Live Music – Gang of Youths
Artist: Gang of Youths
Venue: Enmore Theatre
Date: 31 January 19
It’s not often an album resonates with you and makes you actually feel every gorgeous lyric sung. The album that took me to that place is Go Farther in Lightness by Sydney band Gang of Youths. It’s a mix of heavy-dark moments and explosions of instrumental electricity. A pure indulgence of light and dark with lots of colour in between. It’s no wonder the band had five songs in the top 10 in last year’s Triple J’s Hottest 100 and took home the 2017 ARIA for Album of the Year.
As the band’s raw talent saw them undertake a world tour, with deserved global recognition, I patiently waited and hoped they would return for a much-anticipated Australian tour. My dreams were answered, with the first show at the Enmore announced, and I was online purchasing my ticket before I could even think who I was going to go with. I didn’t care, I was there.
So here I am, drink in hand, ready for my solo date night with my Gang of Youths.
The show opens with “Fear and Trembling”, the entire audience joining in. David Le’aupepe then takes to the piano for “Go Farther in Lightness”. The crowd enjoys the favourites such as “The Heart Is a Muscle”. I soon realise I’m not the only fan of this incredible band. So many people with just absolute joy on their faces, as David belts out their anthems.
David intoxicates us with his signature flamenco-style dancing for “Let Me Down Easy” – nothing better than a man who can dance. The show ends, and with the audience demanding an encore, the band return to the stage for a few more songs and end with the fist to heart “Say Yes to Life!”
Ok, it wasn’t really my date night with my Gang of Youths, but I was willing to share them with the rest of Sydney who clearly appreciate their absolutely beautiful songs and talent as much as I do.