Sydney, Australia’s very own Gang of Youths brought a little rock and roll from down under to The Entry last night. Common Holly and Public Access TV tagged along to fill the bill. After only ten months since their last visit to Minneapolis, Gang of Youths were able to expand their crowd from 20 fans to a sold-out crowd at The Entry. Not only has their audience grown in Minneapolis, but they have also been starting quite a riot at home in Australia.
Common Holly opened the night with edgy and emotional ballads that are sure to connect with those of us reflecting on heart issues. The three-piece from Montreal was able to fill the room with grungy guitar riffs and rich cello melodies.
Each song made me feel like I should be crying in a bathtub surrounded by candles and a picture of my ex.
I would definitely recommend checking out “The Desert” to get a feel for Common Holly’s music.
Public Access TV brought a familiar sense of nostalgia often associated with long road trips with my dad, cassette tapes, and early 80’s movies involving rock bands.
I was pleasantly surprised to feel transported back to The 7th St. Entry during the late 70’s and early 80’s when the venue played host to acts like Talking Heads, Devo, and early David Bowie.
Public Access TV’s set was definitely one I will be talking about this week at work. The highlight of the set was “Metrotech.”
Gang of Youths is a band I have been meaning to see live for quite some time, and they did not disappoint. The band has been touring rigorously over the past year, finally breaking into the American indie scene.
An Australian friend introduced me to them a few years back and I have not been able to stop spinning their music. Passionate lyrics and dynamic swelling instrumentals bring Gang of Youths to life in a way that can only be truly experienced during a live performance. They seamlessly blend screaming intricate guitars and beautiful keys to make up the majority of their sound.
I was extremely impressed at the musicianship of all of the members. “Sjamboksa” was truly incredible live. Although I may be a little biased because it IS my favorite song by them, Gang of Youths found a way to surprise me with a seemingly brand new rendition of it.
All in all, I was so glad to be able to finally see them live. Please come back soon, Gang of Youths.