One To Watch :: Gang Of Youths
April 11th 2013
Originally published in Time Out
A new gang is on the loose in Sydney. They’re not what you’re expecting.
Behind a veil of all-caps communications, blacked-out eyes and playful anonymity – antics you might expect from a punk crew or dirty beatsmith – this gang is something else. These are kids with guitars, keys and heart-full-to-burst melodies. If Springsteen was a teenager in 2013, he may well have started out in Gang of Youths.
A self-started rumour has it that the five-piece met in evangelical Christian camps, “where all quietly frustrated sons of iniquity come together and plot their own inevitable descent into madness.” With origins scattered between Chicago, New Zealand, Sydney’s eastern suburbs and inner city, it’s not far-fetched to think a higher power brought them together.
Single Riverlands is a rough, sodden piano ballad – somehow both raw and smooth. Filled with the sincerity of youth but anchored by classic rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia, Gang Of Youths are hungry, and it’s contagious.
WHAT: Gang of Youths + Civilians + Elliot The Bull + Love Parade
WHERE: The Standard
WHEN: Saturday 13 April
HOW MUCH: $10 + bf from moshtix
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