Watch: Gang Of Youths Drop Stripped Back Version Of ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave’
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If I had a dollar for every time GOY made me reach for a box of tissues…

Sydney rock outfit Gang of Youths are bringing the good vibes and feels this Wednesday morning, dropping a stripped back rendition of their recent single ‘The Angel of 8th Ave.’ The new clip comes after their total serene EP which featured the recent single along with ‘asleep in the back’ and fan-favourite ‘unison.’ But it seems the five-piece aren’t done pulling on our heartstrings yet, and after watching the latest performance, we hope they don’t stop any time soon.

Directed by Emile Frederick, the new performance sees frontman David Le’aupepe sat at an old piano, no glitz or glam as he goes to town on the ivories. His vocals are of course every bit as pristine and moving as the studio recording, even getting more emotive in the hook as he sings ‘And in the festival years/Of our makeshift parade/In perpetual fall/And immeasurable rain.’

It just gives you a totally new appreciation of the lyricism of Le’aupepe, the absence of the driving beat and numerous instrumental layers allowing his storytelling to shine front and centre.

Needless to say, whether you’re a Gang of Youths fan or not, this piano version of ‘The Angel of 8th Ave’ will make for a beyond cathartic soundtrack into the arvo. Check it out below.

Words by Amar Gera September 15, 2021
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