Returning to the MMVAF amphitheatre for the second time in just three years is one of the fastest-growing phenomenons in Australia, Sydney’s Gang Of Youths.
MMVAF was lucky enough to pick up the outfit in our very first year right off the back of the release of ‘The Positions’. It was early days for this release by the Sydney rockers, but they stirred the audience into a frenzy with a degree of skill and stage presence far beyond their years. It was an afternoon slot but delivered with headliner intensity.
Initially formed as a hobby project in mid 2012 by then 20-year-old frontman David Le'aupepe, it wasn’t long before fans and critics alike quickly recognised Gang Of Youths for reaching enviable milestones that few bands would expect from their year of infancy.
In 2015 after blowing away triple j audiences with their powerful ‘Like A version’ rendition of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’ and following an 18 month creative tour-de-force which saw the band reintroduce themselves to the world with singles ‘Poison Drum’ & ‘Radioface’, Gang Of Youths released their critically acclaimed debut album The Positions by storming the Australian ARIA charts with a #5 debut.
With a sold out national tour, top 5 debut on the ARIA charts, triple j feature album, FBi album of the week and glowing reviews from respected publications such as Rolling Stone, RIP IT UP, Tone Deaf, Neon Gold, The Music, FasterLouder & The Guardian (among numerous others), 2015 for Gang Of Youths was one of biggest years experienced by an Australian artist in recent memory.
The anticipation for album number 2 grows and it feels a little like history repeating for MMVAF 2017. ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ is due out mid August and we will be the first stop of the supporting tour. Their heroic energy and signature brooding style will create a simmering, all-inclusive experience that will leave you captivated right until the final strain of frontman David Le’aupepe’s dulcet voice.