Listen: Dave Le’aupepe guests on new Thelma Plum song “Love & War”

Australian singer Thelma Plum’s debut album, Better In Blak, is out and that’s good news for Gang of Youths fans. Why? Because one track includes a brief guest vocal appearance from none other than Dave Le’aupepe.

He appears on the album’s third song, “Love & War,” singing the second verse. It’s a brief cameo — his contribution only lasts about 20 seconds. The song has just been uploaded to Thelma Plum’s YouTube channel, so that means everyone can listen in.

This is probably the only official new music we’ll hear in 2019 with Dave singing since it appears that the next Gang of Youths album won’t be out until 2020 at earliest.

Gang of Youths working on new album; Daniel Ricciardo posts brief song clips

We have confirmation that Gang of Youths is currently in the studio working on music for the band’s new album.

It comes in the form of clips from an Instagram story posted today by Australian Formula 1 race car driver, Daniel Ricciardo, who’s made no secret that he’s a big Gang of Youths fan.

As of this moment, you can watch and hear the two 15-second clips right here. But it’s an Instagram story, so the clips won’t be available forever.

As best we can tell, the clips capture two different songs.

Clip #1 (left side of image above)

Clip #1 has Dave initially singing over a slow electric guitar (sounds like Dave’s playing, too) before Donnie joins in on drums. The lyrics sound something like this:

???
Giving (or give in?) just like my father
Shot me out of northeast
The winter’s colder…
???

In the video, Donnie is initially adjusting his drum kit, so it’s possible that what he starts playing is just a test and not part of the song that Dave is working on.

Clip #2 (right side of image above)

This clip is a mid-tempo track that sounds like a much more fully-formed song. In the video, you can see Dave singing and playing guitar, Donnie on drums, and Max seems to be playing bass and visible in a reflection on the studio’s window between the control room and recording room.

Dave seems to just be scat-singing some random words and sounds; I can’t make out anything specific. At about the 10-second mark, he (or someone) says “chorus” and the song shifts to a different key.

Album Status

Last time we heard anything from Gang of Youths about their next album, Max was telling RIFF magazine that he expects the album to be influenced and inspired by Dave’s dad, Tattersall, who died from cancer last summer at 80 years old. So it should be no surprise to hear a reference to “my father” in the first clip above.

Prior to that, Dave told a Dutch radio station that he has some early material for a new album, but “it hasn’t been recorded yet.”

Looks like that’s not the case anymore. Unless this is some non-album project that’s still under wraps, it looks like Gang of Youths has started recording its new album.

As far as a release date goes, Dave told RadioX earlier this year that it “probably won’t come out this year.” He also said he thinks it’ll at least be finished by the end of 2019, but that was before the band committed to a second run of shows supporting Mumford & Sons.

As always, for the absolute latest and most complete information, keep an eye on our Gang of Youths new album page — we’re updating it with every new development.

(Thanks to Kate B. for the news tip via Facebook.)

Mumford & Sons bringing Gang of Youths out on tour (again!)

We had a feeling these two bands really hit it off a few months ago while touring across Europe, and that sure seems to be the case after today’s news: Gang of Youths is touring again this fall with Mumford & Sons.

M&S just announced its Delta Tour US & Mexico 19 — a run of eight new shows in the U.S. and Mexico happening between September 16 and October 11. M&S also has a few festival appearances booked in that same timeframe.

It’ll begin Sept. 16 at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. (How’s this for a coincidence: When GOY opened for Foo Fighters last year, that tour also began at Talking Stick Arena. Crazy, right?) From there, the two bands will head to San Francisco and then south for three shows in Mexico. Those will be Gang of Youths’ first time performing in Mexico. From there, it’s back to the U.S. for shows in Houston, Dallas and Oklahoma City.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 28. But you can get early access to pre-sales on June 27 by registering before tomorrow night. See the Mumford & Sons live page for details and links to pre-register.

As we wrote last month after the two bands’ European tour ended, it was clear that they really got along, so it’s no surprise that Mumford has invited GOY to join them again. From what we could see across social media, that tour was a big boon for GOY — introducing them to a lot of new fans. I’m expecting the same when they hit the road again in Sept./Oct. Heck, it’s already happening now — M&S introduced these new tour dates by posting a great video of their collaboration with GOY on “Blood” from the Stockholm show earlier this year. It’s only been a few hours, and that video on M&S’ YouTube channel already has ~10,000 views.

And keep an eye on this: This year’s Austin City Limits festival is scheduled for the weekends of October 4-6 and October 11-13. Gang of Youths has all those days open, except for the Oklahoma City show on October 11. Mumford & Sons is playing the ACL on October 6 & 13 … don’t be surprised if Gang of Youths, which played a fantastic set there last year, does it again this October.

(Photo courtesy Bas Jansen for DeepestSighs.com.)