Dave talks about new Gang of Youths album with Zane Lowe

(This post has been updated from its original version with new quotes and details after we listened to the entire conversation on Beats 1.)

Dave did a co-hosting spot today with Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 streaming service, a show that played out as a relaxed conversation inside Sydney’s Enmore Theatre before a recent GOY gig.

During the show, Dave revealed that he has a name and some concepts for the next Gang of Youths album, and he wants to finish the album in 2019:

“There’s gonna be something. I’ve got everything conceptually with the album, including a name, but not necessarily songs. I don’t want to stagnate, though. I think that’s the other thing that like — I kind of want to at least get this third album done by next year. That’s really fucking important to me.”

– Dave L. to Zane Lowe

Dave wouldn’t give away the album name while the cameras were rolling, but did say he’d tell Zane off-camera. He also explained, “I always come up with the name first.” You can hear that in this video:

During the hour-long guest hosting appearance, Dave also hinted that he won’t shy away from continuing to write candidly about the real-life themes that have marked the band’s first two albums:

For me, there’s never going to be any shortage of things that people I feel like might need to hear. I think these are universal kind of bonding experiences and things that feel real and … these universally intrepid adventures, right, that all of us can relate to — be it tragic or elated — there’s never going to be any shortage of that. And I think kind of what I want from my life is to try and interpret those things in really beautiful ways. Whether it’s in a band, or like … y’know, eventually behind the scenes in some way, like that’s kind of what I want to do.

Dave L. to Zane Lowe

That mention of “behind the scenes” is mirrored in this second tweet/video, where Dave says  that he’d like to produce other artists someday. See/hear that below:

So to sum up … great news: Dave (and the band) at least have concepts/ideas and a name for their next album, and he wants it done in 2019!


New video: Dave covers Ryan Adams in support of MyMusicRX & Children’s Cancer Association

Just found this new video that MyMusicRX uploaded to YouTube today. It’s Dave doing a solo, acoustic cover of Ryan Adams’ “My Winding Wheel.” It was recorded back in October when GOY was performing in Austin, TX, at the ACL Festival.

MyMusicRX is a program from the Children’s Cancer Association that uses music to engage and support hospitalized children. As part of this “Bedstock” series, musicians perform while sitting in bed as a show of solidarity with the kids who are stuck in hospital beds. What a neat idea.

You can learn more about the program at MyMusicRX.org.


Gang of Youths to play at 2019 Sziget Festival in Budapest

Gang of Youths has added another festival date to its plans for 2019. They’re confirmed to perform at the Sziget Festival in Budapest on Friday, August 9, 2019.

It’ll be GOY’s first time performing at Sziget and first show in Hungary. Headliners at the week-long festival include Foo Fighters, Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran and Twenty One Pilots.

Tickets are available now via the Festival’s web site.

This is the second confirmed 2019 festival for Gang of Youths. As we reported a couple weeks ago, they’re also set to play at Cruilla Barcelona on July 5, 2019.

(Photo via Sziget/Rockstar Photographers.)