Sydney’s Gang Of Youths are one of the most thrilling and emotive live acts in music today, and if you’ve ever fallen for the pulverising, anthemic power that Arcade Fire dish out nightly when they’re on tour, then you could do worse than give them a listen.
Singer Dave Le’aupepe stars in their new video for ‘Magnolia’, a song about a heavy and somewhat heartbreaking subject matter which he’s written about in more detail on the band’s Facebook page – copied here:
“June 3rd 2014, Mosely Street, Strathfield. In a state of puerile drunken delirium, reeling from having my heart fucked beyond all recognition and knowing my marriage was about to fall apart, I tried to kill myself.
“The want was gone. The care was gone and with the want and the care went the joy and the laughter and the will until all that was left was the heart, and it was tired. My friends called the police just in time to intercept me and I was taken to a clinic to detox from booze and began a process of healing and self-discovery that is still ongoing in my life today.
“I wrote a jaunty pop song called ‘Magnolia’ as part of that process as an apology to those I loved, a reaffirmation of myself and a commemoration of that moment I found myself as a jilted lover with a body full of liquor, feeling like the saddest and freest motherfucker in the cosmos…”
We spoke to Dave about the video, which we’re premiering below, and he explained how he and director Josh Harris treated the project.
“It’s a claustrophobic and tense subject matter to be sure, so our brilliant, Melbourne-based director Josh Harris and I wanted to highlight the more wanton freewheeling and cathartic moments of what is at the strange euphoric heart of the song. A deep freeness, a sense of loss, a sadness; living somewhere between when the ‘want’ is gone and when every visceral desire is fierce and burning.
“After watching Singin’ In The Rain for maybe the millionth time, I figured that the sense of pathos in the track in conjunction with the pelvis-dominated, eyes-dilated, gyration-emphatic dancing and West Side Story on lower-east side drugs atmosphere in the video clip made for good drama and contrast. We wanted to highlight both the heartbreak and the fun, the urgency and poise and do it without the trite and bullshitty ‘restraint’ or ‘artiness’ that’s become, like, the recurring indie-alt-press bourgeoisie nightmare. It’s not ‘cool’ or anything, but you know. It’s fun. Dancing and smashing and burning stuff is fun.”
Here’s the video: