Gang Of Youths have shared a final preview of their imminent new album – listen to the monstrous ‘Spirit Boy’ below.
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Speaking of ‘Spirit Boy’ in a statement, Gang Of Youths frontman Dave Le’aupepe said: “We were fortunate to have Shane McLean, an outstanding musician and Taonga Pūoro facilitator, write and perform a spoken verse in Te Reo Māori. A wonderful Māori woman performed ‘rongoā’ on me — a sacred healing practice.
“It was a transformative experience, and I’m still not quite sure why. There was a moment when this wonderful woman looked at me and said ‘you’re a wairua boy’ — wairua in Te Reo means something like ‘spirit’.”
Listen to the new single below.
Following the album’s release, the band will head out on a UK headline tour. It comes after the band rescheduled their 2022 European dates, but assured fans that their UK gigs will go ahead.
The band’s UK and Ireland tour dates remain unchanged and are listed here:
3 – Dublin, Button Factory
5 – Newcastle, Riverside Newcastle
6 – Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
8 – Leeds, Beckett
9 – Bristol, O2 Academy Bristol
12 – Birmingham, O2 Institute2 (O2 Institute Birmingham)
13 – Manchester, Albert Hall
15 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
For any remaining tickets, visit here.
Watch the band perform ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave’ for NME Home Sessions here.