The Gospel Youth – Interview

We caught up with The Gospel Youth before their final date at The Key Club on their co-headline tour with Milestones. 


For the people who don’t know you, who are you and what do you do?


Samuel – We’re trying to be a band, We’re emotional pop rock with a hint of soul. Trying to make a living.


How has your co headline tour with Milestones gone so far?


Samuel – 50% of it has been great, the other 50% with Milestones has been terrible but our bits been great.

All – (laughs)


Samuel – It’s been wonderful, they’re great guys and it’s been cool to see people turning up for two small UK bands and the response has been incredible.


What are you expecting from tonight?


Kurtis – I don’t know, every time we’ve played Leeds it’s always been really good. Last time we had our first mosh pit. We sing sad shit and it’s really cool to see.


The last time you were at The Key Club you were supporting Seaway, now you’re here headlining, how does that feel?


Samuel – It’s pretty cool, we’ll see how it goes, we might be headlining to 10 people. It’s cool to see the progression and it’s been really beneficial to us to realise that people are paying an interest and we’re not just doing it in vain I guess.


Where would you like to go from here?

Samuel – Japan….Home first, then Japan. We’ll always keep working and pushing. We’d love to do huge shows but as long as we’re still doing this in 10-15 years’ time, that’s kind of where we want to be, we want the long game.


What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on this tour?


All (splitting story telling between them) – The funniest thing that happened was when we were walking through Leeds before our show today and we were approached by an elderly woman. She was mumbling something under her breath all we could make out was “die”, “over” and “end”. It was really weird and we asked if she was okay, she then began shouting at us. She began stating “Everyone will die, the world is over, in the end there is only blackness”. She then walked away, we stood there stunned, we’re still unsure whether this was a threat or some form of prophecy.


You seem to have been blowing up recently, what is it like getting so much recognition for all your hard work?


Julian – It’s quite hard to see from the inside. This tour we’ve been finding out where we’re at. It’s hard to gauge how much recognition we’re getting.


Samuel – It’s probably quite transparent but we’re all quite self-deprecating when it comes to it. We’ll walk off stage and even in London when there was 150 people singing the words back to us. We’d walk off and be like “We could have done better”


James – It’s hard to realise how it’s doing when you’re in a band yourself. When you first start being in a band you’re just playing shows but you don’t realise that what we were doing, not a lot of people can do that.


Samuel – This is 24/7 for us. If we’re not doing thing all the time, we feel bored and we feel like we’re not doing enough. But to people externally it looks like we’re doing loads. I guess it’s a good way to be as we’ll always be working our hardest.


Always progressing is good.


What are your plans following the release of your latest album?


Julian – We’re trying to stay as busy as we can, without touring too much at the minute. Kind of take things steady.

Samuel – We’re going to do some live studio sessions which are going to be cool, we’re really excited for that. A lot of people on this tour have been like “we didn’t realise you would be as good live as on record” because I guess some bands aren’t as good live as they are on record. So I think to do a little studio session for the people who can’t get out to a show and see us will be really nice.


How did you get started as The Gospel Youth?


Julian – It started with me and Sam, we were working shit jobs a couple of years ago and got bored and started writing music for fun.


Samuel – I was listening to a lot of Dashboard Confessional and was recording with Jules and I was like “ I want to record something like this”. Then a couple of days later I had the demo for Kids sitting in my inbox and was like “This is sick!” and then we recorded it.

Julian – We never really intended for it to be a band, we just did it for fun.

Samuel – When we put Kids online we never thought anyone would care and it was just for our friends and family then we had emails from around the world who were like “What’s happening with this? Who are you guys?” Then the boys in ROAM hooked us up with our first show, which was awful.

Julian – The show was great, we were awful. They were amazing.


Samuel – 9 billion line-up changes later, here we are.


What would be your dream venue to play?


James – Brixton Academy.


Kurtis – There’s loads in London, Shepherds Bush Empire


Samuel – I’d love to play KOKO.


Kev – The Greek Theatre and Red Rocks


Samuel – We’ll play anywhere


Is there anything else you’d like to say?


Kurtis – Thanks for checking us out.


Samuel – Thanks for listening and supporting this crazy little dream of ours. We’ll hopefully see you at a show soon or you can tweet us funny puns about dogs and cats

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