Gang Of Youths Share “the angel of 8th ave.”

Having relocated from Australia to the U.K., rock band Gang Of Youths have redefined their creative process and evolved their sound as they look to make their boldest statement to date. Today they release “the angel of 8th ave.”, the first song to come out of that new process.

“the angel of 8th ave.” is a striking step forward for the band, following the success of the 2017 LP Go Farther In Lightness, as they embark upon the most vital phase of their career so far. This time they’re channeling the musical lineage of their new life in London, drawing on the hypnotic, motorik grooves of Joy Division and the luminous synths that embody classic New Order. It’s an utterly assured evolution of the ambitious, transformative power of music that they have become renowned for.

The song also represents a shift in Dave Le’aupepe’s lyrical approach. Now his focus falls on exposing the beauty and elegance of conversational language in a song about the grandest of emotions. Simultaneously, it is still both poetic and intensely real. His opening words hone sharply in on a moment that changed the direction of his life, while the spectre of death conversely provides a glimpse of a brighter future.

He says, “It’s about falling in love, and finding a new life in a new city together.”