Review, Photos, + Interview: Gang of Youths
Written by joe on June 12, 2017
Gang of Youths
FFO: Holy Holy, Wolf Alice, Catfish and the Bottlemen
On June 11 Australian quintet Gang of Youths stopped by Portland’s Mississippi Studios. KPSU got a chance to chat with vocalist and guitarist David Le’aupepe a few days before the show. Listen for our full interview (we apologize for the less than ideal audio quality):
Personally, I’ve gotten more and more appreciative of venues like Mississippi Studios. The smaller venue creates a more intimate environment for a show, and coupled with a great crowd and being a 21+ venue, gives off a very welcoming and friendly environment. Even the artists took notice of this. Lead vocalist and guitarist of Gang of Youths, David Le’aupepe, graciously thanked the Portland crowd time and time again. Saying he thought only a few people would come to his show, and greatly appreciated the crowd of people at Mississippi Studios coming out and singing along to his songs. Though it was a smaller crowd, everyone in the audience made it feel like a packed house. The crowd that came out didn’t stop dancing or swaying along to the music, some members didn’t put their phone down once and took pictures/videos throughout the show, many were mouthing and singing along with David, and shouted back things like “I love you” “you’re amazing” at David. Everyone that came out was a fan, didn’t come just to see a show, and were incredibly thankful for the band making the long trip to Portland.
Gang of Youths played their hearts out and put on a great show. The intimacy of the show was multiplied by the band, playing a balanced set of new and old songs. David Le’aupepe writes from a very personal and intimate place. His songs consist of his own personal journey through life and include lyrics discussing a suicide attempt, alcohol consumption, and his past relationship with a cancer victim. Near the end of his set, David took the stage solo (as the rest of his band members sat down on stage, out of sight) and talked about his difficult relationship with a girl undergoing chemotherapy. He then performed a beautiful, breathtaking, acoustic version of “Knuckles White Dry”.
– shots from the show (joe hernandez photography) –