The anthemic Gang of Youths have returned with the lead single from their as-of-now unannounced third album, marking their first new music since 2017’s riotous Go Farther in Lightness. “the angel of 8th ave.” is a powerful number written about lead singer David Le’aupepe’s marriage and the loss of his father, and the song does a remarkable job of maintaining the U2 and Springsteen-esque grandiosity of their previous work while also incorporating new sonic elements that hint at newer directions for the band. In an interview with Zane Lowe premiering the track, Le’aupepe shared—
“It’s supposed to kind of feel like a swift energetic, like kind of lightning strike, I think. And I think we wanted those things that had kind of inertia and energy and to have that sensibility. But I think there was kind of a part of us that wanted to still tip the cap to what we’d been for so long, but also gestured to the future and gestures to the sounds that we’re obsessed with, gestures to the world that we’re starting to create in this kind of room.”
It’s a ripper of a song, and you can stream it and watch the music video directed by Joel Barney below.