Gang Of Youths‘ recent EP total serene represented a rebirth for the band following their relocation to London.
That journey continues today as Gang of Youths unveil their new single the man himself.
the man himself finds frontman Dave Le’aupepe meditating on the loss of his father. It’s a disorientated experience in which he’s overwhelmed and dislocated by grief. Yet while things will never be the same, he also realises that he needs to find his own way in the world without the help of that guiding, comforting hand. But the memory will remain, as present in the moment as the painting of Le’aupepe’s father that hangs in his kitchen.
Those pained lyrics are homed in a song which exudes a far more positive feel. Emerging from the grand, cinematic aspect of the band’s sonic spectrum, it’s full of creative touches from the moment Tom Hobden’s violin provides a scene-setting introduction. From the pulse-racing beat to the atmospheric piano breakdown and a typically whole-hearted hook, it finds Gang of Youths continuing to explore new dimensions to their sound. As with unison, the man himself features sampled field recordings of indigenous Pacific music captured by David Fanshawe. And in a song about loss, they possess a pure and elative hymnal quality.
Dave Le’aupepe commented, “If I ever have kids I’m not really sure how to raise them without my dad helping me out.”
Gang of Youths have made a big return to touring this summer. A sold-out underplay headline show at London’s Lafayette was streamed live on TikTok, while acclaimed sets at All Points East and the Neighbourhood Weekender included the first two public performances of the man himself. The band are now set to be introduced to an even bigger audience as guests to Sam Fender on his upcoming arena tour, which is complemented with select headline shows. All 40,000 tickets for the five Sam Fender shows are already sold-out. They will support Sam at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 24th November 2021.