Following the release of the blistering singles “Evangelists” and “Poison Drum,” Sydney-based band Gang Of Youths has been back in Australia putting the finishing touches to their debut album, expected for release in early 2015.
Working with producer Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans) in his studio in upstate New York and Mixer’s Peter Katis (The National, Local Natives) and Chris Collins (Tigertown), “Benevolence Riots” is a fresh cut straight from these sessions; vibrant and energetic yet with a deep resonance lyrically.
Front man David Leaupepe’s words on the song’s meaning to him: “When I was 18 I fell in love with a girl who was really sick – in order for her to gain access to any kind of effective treatment she had to move back to her hometown of Nashville, TN, a couple of years later to receive clinical care from specialists at a world-renowned facility. ‘Benevolence Riots’ is about learning how to function with poise and evenness in spite of rapidly deteriorating psychological resilience and the crippling and perpetual anxiety of living away from the one person in the world who needs you the most. It’s about learning how to fight grief and the impending possibility of death with urgency and defiance.”
The track also features guest backing vocals from budding Sydney chanteuse Montaigne. The collaboration came about when Montaigne attended one of the bands shows and got talking to them afterwards; they got on so well they decided to work on the track together.
Stereogum premiered the track on calling the band “bold-yet-brooding music akin to Alligator-era The National.” The band are heading out on Australian tour dates before the years end and will be heading overseas again in the new year following on from the resounding success of their North American and UK tours.
“Benevolence Riots” will be available for purchase November 7 via iTunes and streaming on Spotify with a video for the track being shot in Sydney next week.
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