Gang Of Youths – Unison

If you ever wondered how a mix of The Waterboys and The War On Drugs might sound, look no further. Gang Of Youths’ new single Unison is it.

The band was formed in Sydney, Australia in 2011. They quickly attracted a rabid fanbase with their expansive, widescreen take on indie-rock. After winning prestigious ARIA Awards in their home country, they started to conquer the rest of the world (which is a work in progress). In 2017, the band – consisting of Dave Le’aupepe (vocals, guitar), Max Dunn (bass), Jung Kim (guitar, keyboards), Donnie Borzestowski (drums) and Tom Hobden (keyboards, guitar, violin) – relocated to London.

Their new single Unison is a song Le’aupepe conceived in Samoa, his ancestral homeland. It contains samples of recordings made by David Fanshawe. He travelled to the Pacific Islands in the late 1970s and recorded one of the most extensive libraries of indigenous Pasifika music anywhere in the world. The same kind of field work Alan Lomax did ahead of World War 2. These samples bring a unique and wonderful atmosphere to the track. Unison may prove to be for indie-rock what acts like Deep Forest and Moby were to dance music in the ‘90s: ground-breaking.

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Gang Of Youths – The Heart Is A Muscle

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