Gang of Youths Share New Song, Announce ‘angel in realtime.’ Album, 2022 North American Tour

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Australian indie/rock ensemble Gang of Youths will release a new album titled angel in realtime. on Feb. 25, via Warner Records. The album announcement was made official on Wednesday and came with the premiere of a new song titled “tend the garden”:

At the core of the album’s concept is loss and grief, stemming from the passing of front man Dave Le’aupepe’s father. Via a news release:

“the album is about the life and legacy of Dave Le’aupepe’s father, indigenous identity, death, grief and God. And also the Angel, Islington.”

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Here’s “Unison,” which debuted in July:

News of the album came after a bit of activity for the band, which premiered the dynamic “the angel of 8th ave.” back in late June, a mission statement of sorts that introduced a new direction for the band (which became a big deal in 2017 with Go Farther in Lightness):

“the man himself” is another song shared already from the record:

Said Le’aupepe in a statement:

“My dad was a gifted and passionate gardener. It’s where he funnelled a lot of his energy and sensitivity, and despite our humble surroundings, we were always enveloped by beauty. The journey he made from Samoa to Aotearoa to Australia was a difficult and inspiring one, but also fraught with mistakes, regret and terrible choices. I like to think he was building something beautiful, and pondering what life had given him in spite of his mistakes and concealment. We never knew his story until after he died, so this is the most poetic interpretation of his affinity for gardening that I could think of.

“I hope the record stands as a monument to the man my father was and remains long after I’m gone myself. He deserved it.”

The album track listing:

you in everything
in the wake of your leave
the angel of 8th ave.
tend the garden
the kingdom is within you
spirit boy
the man himself
hand of god
goal of the century

Gang of Youths also announced a North American tour for Spring 2022 in support of the record, with tickets set to go on sale starting Friday, Nov. 19.

Apr 21: Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Apr 22: Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
Apr 24: Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Apr 25: Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
Apr 27: Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Apr 28: Charlotte, NC The Underground
May 1: Nashville, TN The Basement East
May 3: Chicago, IL Metro
May 4: Detroit, MI Shelter
May 6: Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
May 7: Montreal, QC L’Astral
May 9: Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
May 10: Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
May 12: Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
May 13: Washington, DC Union Stage
May 16: San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 18: Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theater
May 20: Las Vegas, NV 24 Oxford
May 21: Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
May 23: Austin, TX Scoot Inn
May 24: Dallas, TX The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
May 26: Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom

Sep 13: Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
Sep 14: Minneapolis, MN First Avenue – Mainroom
Sep 16: St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
Sep 17: Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Sep 19: Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Sep 20: Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Sep 22: Portland, OR Revolution Hall
Sep 23: Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
Sep 25: Seattle, WA Neumos
Sep 27: Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades

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