Gang of Youths

Gang of Youths

Oh Pep!, Surf Rock is Dead

Mon, February 13, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 18 and over

Gang of Youths - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Gang of Youths
bold-yet-brooding music akin to Alligator-era the National” – Stereogum

“poignant cello-led ballads and explosive bar rock” – Pitchfork

“one of the most thrilling and emotive live acts in music today” - NME

One of Australia’s most talked about bands of the last year, Gang Of Youths, are coming to New York this February for a 3 show residency playing 2 nights at the Mercury Lounge followed by a performance at Rough Trade.

Regarded as one of Australia’s best live acts, Gang Of Youths will be previewing material from their upcoming sophomore album, which is the follow-up to their highly praised debut album ‘The Positions’. This is not the band’s first visit to North American shores, having both lived in Nashville, and recorded their debut album in New York with Kevin McMahon (Swans, Rhett Miller, Titus Andronicus), which was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit).

Their debut record landed at #5 on the Australian album charts (ARIA charts) and notched five ARIA Award nominations, including “Best Rock Album.” The Positions received acclaim internationally from The Guardian, Stereogum, Rolling Stone Australia, Neon Gold, and more as the band supported the likes of Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, and Manchester Orchestra on the road. They have since followed this record up with a new EP titled ‘Let Me Be Clear’ in July 2016 which landed at #2 in Australian charts.

To date the band have clocked up over 10,000,000 Spotify streams, they have been selling out some Australia’s most prestigious venues, and have played festivals across the world including Splendour In The Grass, Southbound Festival, Laneway Festival, Primavera, The Great Escape, and SXSW.
Oh Pep! - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Oh Pep!
The sometimes foot-stomping, somewhat heart-breaking, multiawardwinning Melbourne duo, Oh Pep! comprise of Olivia 'Liv' Hally and Pepita 'Pep' Emmerichs. Their new EP Living is out now through Star House Collective.

Oh Pep! are currently in the middle of a North American tour that kicked off at Americana's in September where they were hailed as "Newest and Most Promising Artists" by NPR All Songs Considered. At CMJ they were picked by Jon Pareles of the New York Times as his "CMJ keepers" and KCRW's "11 Artists who stole the Fest". The band also recorded an NPR Tiny Desk, KEXP Session and Daytrotter session on the road.

Their current single, The Race, hit #11 on CBC Radio 2 and has been featured on KEXP, NPR All Songs Considered, The Line of the Best Fit- Song of the Day, The Bluegrass Situation and Exclaim!.

Not even 23 years of age, Oh Pep! have been awarded Young Folk Performer of the Year 2014 and two time nominees for Best Folk Roots by The Age Music Victoria Award 2014 & 2015 in their native Australia.
Surf Rock is Dead - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Surf Rock is Dead
Hailing from Chicago and Melbourne, Australia, Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg--together Surf Rock is Dead--embody the beachiness of their namesake's genre through a new wave filter.

Their intercontinental exploration has led to all six highly praised releases charting in top 25 on tastemaker favorite Hype Machine, love from Spotify on its venerable "Fresh Finds", "undercurrents", "Lo-Fi Sounds", and "Modern Psychadelia" playlists, Apple featuring them as New Music, selection as a Kitsuné Hot Tracks compilation, the honor of being considered "Music That Matters" by KEXP, and extended rotation in the College Music Journal (CMJ)'s Top 200--including 2 weeks inside the Top 20. And they've done it all completely independently.

Four of those six tracks were included on their recently released SRiD EP: “Anymore,” which "at its modern surf music, but" with "nothing frothy about it" (Under the Radar); “Zen A,” a song as swelled out as the waves that open the track--"a strange contradiction that leaves you pressing play on the track over and over again" (NYLON); “Late Risers,” a dreamy haze ribboned by its Cure-inspired bass that is "a testament to the power of the human imagination--and their bleached grooves—that...can conjure a baking beach and some existential ennui in the middle of a frigid winter" (NOISEY); and "Never be the Same," which yields "softly hued piece of cute-as-hell indie pop with some serious surf vibes...a heavenly confection" (CLASH Magazine).

Most recently, Billboard described their latest single "In Between" (off their upcoming EP) as "modern surf music that makes you feel the need for the track on repeat".

And like their recordings do, and Time Out New York noticed when they named Surf Rock is Dead as one of the Best Acts of CMJ 2015 two years ago and OhMyRockness named the band one of its hardest working bands for two years in a row, the duo's captivating live show crashes over you in the best way possible.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002