If You Like These Artists, You’ll Like These Gang Of Youths Songs

“What do they sound like?”

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.

Arcade Fire & Gang of Youths

If you like Arcade Fire, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Band of Horses, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like The Clash, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Coldplay, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like The Cure, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Depeche Mode, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

Gang of Youths & The Killers

If you like The Killers, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like The Lumineers, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Mumford & Sons, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Muse, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

The National & Gang of Youths

If you like The National, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Pink Floyd, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Queen, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like Bruce Springsteen, you’ll like these Gang of Youths songs:

If you like U2, 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!

Dave Le’aupepe joined Chris Carraba on stage to mark Dashboard Confessional’s 20th anniversary

Dave made a surprise (at least to most of the world) appearance on stage this past Tuesday night in London.

It happened at St. Pancras Old Church, where Chris Carraba was continuing the DC20 tour in honor of Dashboard Confessional’s 20th anniversary.

The pair did an acoustic version of “Vindicated,” one of Dashboard’s biggest hits, in front of an intimate audience. Fan Nick A. caught some of the duet on video:

We’ve added the solo appearance to the Tours section of our site: Dave Le’aupepe / Chris Carraba, November 12, 2019.

Carraba shared a great backstage (back altar?) photo on Instagram, expressing his appreciation for Dave and Gang of Youths.

Gang of Youths to do acoustic set in London for Big Sleep Out

Just when you thought we’d seen the last of Gang of Youths on stage this decade, there’s this surprise: The band is set to perform an acoustic set in London as part of The World’s Big Sleep Out.

It’ll happen in Trafalgar Square on December 7th. The London event is one of many happening around the world on the same day, all aimed at raising money and awareness to help the homeless. Participants sleep outside — in tents, sleeping bags, etc. — and enjoy a spot of entertainment before the ZZZZZZs.

The event’s official website has more info about the London event and a form to sign up as a participant. Tom Walker, Travis, and Dame Helen Mirren are also listed as London performers.

Despite how it’s being billed as “Gang of Youths,” this may not be the whole band performing. In the past, acoustic performances were often just Dave and Joji. But either way — full band or not — it raises the question: Who’s gonna play guitar? (This Instagram post from last week comes across as a big hint that Jung is going to replace Joji, don’t you think?)