Gretta Ray to open for Gang of Youths in Los Angeles

If you’ve been wondering whether Gang of Youths would have a support act at their two Los Angeles headlining shows a few weeks from now, wonder no more.

Gretta Ray will open both shows.

There’s been no official announcement, but Ray’s name has been added to the ticketing pages for both shows. (BTW, tickets are still available for Friday, Sept. 20.)

You should recognize her name by now: Ray opened up the U.S. shows on last year’s Say Yes To Life tour, and then provided support again earlier this year when GOY played four London shows. She and the band are close friends, and they brought her on stage at two of the four London shows to cover “A Case Of You” with Dave — the April 6 and April 7 shows.

Donnie & Max make guest appearance on new Jesse Madigan album

Somehow in all the busy-ness of Gang of Youths playing summer festivals, recording its own new album, and touring (twice) with Mumford & Sons, Donnie and Max have found the time to contribute to a new album from Australian singer Jesse Madigan.

Madigan just released his first album, Nothing Better Than A Journey To You, on August 14 and the 10-track release includes a guest appearance from both Donnie Borzestowski and Max Dunn. They perform on “Spring,” the album’s eighth track — a mellow song with a catchy groove. You can listen to it right here:

Madigan expressed his gratitude to Donnie and Max in a recent Instagram post:

Thanks @boughtajetski @mrmaxdunn for Bass & Drums on Spring. Legends. Especially @boughtajetski, thanks so much for your effort and generosity and for all the wise words of advice.

The full album is available for streaming on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, etc., and for purchase from all the places you’d expect.

More non-GOY Projects

That’s not the only project that Donnie’s been working on outside of Gang of Youths.

On Sunday night (August 25), he performed in Newcastle as part of the Adam Miller Trio — a jazz project he’s been working on for several years now. You can visit their official website for more background on the trio.

And Donnie himself recently announced on Instagram plans to release Blue Coloured Mountain, an EP of seven unreleased songs that his older brother, Szymon, worked on before his death in 2012.

Szymon’s album, Tigersapp, was released posthumously in 2015. Donnie and Dave joined the entire Borzestowski family at a special live performance of the entire album in 2016.

And finally, we can’t find any confirmation on this, but it seems that Donnie may have also contributed drums on Echo of Youth, a new album just released by the Australian duo Winterbourne. Andy Mak, the album’s producer, posted about it on Instagram (see below) and tagged Donnie in the post. Donnie then commented on it, and Mak replied to that with “drums 💯.”

That may not mean anything, but it sure seems like a nod to Donnie for contributing some drumming on the album. If we can track down something definitive on this, we’ll update this article.

Gang of Youths visits, performs at Everton FC’s Finch Farm

Something was going on today at Finch Farm in Liverpool and it involved Gang of Youths, Warner Records and the Everton Football Club. (Finch Farm is Everton’s training facility.)

Still and video cameras rolled while the entire band explored the facility, with Dave, Max and Donnie dressed in the club’s home blue shirts, and Joji and Jung in their away orange.

The band’s social media posts joked that Joji was signing with Everton for £80.000001 million, passing Harry Maguire’s £80M signing with Manchester United earlier in the day. (Maguire’s deal is now said to be worth almost £100M, FWIW.)

The band’s post, as well as Instagram Stories from both GOY and Warner Records UK, also includes footage of Dave and Joji performing “Fear And Trembling” in front of lights and cameras. Ergo, we’ve added this as a new performance in our Tours section. If any other songs were played, there’s no evidence yet. I asked about the setlist in the comments of the band’s Facebook post and at least one person who was there replied by saying he was “sworn to secrecy.”

The Warner Records post on Instagram mentions that they were “filming something cool with @everton and @gangofyouths today.”

Everton also chimed in with a tweet telling its fans that GOY is their “new favourite band,” and that’s prompted a little spike in new Twitter followers for the band — even though they don’t use Twitter much.

Dan Alston, whose Twitter profile lists him as Everton’s social media guy, sheds a little more light on things and suggests that we’ll definitely see the results (in video form) of whatever this was about today.

It’s anyone’s guess what all went down today, but it looks like fun and we sure hope that version of “Fear And Trembling” sees the light of day soon … along with anything else they may have performed.