DRUMMER BOY: Newcastle’s Dom Borzestowski, centre, with his Gang Of Youths bandmates. Picture: Maclay HeriotGANG Of Youths’ second album Go Farther In Lightness has been universally praised since its release last week.
A five-star reviewinRolling Stone, even in 2017, carries weight.
The album holds special importancefor Gang Of Youths’ Newcastle-bred drummer Dom Borzestowski. The former St Philips Christian College student joined the Sydney five-piece in late 2014 as they were putting the finishing touches to their hitdebut The Positions.
Borzestowski played on the tracks Restraint & Release and The Overpass, which were recorded in his Newcastle home studio, but every snare and tom tom is his on Go Farther In Lightness.
“This album is pretty significant for me as well personally, because it’s actually the first full album I’ve ever recorded with a band,” Borzestowski said.
“I’ve played on different songs and even the first album The Positions, Iplayed two songs, but I’ve neverrecorded a whole body of work with a band I’m in.”
Go Farther In Lightness is a boldstatement. A 77-minute and 16-track opus where lead singer and songwriter Dave Le’aupepe channels The National’sMatt Berninger and Bruce Springsteen in equal measure.
Gang Of Youths – The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest ShadowsIt’s an ambitious record from an unashamedly ambitious band.
In March Gang Of Youths followed the well-trodden path of many great Australian acts bymovingto London where they settled into a five-bedroom house together.
“We settled on London as the next step aswe wanted to be based in the northern hemisphere to make touring easier,” Borzestowski said.
“Australia is so faraway from the rest of the world and it’s quite expensive to fly us all over for tours, so the easiest thing at this point in time was to be based there. Because no one really knows who we are in Europe and the US and we wanted to chip away at those markets more and get our music out.”
Gang Of Youths already sound like a band born to play stadiums. Tracks like What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out and Fear and Tremblingare hand-over-the-heart anthems asking to be belted outby thousands in unison.
FIVE-STAR RATING: Gang Of Youths on the cover of the September edition on the Australian Rolling Stone.
Borzestowski still remainsaNovocastrian kid whoenjoys banging the skins with old friends like Adam Miller at the Grand Hotel’s jazz nightswhen he’s home,but are stadiums the end goal?
“We’re definitely very ambitious with it, but we don’t want to cater our stuff for that end result,” he said.“Dave [Le’aupepe] just writes what he’s feeling and if that’s what comes out and that’s where it takes us, then that’s sweet.
“We do love playing smaller or medium-sized rooms as well and there’s more of an intimacy there, whereasyou might lose that in a stadium. It’s hard to say where it’ll take us, but my dream one day would be toplay in a stadium.”