Gang Of Youths


Rolling Stone magazine have been treating Melbourne to a feast of live music at Fitzroy's iconic Workers Club with bands playing over three weeks, six nights a week.

Harts performed a veritable hit parade from his album Daydreamer. Unashamedly flamboyant and with an Elvis Presley pout, this self coined “one man band show”, shreds on electric guitar, busts out on Korg, with sensational falsetto vocal stylings as he exposes killer hooks and musical prowess. A seamless set revealing a trademark unison guitar lick and vocal line, tastefully heavy on bass, programmed drum tracks, supreme live solos wrapped in synth bliss. Harts is energetic and has hips grinding from his first track 'Leavin' It All Behind'. Proving he is more than just a one trick pony the slow groove of 'Under Fallen Skies' shows Harts can cover all tempos. The final track 'Tide' left him asking “are you with me for the ride” with a resounding yes. One punter described his show as 'Hendrix, funkadelic with an electro twist'. Harts is a much needed addition to the Australian musical landscape.

Originally from Sydney and now based in Nashville, Gang of Youths take to the stage with their slightly derivative but original take on prophetic rock. 'Evangelists', a crowd favourite, has received favourable airplay and is a perfect example of the moody rock music they love to make. There is a harnessed frenetic energy on stage as each band member delivers the well structured songs with intensity and assurance. The music is laden with a multitude of timbres from the electric guitar and synth effectively added to the mix. All these layers find a place and leave the music full but not cluttered.

Making a welcome return to the stage after a break from performing, relative newcomers GOY's are set to release their debut album early next year. Frontman David Leaupepe gave a strong vocal delivery that justified his comparisons to Springsteen. The track "Benevolent" highlights the majesty of the band as they reach full crescendo. There is an educated charm to the band as evidenced by the humorous on stage banter as well as the impromptu performance of the first few lines of Shania Twain's Man I Feel Like A Woman. Never taking themselves too seriously, but caring seriously about what they do, GOY's create an atmosphere of longing that resonates well with punters. Always giving an impressive live performance GOY's have set the sound for the new wave of Australian rock music.

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