Following on from their triumphant sold-out national album release tour, Sydney-based rockers Gang of Youths are once again hitting the road for a massive national and regional tour across Australia in August and September. They’ll also be making an appearance at Thredbo Village Concert Series presented by Corona.
1. What was the idea behind the title of your debut album ‘The Positions’?
It’s an allusion to the oft maligned and reductive ‘Five Stages Of Grief’, which is an undercooked and oversimplified theoretical construct in and of itself. Something about “The Positions” as a title felt commanding and officious – it felt memorable, like a title for a movie or a novel.
2. What were some of your musical influences whilst writing this album?
To be honest most of the influences came from poetry and literature – Joyce, Yeats, Tom Robbins. Musically I was listening to everything from U2 to Patti Smith to Hüsker Du to Thomas Newman
3. You sold out every show of your last tour and have since announced that you’ll be heading back on the road across the months of August and September, what do you think makes a live show so successful?
Fury, joy, devotion, gratitude and courage. Those are the things we want to embody when we tread the planks.
4. You’ve announced that you’ll also be playing at Thredbo’s Boost Mobile Uni Week, are you excited to be playing up in the slopes?
Haha I’m a fucking horrible snowboarder but I like the cold so it’s 50/50 right now.
5. What Thredbo activities are you most excited to try whilst there, the Onsie Party, Rekorderlig Après Sessions Poolside or the on-mountain Zorb Ball races?
MOTHERFUCKING ZORB BALL RACES DUDE!!