Dave & Joji on ABC’s 7:30: “There’s an audience out there who wants Gang of Youths to keep giving them moments to cling to”

Australia’s ABC News recently featured Gang of Youths on its 7:30 program, and the brief segment serves as a pretty good introduction to the band for anyone who’s a new fan. If you’re a veteran fan, you might file this one away to share with friends as they finally come around. 🙂

Only Dave and Joji appear in the segment, and they talk about how they met as boys and the friendship that’s developed since then. The conversation addresses Dave’s suicide attempt in 2014, and how the band responded to that. My favorite bit comes at the end when they’re talking about songwriting, which prompts Dave to share this:

“There’s an audience out there who wants Gang of Youths to keep giving them moments to cling to and soundtracking the moments of joy and pain and elation. Joy is a very underrated quality.”

What’s great about that is the awareness of how their own music has literally saved/changed lives. I regularly read tweets directed at the band, and it seems like not a week goes by when someone isn’t thanking GOY for helping the fan get through some very difficult circumstances. It’s really moving, and that the band recognizes it and is inspired by it — as opposed to being burdened by it — is terrific.

The segment is finally available on ABC’s YouTube channel, which means it’s finally able to be embedded below and watched right here on DS. Enjoy!

Gary Lightbody’s (of Snow Patrol) top listen of 2018? Gang of Youths

If you’re on social media these days, you’ve probably seen people posting their 2018 listening stats from Spotify — they’re pretty much impossible to miss at this point.

I was searching around on Instagram this morning and found one of those posts from none other than Gary Lightbody, lead singer of the Irish band Snow Patrol. His #1 listen of the year? Gang of Youths.

Pretty remarkable, too, because Lightbody tweeted about discovering GOY in early August, so he’s obviously done a lot of listening in about four months.

And I’ll wrap up this trip down “celebrity GOY fan lane” by linking back to this old article of ours from before DS officially launched: Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz is a big GOY fan.

(For the record, I started listening to GOY in late April and they ended up being my #2 listen of the year.)

Gang of Youths wins twice at Australia’s 2018 National Live Music Awards

While Gang of Youths is killing it on their just-started North American Say Yes To Life tour, back in Australia the band picked up two honors at the 2018 National Live Music Awards  on Thursday night (Dec. 6) — an event that played out simultaneously at seven different venues around the country.

The band’s two awards came in these categories:

  • International Live Achievement – Band
  • Best Live Act – NSW

Courtney Barnett won the solo award for International Live Achievement, if you’re curious.

GOY picked up four awards in the 2017 NLMAs. And at the inaugural NLMAs in 2016, they won one — Best Live Act – NSW, the same award they collected on Thursday.

UPDATE: The NLMAs have published their own recap of the night’s events, and it includes a couple nuggets we should add to this article:

  • Gang of Youths is the only artist to win the same category all three years running. In GOY’s case, they’ve won “Best Live Act – NSW” each year.
  • Gang of Youths is the most-awarded artist overall in NLMA history, with seven awards.

Cool stuff.