Gang Of Youths have managed to achieve an absolutely massive undertaking this week, taking out the number one spot on the ARIA charts with the release of their second record Go Father In Lightness.
Gang Of Youths have already been kicking goals all over the place recently, with Go Farther In Lightness seeing the group score the feature album spot on triple j, and play a number of killer shows all over the country. In between all of this, the group even found time to hang out with us this week as they answered questions with Gordi as part of a Facebook Live Q&A.
Now, the group have gone farther than even they may have expected with a top spot on the ARIA charts. Taking out the number one position, the group chart one spot ahead of Paul Kelly, whose 23rd studio album Life Is Fine gave the Aussie legend his first number one ever last week.
Of course, while Ed Sheeran still sticks around at number three with ÷ (Divide), the Aussie contingent is strong, with King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard’s collaboration with Mild High Club, Sketches Of Brunswick East, hitting number four, and Thy Art Is Murder’s Dear Desolation sitting nicely at number five.
The group’s manager, Kurt Bailey, was absolutely stoked to hear the news, expressing his pride at the momentous achievement this is for the group. “This is a very exciting and important moment for the guys,” Bailey told Tone Deaf. “I’m extremely proud of what they’ve achieved, they deserve this.”
Sony A&R representative Paul Harris also expressed his excitement at the group’s achievement. “We are all absolutely thrilled the record debuted at number 1,” Harris said. “For us, from Denis Handlin and the Sony Music team, it has always been about following the band’s vision and not taking any short cuts.”
“I think it’s why this record has resonated so well with people, it’s raw and honest, and nothing has been diluted in any way,” he continued. “The whole team around the band really understands that, and knows it’s at the core of everything we do. Above all though, it’s simply a bloody great record. You don’t come across someone with Dave’s sincerity, articulation and lyrical depth everyday. ”
Gang Of Youths’ debut record The Positions reached number five upon release in 2015, and their 2016 EP Let Me Be Clear made it to number two. This top position for the group is an immensely well-deserved achievement that is seeing the Sydney group get the recognition and love that they truly deserve from the Aussie public.
Check out Gang Of Youths’ ‘The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows’ from their number one album Go Farther In Lightness, below.
Gang Of Youths 2017 National Tour
Thursday, 31st August
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday, 1st September
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Wednesday, 6th September
Festival Hall, Melbourne (All Ages)
Friday, 8th September
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (All Ages)
Wednesday, 13th September
Odeon Theatre, Hobart (All Ages)
Friday, 15th September
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (All Ages)
Saturday, 16th September