The default terms for any kind of new rock-based band seem to be "indie" or "alternative" rock, which can conjure up anything from R.E.M. to Spoon. I would not use either of those words to describe Gang of Youths. This is a passionate five-piece band already ready for bigger stages. Its songs are anthemic and its frontman, David Le'aupepe, is a talent to be reckoned with — U2 comparisons come to mind.
Gang of Youths formed in 2012; it released its debut album, The Positions, in 2015 and a follow-up EP this past summer. Though the band was new to World Cafe before this session, we'd become believers by the end.