Single Review: Gang of Youths – 'Atlas Drowned'


Aussie rockers Gang of Youths are back with their most politically motivated song to date. 'Atlas Drowned' is the second single to be released off their upcoming album. Gang of Youths are set to follow up their critically acclaimed debut record The Positions with their sophomore album Go Farther in Lightness on August 18. 

The powerful new single was written by frontman David Le-aupepe in response the United States of America's current political climate. It is an analytical assessment of the world around us which frontman Le-aupepe concludes that maybe it is more than just a little messed up. 

The band described the inspiration for the song on their Facebook page in a mini-essay, 
“We are now converging upon a moment in history seen before countless times, wherein this philosophy of rational self-interest is conflated with nationalism, badly taped together like Homer Simpson’s football tax return.” Bonus points for The Simpsons reference – you can read the entire post down below. 

Garage and punk rock elements are found throughout the track, especially in the loud, feverish, pulsating drums.

Frontman Le-aupepe has developed his own unique, distinct voice with lyrics that are verbose, yet frank.  The angry, poetic lyrics include “The whole institution is rigged / and the shit’s going down,” and “I’ll watch as you bleed.” 

The Sydney five-piece have created an anthem for angry millennials who are cynical about politics and what is going around us. The loud and unapologetic track includes a merciless attack on the one percenters. 

Gang of Youths set a thumping pace from the start. The thrashing song makes you want to rebel against anyone in a position of authority. It’s a boisterous punk rock sound wrapped up in a tremendous radical package.   

“the central tenets of “objectivism”, as espoused in the loathsome, inept, lumbering, clunky, boring monstrosity that is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (1957) are contingent on a system she determines to be a form of objective “rational self-interest”. this has, for some reason set the ideological tone for so many wanton, neo-con, boot-licker crybabies for so long, the book itself has become victim of its own reflexive, parodic intellectual posturing. objective? refutable. rational? i don’t for a moment believe that self interest is in any way, rational. it is (to paraphrase david hume), contingent on the passions. it is counter-humanity, truly and deeply antithetical to becoming über. it’s a shame so many of the adherents to this pathetic system seem to conflate nietzsche’s doctrine of the übermensch (every individual can and should become über) with the idiocy of rand’s (some people are just better than others).
humanity’s progress and advancement cannot be attributed to the pissing, moaning and wrenching of a handful of privileged industrialists alone. our great societies were built on the backs of the worker, the “prole”, the individuals that make up collective often labouring under the obscene, unrestrained tyranny of the few. this is not some radical new idea acting as a harbinger of some doomed anarchic futurescape — i believe that this has underlined the history of every great civilisation.we are now converging upon a moment in history seen before countless times, wherein this philosophy of rational self-interest is conflated with nationalism, badly taped together like homer simpson’s football tax return.
reluctantly, i’ll admit that at the very ideological heart of conservatism there is a noble tradition. what we are seeing now globally, en masse is a desecration of this nobility.enough of this shit.”

Written by Megan Venz 

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