Time to Say Goodbye & Just Be Fans Again

We’ve had a fun 3+ years doing DeepestSighs.com, but our little team of three has decided it’s time to close up shop. We’ll continue to update the tour setlists on the site through the Sydney gig on August 22, and that’ll be it.

I don’t want to put words in Chris’s or Erik’s mouths, so just speaking for myself: Running a fan site for your fave band is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work. To do it right, which we’ve always tried to do, you have to pay attention to both the band and the fans pretty much 24/7/365. That’s how you find out what’s going on, so you can report it and share it with the fans in your reading audience. For me, it’s recently started to feel more like a job and less like a fun hobby…like something I have to do instead of something I want to do. That tells me it’s time to stop and just be a fan again.

All three of us are and will continue to be huge fans of the band; that has nothing to do with it. (I can’t wait to see a couple shows on the upcoming North American tour!)

If you have any interest in taking over DeepestSighs.com — the whole site, or even just the tour dates/setlists — we’re open to that idea. Drop us a note. We’d love to see someone who loves the band keep what we’ve started alive. But if that doesn’t happen, that’s okay, too.

I think I DO speak for Chris and Erik when I say this: Thank you for following us, for reading us, for connecting with us, and for the kind words you’ve shared about DeepestSighs.com. It’s been fun. ❤️💪

The Angel In Realtime tour expands: 10 new shows added in Europe this fall

Dave and Tom weren’t kidding a couple weekends ago when they said Gang of Youths would be doing “more touring.”

The band announced the addition of 10 more European shows in October and November today. The new shows are part of the fifth leg of the Angel In Realtime tour, and will see the band playing in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Germany.

The new shows added to that fifth leg are as follows:

October 28: Frankfurt, Germany
October 30: Nijmegen, Netherlands
October 31: Groningen, Netherlands
November 9: London, UK
November 12: Manchester, UK
November 13: Dublin, Ireland
November 15: Belfast, N. Ireland
November 17: Sheffield, UK
November 18: Nottingham, UK
November 20: Cardiff, UK

Tickets for all the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 22. You can find purchase links via the band’s website. There’s also a pre-sale for members of the band’s mailing list, and that starts on Wednesday.

Gang of Youths’ 2023 Plans: More Touring, Including Asia

If your schedule didn’t quite match up this year with Gang of Youths’ tour itinerary, good news: You might get another chance to catch the band live in 2023.

Speaking this past Saturday before they played the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Dave and Tom told NME that the band will be on the road “quite a bit” next year — including shows in Asia. Here’s how they replied when NME’s Sam Moore asked about their plans after this year’s tour. (Note: I’m editing out the inside jokes and off-topic quips in between these quotes.)

Tom: The touring’s gonna carry-on next year quite a bit.

Dave: Yeah, more touring…We’re gonna tour, like loads. We’ll do Australia, the UK, and then we’ll do Europe again. And then it’s all over Asia, I think, next year.

Tom: We’re gonna try it, yeah, some Asian shows.

Gang of Youths has never formally toured in Asia, but they have played two gigs on the Asian continent. The first was at the House of Vans festival in Hong Kong in 2015; the second was at the 2017 Laneway Festival in Singapore.

BTW, as a North American resident, I’m not worried about the lack of mentions of my home continent. It would be a shock if the band tours most of the world next year while ignoring North America.

If you want to hear this brief exchange yourself, it begins at about the 8:45 mark in the interview below. And props to Sam Moore for asking the question; the band has done a few interviews during their current run of festivals, and no one has yet asked about future plans.

(Header photo by Drew de F Fawkes and used via Creative Commons.)