Video of the Moment #2420: Gang of Youths

By on Thursday, 10th August 2017 at 6:00 pm

I saw Aussies Gang of Youths live last summer here in DC, and they didn’t disappoint. I’m really pleased to hear that they will be releasing a second album, ‘Go Farther In Lightness’, this autumn. To drum up interest in the forthcoming LP, they’ve released this week a really nice video for a single taken from the record. Here’s what frontman Dave Le’aupepe had to say about the making of ‘The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows’:

“This song came about after I struggled with writer’s block for a year, barely managing to etch out more than a single verse of something awful the whole time. I was walking home across the Brooklyn Bridge one night, questioning my place in the world, contemplating giving up music and doing something more substantial. I sort of felt that I wasn’t doing anything that actually mattered. But I looked out at the skyline, all silvery and strange and in typical self-indulged frontman fashion, I began to revel in this moment of abandon, of self-hate. As a result, I think I stumbled across a kind life-affirming axiom; that in a cosmos potentially absent of meaning, and an existence devoid of objective value, I have an opportunity to invent my own meaning. We all do. We can ascribe meaning and value to our own lives and in a way, attribute great esteem and value to each other as a result.

All of us as adults, from youth to old age are drunk, stumbling around in the dark looking for a kebab. I’m scared and unsure, and I want to acknowledge this rather than repress it, or allow cynics to denigrate me because of it. So the song is about becoming more human, more aware and I guess in a way, more alive.”

Watch the video for ‘The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows’ below. ‘Go Farther In Lightness’ will be available from Mosy Recordings / The Orchard later this year.

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