That makes a total of 8 Australian NLMAs for Gang of Youths — the most of any artist in the event’s four-year history. GOY has picked up at least one NLMA each year.
But given that the band is now firmly based in London, and this is an Australian award ceremony, you can’t help but wonder if that streak and/or record will end next year due to geography. Maybe. Maybe not. Perhaps a terrific Australian tour in 2020 on the heels of a new Gang of Youths album will be enough to keep them under consideration in the international categories.
I get that question every time I mention Gang of Youths to someone who’s never heard of them.
I have no idea how to answer it. To me, Gang of Youths sounds like Gang of Youths. But that’s not helpful when you’re talking to someone who has no idea who they are.
Such was the case recently when a co-worker asked me to name my favorite band. After I sputtered my way through the “they sound like … Gang of Youths” awkwardness, he jumped in with another question: How would you finish the sentence, “You might like Gang of Youths if you like….”?
That was easier! I quickly came up with Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Arcade Fire. And then I kept thinking. Muse and The National came to mind. And then I asked fellow DeepestSighs.com crew members Chris and Erik how they’d answer that, and we came up with a bigger list of other artists and specific Gang of Youths songs you might like for each band.
We hope this is helpful to any new fans who are still discovering Gang of Youths. (If that’s you, be sure to also see our article, “How To Get Started With Gang of Youths.”) And for those of you who aren’t new to GOY, we hope this sparks some debate. When you get to the bottom, click through to the discussion thread in our forum and tell us where you agree/disagree, and what you’d add!
Ready? Here’s our list, with other bands listed in alphabetical order.
If you like Arcade Fire, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:
There ya go! We know you’re gonna disagree with some of this, or want to tell us that we’re missing something obvious — go for it using the link below where it says “Start the discussion at forum.deepestsighs.com.” We’re ready!