How cool is this?!?
This Sunday’s Washington Post — one of the biggest newspapers in the U.S. — will have a feature article on Gang of Youths in the Arts section.
That’s some solid exposure, especially coming right after the band played to more than a thousand fans in venues like the 9:30 Club (Wash. DC), Irving Plaza (NYC) and The Metro (Chicago). And also right as the MTV Unplugged album is released in the States (today).
Even better is that the article’s online right now. 🙂
The article explains how GOY met at Hillsong Church and formed in the days when Dave began writing music for his girlfriend (and later first wife) during her bout with cancer. Author Travis Andrews obviously knows the band and music well, and does a great job introducing both to an audience that, aside from a few scattered readers, won’t be familiar with either:
The songs concern all manner of philosophy, religion and humanity’s darkest impulses, while being absurdly uplifting at the same time. Still, it’s not Christian rock by any stretch of imagination. Le’aupepe creates the rare mainstream music that grapples with whether God exists.
Much like the Book of Revelation, his songs are studies in contrasts — in this case, between loud music and quiet ideology, between believing in the Almighty and declaring that He doesn’t exist, between bars and churches, between love and fury.
Andrews was able to chat with Dave before the band’s recent show at the 9:30 Club, and the article includes some really great quotes from that conversation.
Read the full article online here, and if you’re able to get a copy of Sunday’s Washington Post, please buy one to support journalism … and to send us a photo of the article in print!
UPDATE: Thanks to reader/forum member Tim, here’s a photo of the print article, which took up a full page in the Arts section!