Gang of Youths to tour the US in support of their most recent album ‘angel in realtime.’, making a stop on April 25th at Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY

Gang of Youths released their latest album angel in realtime.  last month to critical acclaim. Billboard described it as “brimming with optimism, guts and heart.” Next month, they’ll make their way to the US and perform at Mercury Ballroom on April 25. The album is about identity – specifically, mixed-race frontman David Le’aupepe’s relationship  with his Polynesian, Samoan Identity following the death of his father and the shocking revelations of his the patriarch’s previous life as a poor, indentured worker in New Zealand as part of the Polynesian Migrant Worker’s Scheme. Leaving behind a family Le’aupepe only just found out about, his father moved to Australia where he reinvented himself as a much younger man, abandoning his Samoan heritage and starting anew. The album tracks Le’aupepe’s grieving process, as he goes on a mission to reclaim his indiginous identity for himself, and connecting with the family he didn’t know he had. All while feeling half-pacific, never fully. Not white, but not fully Samoan.



angel in realtime. sonically explores Polyneisan connection to black music (R&B, Soul, Hip Hop) and black politics (Polynesian panthers). The majority of tracks feature samples from David Fanshawe’s recordings of indigenous music from the Polynesian islands and the wider South Pacific. angel in realtime. also features contributions from a cast of talented Pasifika and Māori vocalists and instrumentalists. It touches on the Polynsian culture’s small, forgotten but significant places in the world particularly in the Arts, Sports and History. Re-establishing a strong collective solidarity and sense of common identity as Polynesian people, with similar language, shared values, ecosystems and a shared history and fraternal links with each other. Check out their full list of 2022 North American tour dates below!


2022 North American tour dates:


Apr 21: Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Apr 22: Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
Apr 24: Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Apr 25: Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Apr 27: Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Apr 28: Charlotte, NC – The Underground
May 1: Nashville, TN – The Basement East
May 3: Chicago, IL – Metro
May 4: Detroit, MI – Shelter
May 6: Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
May 7: Montreal, QC – L’Astral
May 9: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
May 10: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
May 12: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
May 13: Washington, DC – Union Stage SOLD OUT
May 16: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
May 18: Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
May 20: Las Vegas, NV – 24 Oxford
May 21: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
May 23: Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
May 24: Dallas, TX – The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
May 26: Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom


Sep 13: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
Sep 14: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – Mainroom
Sep 16: St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Sep 17: Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
Sep 19: Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Sep 20: Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Sep 22: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Sep 23: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Sep 25: Seattle, WA – Neumos
Sep 27: Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades


Their live show is insane. The last chance they performed in the U.S. and at SXSW, media had this to say about their show:

Big, bold guitar rock isn’t dead quite yet, and this Australian export is proof. Gang Of Youths makes bellowing, grandiose rock music. “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out,” as NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson puts it, would blow the roof off a stadium or the moon. – NPR

I don’t think any band exceeded my expectations this week more than Gang of Youths did. They sound like an ambitious rock band on their latest album, but the live show nearly doubles that ambition. They already seem like they should be playing to crowds 10 times as big as they played to on Saturday, and they don’t hold back one bit from playing like the rock stars they deserve to be. – Brooklyn Vegan

Gang of Youths frontman David Le’aupepe drafts epic, angst-riddled rock, the kind that transcends into the dramas of adulthood like Craig Finn or Matt Berninger at their most aggressive. – Austin Chronicle

This Sydney quintet seems capable of playing arenas one day, with its Springsteen-ian roar-rock and its frontman’s exuberant antics, including running through the crowd mid-song. – Minneapolis Star Tribune

You can connect with Gang of Youths via the following links. Photo credit: Ed Cooke.


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