After last being seen on these shores for a heavily attended run of dates in May, Sydney's Gang of Youths today announce news of a tour for October, where they'll take in their biggest UK show to date, with a night at Camden's Electric Ballroom. All upcoming shows can be found below, with tickets available now.
Alongside news of the upcoming tour, the band can share 'Keep Me in the Open', a track from their soon to be released second full length Go Farther in Lightness. The slow burner follows recent singles What Can I Do if the Fire Goes Out?, Let Me Down Easy and Atlas Drowned.
Following on from their critically acclaimed album The Positions, Gang of Youths are now set to release their second studio album, Go Farther in Lightness
Gang of Youths frontman Dave Le'aupepe explains the album in his own words;
"Go Farther in Lightness is my healing record. I suppose it’s my attempt of making sense of the world, and to some effect, my attempt to make the lessons I’ve learned from my heroes, my favourite texts, my friends and from my short time on earth readily accessible and available to you. So, Go Farther in Lightness is about being a real life human being. With all our self-loathing, hopes, anxieties, sorrows and joys. It is about not knowing what the fuck I’m doing, but having a good ol’ stab at it anyways. It is about demonstrating empathy, overthinking metaphysics and, at the risk of seeming overly trite, embracing humanness in myself and those around me in the here and now.
No, I don’t believe that we are cool, nor do we clothe ourselves in ornaments of what is currently in vogue re: indie rock in 2017. We are not predominantly white, middle-class progressives producing music self-aware and effete — nor are we making a new fetishised brand of garage punk. We’re something of an in-between, I think. Not cool, but not totally garish and awkward, attempting to make music about, and for the forgotten people whom like us, have always had trouble finding a place.
What I do believe however, is that music that is geared toward connecting with all people on a human level, and bypassing bullshitty, arbitrary ephemera is making a cultural return in some way. Maybe it never left, and I’m playing the dumb card. But I hope that Go Farther In Lightness is part of this new sincere in some way. Because it means a lot to me, and to us and I hope it finds its way into the hearts of you who would dare to let go of your cynicism for an hour and a half."
Gang of Youths - Go Farther in Lightness // Mosy Recordings / The Orchard
1. Fear and Trembling
2. What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?
3. Atlas Drowned
4. Keep Me in the Open
6. Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
7. Go Farther in Lightness
8. Achilles Come Down
10. Le Symbolique
11. Let Me Down Easy
12. The Heart is a Muscle
13. Le Reel
14. The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows
15. Our Time is Short
16. Say Yes to Life
To support the upcoming release of Go Farther in Lightness, the band will be performing on the following dates, with all tickets available now.
Upcoming UK dates:
Oct 15th | Exchange, Bristol
Oct 16th | Headrow House, Leeds
Oct 17th | Stereo, Glasgow
Oct 18th | Gullivers, Manchester
Oct 19th | Electric Ballroom, London