At this point, if you love rock n roll and you haven’t seen Australia’s Gang of Youths, you’re just fucking up.
They were at The Roxy for two nights last weekend and did their usual magic trick — raised the hairs on everyone’s arms with their emotionally-driven rock and charisma. Though it’s been two years since the release of their landmark record Go Farther in Lightness, the songs still feel fresh as hell.
Lead singer David Le’aupepe has Big Frontman Energy that most frontmen can only dream of. Try listening to “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?” without feeling something. Try. I dare you. It’s Springsteen for millennials.
I’m holding out hope that we get some new tunes from this band soon. They’re massive in Australia, playing huge venues, and they’ll soon reach those levels in America, I reckon. But for now, I’ll enjoy getting to see that intensity in small clubs.
Aussie singer-songwriter Gretta Ray opened things up and reminded the crowd that the continent has one of the best music scenes in the world.
Photos by Tim Aarons