The holiness of love, the chaos and rapture of surviving against all odds, these are what drive Gang of Youths. 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.
Debuting in 2013 with smouldering single “‘Evangelists”’, they were met with instant radio play and praise. Only just out of high school, Le’aupepe was already planning to marry his girlfriend, settle down, and leave his dreams of music behind, but the band’s first brush with recognition suggested there could be more to life than the path that had seemed so obviously laid before him.
Le’aupepe’s soon-to-be wife was diagnosed with lung cancer after a melanoma on her ear metastasized. Out of all that trauma and regret, Gang of Youths drew THE POSITIONS which was praised worldwide for its sincerity and nuance, blending the melodrama of rock’s greatest traditions with piercing, hyperliterate lyrics.
Marking the start of their new lives, Gang Of Youths released their highly anticipated sophomore album GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS in 2017, 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.