It was a bit of a mad 2015 for Sydney’s Gang of Youths. Successful tours, acclaimed debut album, ARIA nominations and multiple AU Live Music Award nods down and these boys still had enough energy to throw down some brilliant end-of-year festival sets down the coast and in Tassie for the Falls Festival. After their set at Mt. Duneed Estate, frontman Dave Le’aupepe sat down with Bridget to talk about the important things, including which Sex and the City characters he (and the rest of the band) would most likely be.
“I’m having fun,” he laughs, mentioning the band’s festival run. “I’m like a child, I infantalise everything and everything’s like a fucking adventure. I’m all full of feelings so generally, this stuff’s like, ‘Yeah! This is great!’ – even if I’m throwing up in a waste basket after the show and it’s 45 degrees. I’m happy.”
Having called out festival bros’ inappropriate behaviour during the set earlier that day, Le’aupepe expands on the band’s annoyance with people who roll up to live shows with the intent on making others feel uncomfortable – something more people should be taking more note of.
“There’s an element of respect that is any member of the audience’s own, my friend calls it the ‘purple circle’, it’s a space where people don’t invade your privacy. Especially if you’re a fucking woman…goddam it man, you’re owed your sense of space, you’re owed your sense of privacy, you’re owed an ability to keep your person unmolested.”
Watch the full interview below!