Radio X puts Gang of Youths on 2 year-end lists

Here come the “best of” lists for 2018, and two of the first we’ve seen for music come from Radio X in the UK … and both include Gang of Youths.

MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne made the station’s list of the best albums of 2018, while “Let Me Down Easy” is on the best songs of 2018 list. (Nevermind that LMDE was a single back in 2017; the rest of the world is still catching up and if Radio X wants to call it one of this year’s best songs, who are we to argue?)

Meanwhile, in Australia, Triple J radio has opened voting for its annual Hottest 100 list — where LMDE came in at #2 last year — and fans are doing whatever they can to vote for GOY even though the band didn’t release any new material this year. (The MTV Unplugged album apparently doesn’t count because it’s all previously-released songs? So I understand.)

(Radio X photo via Cerberus Systems.)

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.)