: WED 3 AUG 2022 @ ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, SA
SYDNEY: SAT 6 AUG 2022 @ QUDOS BANK ARENA, NSW
MELBOURNE: FRI 12 AUG 2022 @ ROD LAVER ARENA, VIC

Read our 2017 interview with Dave Le’aupepe, all about the band’s previous album Go Farther In Lightness.

angel in realtime. by Gang of Youths is out Feb 22, including on JB-exclusive orange vinyl (pictured above), via Sony.

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