There's a warmth in the eyes and a clearness of thought
When the deepest of sighs and the frankest of shadows are gone
- The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows by Gang of Youths
- July 30th, 2018: Matt pens “I Have a New Favorite Band“
- Oct 5th, 2018: Chris sets up a development site to try things out.
- Oct 15th, 2018: Social accounts are registered.
- Oct 26th, 2018: Forum is set up.
- November 8, 2018: Website is announced to the world.
I sent Matt a message something like: “Figured we could just test the waters a bit with an actual site. I can move it to a live domain pretty easily or just click a button to destroy it.”
Matt was the one who discovered Gang of Youths and wouldn’t stop pestering anyone and everyone about it. Eventually I had to give in and check the band out and begrudgingly admit that he kinda maybe sort of liked them.
It’s all David Fricke’s fault. His RollingStone.com article comparing them to U2 showed up in my Google alerts and I was instantly fascinated. Back in the day, every band that came along was compared to U2, but that hasn’t been the case in a while, so I just had to check ’em out. Best decision ever.
Was I pestering? It felt more like I’d just discovered a pot of gold and was trying to get everyone to come grab their share. The real pestering was when you and a couple other friends started talking about domain names and fan sites! I mean, you set up a test site before any domain was purchased, so clearly something connected for you in a legit way.
Ok fair enough. But nothing really happens until a domain name is registered. And you pulled the trigger on that one. It was all inevitable at that point.
I was sucked in by the lyrics you kept tweeting and then when I heard David’s vocals – a mixture of Leonard Cohen mumble singing and soaring choruses – I was hooked.
Yeah, I’m not usually a big lyrics guy, but this band and these songs are another story. I was a bit of a mental mess after both my parents died, and two GOY songs — “Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane” and “Deepest Sighs” — brought me out of my darkness. (I wrote about that here.) After 23 years of running atu2.com, I wasn’t looking to start another fan site, but when it was obvious that you and a couple other people were thinking about one … as you said, it was inevitable.
I hope that Deepest Sighs can serve as a news/community hub for Gang of Youths’ fans around the world, and also help propel the band toward the level of success that I think they deserve.
Since you’ve got a pretty good track record of picking bands with longevity, I wanted to get in on the ground floor of this experiment at Deepest Sighs. Here’s hoping the band has many more albums in them to come!