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Gang of Youths

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Poetically astute Australian indie-rock ensemble

Formed in Sydney in 2012 by long-time friends from school and church, Gang Of Youths quickly built a following through their demos and impassioned live shows. Comprised of vocalist and guitarist David Le'aupepe, lead guitarist Joji Malani, guitarist and keyboardist Jung Kim, drummer Sam O’Donnell and bassist Max Dunn, it was the 2013 release of their acclaimed single Evangelists, produced by Jack Moffit of The Preatures, that brought the quintet into the spotlight.

Gang of Youths’ rise in stature led not only to support slots on tours with Foster The People, Vampire Weekend and Frightened Rabbit, but also saw them launch their own label, Mosy Recordings.

A poetic songwriter with a penchant for hyperliterate lyrics, Le’aupepe wrote a series of songs born from difficult circumstances, as his fiancée was diagnosed with and battling lung cancer. She survived but their relationship didn’t. However, the material – representing all the emotions they went through, from defiance and hopefulness to anger and resignation – ultimately became the foundation of Gang Of Youths’ first album.

In late 2013, the band relocated to New York to record it, with O’Donnell departing in late 2014 to be replaced on drums by Donnie Borzestowski. When The Positions arrived in 2015, it debuted at No.5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was praised for its sincerity and nuance.

A year later, Gang Of Youths released Let Me Be Clear, an EP addressing similar topics of loss and heartbreak as well as boasting sweeping string arrangements.

Their sophomore album Go Farther In Lightness followed in 2017. Produced by Adrian Breakspear (Ricky Martin, Pharrell Williams), it continued the theme of empathising with those who’ve brushed up against death. Debuting at No.1 on the ARIA charts, the album went on to win four ARIA Music Awards for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Group and Producer of the Year.

Founding member Malani split from the group in 2019 to be replaced by multi-instrumentalist Tom Hobden, formerly of Noah & The Whale and a touring member of Mumford & Sons.

Having moved to London in 2020, Gang Of Youths was inspired creatively to explore new directions. In June 2021, the band unveiled the self-produced single the angel of 8th ave., which blends synth, discordant lead guitars and spoken word.

Gang Of Youths were confirmed for the line-up of All Points East on 30 August 2021.

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Gang Of Youths are in the line-up at All Points East on Monday 30 August 2021. They are also set to provide support for Sam Fender when his postponed arena tour is rescheduled.

Gang Of Youths are appearing at All Points East summer festival in London's Victoria Park.