Gang of Youths — “The Angel of 8 Ave”: DJ Pick of the Week

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Australian rockers Gang of Youths are back with their new single “The Angel of 8th Ave.” The song is their first new release since their 2017 album Go Farther Lightness, and it’s Stephanie’s DJ Pick of the Week! 

“The Angel of 8th Ave” is a great reminder of what the band does best. At the surface, up-tempo guitars on top of a dreamy synth make it the epitome of indie rock. However, its poetic, thoughtful lyrics and lead singer David Le’aupepe’s trademark vocals make it stand out from the rest.

The band seems to recognize this too, but they are enthusiastic about what their future sound will bring. “I think there was kind of a part of us that wanted to still tip the cap to what we’d been for so long, but also gestured to the future and gestures to the sounds that we’re obsessed with,” Le’aupepe told Zane Lowe during the song’s premiere. 

With lyrics about trying to be “lover of the year,” the song is an ode to Le’aupepe’s wife. “It’s about the night I met my wife, finding a new life in a new city together and my desire to be good to her as time goes on.” 

The music video for the song premiered yesterday. Be sure to check it out below!

Tune into 100.1 FM or lightning100.com to hear “The Angel of 8th Ave” by Gang of Youths, featured as Stephanie’s DJ Pick of the Week. Be sure to let us know your thoughts! Tweet at us with #L100DJPick and share your take on the track. 

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