A few weeks ago, Gang of Youths set up a 1800 number which fans could call to hear a sliver of the band’s first new music in four years. This morning the rock titans have officially released the whole thing: behold, the audio and clip for sure-to-be-smash single The Angel Of 8th Ave.
Frontman Dave Le’aupepe and the rest of the Sydney-born, London-residing group are gearing up to release their third album, which comes after 2017’s multi-ARIA-winning #1 record Go Farther In Lightness (our review of which you can read here, and while you’re blissing out why not read our expansive interview with Le’aupepe right here), and their ARIA-nommed debut The Positions, from 2015.
The five-piece have been based in London since late 2017, and prior to recording The Angel Of 8th Ave they also secured their own studio in Hackney – a massive turning point for expanding their sonic scope. Bassist Max Dunn says: “It’s life-changing; you can come in and try and a random instrument on a random part for four hours on your own, and you’re not wasting an engineer’s time or costing the band money.”
In terms of which direction the music has moved in, there’s this revealing quote from Le’aupepe: “Instead of trying to play to every seat in the house, I realised I wanted to play for an audience of one. I spent so much of my early twenties giving too much of a f-ck about what people thought… Lyrically, I used to [want] to be all grandiose and romantic: big f-cking sweeping fields of Bruce Springsteen-isms and Nick Cave. Now I want to put beauty to the nothingness of most conversations.”
Listen to (and watch) The Angel Of 8th Ave below, and look out for more album info.