Gang of Youths is in the spotlight (Spotify-light?) in a new feature from Spotify highlighting a handful of bands that make up a new “Aussie Rock Revolution.”
The feature sings the praises of Australia’s musical history, going back to legendary bands like AC/DC and INXS, and more recent international success stories like Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett. With Tame Impala having just headlined day two of the Coachella festival in California, Spotify suggests Gang of Youths is one of a handful of Aussie artists who could also someday appear “on the top of line of festival posters.” The others featured? Pond, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Julia Jacklin and Skegss.
There’s a sort of “what’s in the drinking water?” vibe going on, since Spotify asks each of the profiled artists to explain why Aussie rock is so 💯 right now. Max Dunn answers the question for GOY:
Australia is a wonderfully diverse part of the world within which there are a wealth of stories, experiences, mistakes, tragedies, and triumphs. I mean, you have A.B. Original voicing their experience of oppression and marginalization as Indigenous Australians in our broken country on [their 2016 album] Reclaim Australia and you have Troye Sivan’s staggeringly beautiful new single “Revelation” as part of his contribution to Joel Edgerton’s [film] Boy Erased. The stories are compelling, and there’s a drive to make a global statement and shift culture through their music.
Head over to Spotify if you want to check out the full feature on these upcoming Aussie artists.