Gang Of Youths were formed in Sydney, Australia in 2011 by Dave Le'aupepe and some like-minded mates. Within months of their first gig, they’d started to attract a rabid fanbase enraptured by their expansive, widescreen take on indie-rock, the sort of music that manages to feel universal and personal at the same time. They honed this sound over two records, on 2015’s The Positions and 2017’s Go Farther In Lightness, and won three of Australia’s prestigious ARIA Awards on the back of their Platinum-selling second album.
Word spread further afield too, helped by an extensive support tour in the US and Europe supporting Mumford & Sons. They relocated to London towards the end of 2017, where they set up base together in a share-house in Angel, North London. In Feb 2022 the band released their third studio album titled angel in realtime. Inspired by the loss of frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s father, it’s a record which channels its emotional intensity and existential questions into an exploratory sonic tapestry that touches upon everything from Britpop and post-punk to American minimalism and contemporary classical. Self-produced and recorded in the bands own studio in Hackney, London, the record also pays tribute to Le’aupepe’s family heritage, with samples and original instrumentation from the Polynesian islands and the wider South Pacific. Gang Of Youths is Dave Le’aupepe, Max Dunn, Jung Kim, Donnie Borzestowski and Tom Hobden.