New album ‘angel in realtime.’ is out now –
UK tour starts next Thursday
Includes the O2 Academy Brixton on March 15th
“Not only does ‘Angel In Realtime.’ serve as a soul-stirring tribute to Le’aupepe’s late father, but it’s also a triumphant exploration of love and life… it shines through its embrace of intimacy and honesty at every turn.” **** – NME
“Sensational… With gorgeous writing, an emotional resonance, as well as magnificent, diverse compositions throughout, you can’t help but get completely swept away.” 9/10 – Gigwise
“A stunning record inspired by death, grief, family, and more.”**** – Rolling Stone
“An album in which beat-heavy, danceable, and often ecstatic music acts as a shield for blood-and-guts, dark-night-of-the-soul introspection.” **** – UPROXX
Gang of Youths have today released their new album ‘angel in realtime.’ via Warner Records. The album’s release caps a remarkable few months for the band. Highlights have included the single ‘in the wake of your leave’ being picked as Greg James’ Tune of the Week at Radio 1, playlists at Radio 1 and Radio 2, selling-out a string of headline shows, hitting arenas as guests to Sam Fender, and being highlighted in NME’s Big Read cover feature.
Jack Saunders has championed Gang of Youths and hailed ‘in the wake of your leave’ as “one of the most stunning examples of just how good their new record is going to be.” ‘angel in realtime.’ more than lives up to that praise. 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.
The album features all the big moments that have soundtracked Gang of Youths’ rise, including ‘theangel of 8th ave.’, ‘unison’, ‘the man himself’, ‘tend the garden’ and ‘in the wake of your leave.’ The album’s previously unreleased tracks provide plenty more, with an experimental hybrid of contemporary American minimalism, and electronica on ‘you in everything’, the 2-step and big beat rhythms of ‘the kingdom is within you’, and the cathartic conclusion provided by the sweeping, multi-textured ‘goalof the century’.
New single ‘spirit boy’ is the beating heart of ‘angel in realtime.’ The song features Shane McLean, a musician specialising in Taonga Pūoro (the traditional instrumentation and music culture of the Māori people) and contributes spoken word. Le’aupepe recalls:
“We were fortunate to have Shane McLean, an outstanding musician and Taonga Pūoro facilitator, write and perform a spoken verse in Te Reo Māori. A wonderful Māori woman performed ‘rongoā’ on me — a sacred healing practice. It was a transformative experience, and I’m still not quite sure why. There was a moment when this wonderful woman looked at me and said ‘you’re a wairua boy’ — wairua in Te Reo means something like ‘spirit’.”
Dave Le’aupepe has channelled every drop of emotion into Gang of Youths’ most personal album to date. For the band, which features multi-instrumentalists JungKim, TomHobden, MaxDunn and DonnieBorzestowski, the decision to rent an old warehouse space in Hackney, London and self-produce the record was absolutely vital.
The record also pays tribute to Le’aupepe’s family heritage, firstly with the band’s pre-pandemic trip to Aotearoa to record with Pasifika and Māori instrumentalists the AnuanuaDrummers from the CookIslands, ShaneMcClean and the AucklandGospelChoir. These recordings, together with the extensive sampling of composer and explorer David Fanshawe’s late 1970s field recordings of indigenous Pasifika music give the record a distinctive sense of time and place. When you add to this the 42-piece string section Hobden and Le’aupepe travelled to Budapest to record, the album effectively spans 50 years of collective recording and as many as 7 countries.
‘angel in realtime.’ is available to buy here. A beautifully animated zoetrope vinyl format of the album sold-out within days, but collectors and hardcore fans can still grab editions including a double-white vinyl with an alternate sleeve from key indie stores, or a selection of bundles and merch which are packaged with a signed art card.
Gang of Youths will celebrate the album’s release with a series of short instore performances and signing sessions, starting tonight at The Fighting Cocks in Kingston. The band then embark upon a UK headline tour from March 3rd, with most shows either now sold-out or with very limited tickets remaining. Their live plans continue with tours of North America and Australia, with rescheduled European dates following in the autumn. The band’s growing European festival schedule calls at Glasgow’s TRNSMT, where they join a bill headed by Lewis Capaldi and Wolf Alice. Please see their website for a full list of dates and ticket information.
RECORD STORE PERFORMANCES – FEBRUARY
25th – Kingston, Banquet Records at The Fighting Cocks (SOLD OUT)
28th – Manchester, HMV – tickets remaining
28th – Leeds, Jumbo (SOLD OUT)
March 1st – London, Rough Trade East (SOLD OUT)
MARCH – HEADLINE TOUR
3rd – Ireland, Dublin, Button Factory (SOLD OUT)
5th – UK, Newcastle, Riverside (SOLD OUT)
6th – UK, Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
8th – UK, Leeds, Beckett University (SOLD OUT)
9th – UK, Bristol, O2 Academy
12th – UK, Birmingham, O2 Institute 2 (SOLD OUT)
13th – UK, Manchester, Albert Hall
15th – UK, London, O2 Academy Brixton
Gang of Youths consists of Dave Le’aupepe (vocals, guitar), Max Dunn (bass), Jung Kim (guitar, keyboards), Donnie Borzestowski (drums) and Tom Hobden (keyboards, guitar, violin). ‘angel in realtime.’ tracklist:
- ‘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’