Multi-cultural indie rock powerhouse Gang of Youths have returned with the brand new single ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’
The track is the band’s first new music since the release of their second studio album Go Farther in Lightness back in 2017. In the time between releases, the band uprooted themselves from their former home base of Sydney, Australia, and now are based primarily in London.
The statement from lead singer David Le’aupepe regarding the song is succinct: “It’s about falling in love, and finding a new life in a new city together,” he said. Le’aupepe’s vocal takes the form of a detached croon, landing somewhere in between Ian Curtis and Iggy Pop as he intones surprisingly straightforward and heartfelt lines like: “I wanna lay me down/and be lover of the year.”
The rest of them create a driving, insistent backing track full of pulse-pounding rhythms and walls of distorted guitars. In the time between releases, the band saw a shake-up with guitarist Joji Malani departing the group back in 2019. New guitarist/keyboardist Tom Hobden and founding guitarist/keyboardist Jung Kim certainly pick up the slack, layering in acoustic and electric guitar textures that alternate between spacey accompaniment and full-throttle attack.
‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ is described in the band’s press release as “the first chapter of [a] new era.” Hopefully, that means ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ is indicative of a new album on the horizon, but as of right now we don’t have a title, release date, or confirmation of activity outside of ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ That’s OK, though, because the band’s latest single is strong enough to hold any fan over until we get more solid information.
What we do know is that the band is set to play All Points East in London in August. We also know that Gang of Youths are set to accompany Sam Fender on his UK arena tour that is currently being rescheduled. Be sure to keep an eye out for when Gang of Youths might storm your local arena.
Check out the video for ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ down below.