Apr 2014 13

Youth Code - Youth CodeYouth Code
Category: Electro / Industrial
Album: Youth Code
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Relentlessly nostalgic, angst-ridden, and caustic, Youth Code draws from its pool of old school influences to create a solidly aggressive first full-length outing.


Do not let the name fool you; Youth Code – perhaps a slightly temperate-sounding moniker for the seething brainchild of Sara Taylor and Ryan William George – is definitely not another Beach House or Computer Magic. Instead, think more along the lines of early Noise Unit, Clock DVA, and a hint of P16.D4. Spawned from the bowels of Los Angeles and backed by Dais Records, this unlikely rivethead duo visibly wears its slew of influences with unapologetic pride in this 10-track industrial assault.

Crude bloodthirsty utterances, throbbing decrepit synths, and scathing samples plague this grossly pessimistic LP that, while repetitive at times, nonetheless swells with animosity. The chemistry between Taylor’s tormented vocals and George’s analog-induced synths and disruptive mantras make for some incredibly infectious rabblerousing anthems like “First & Last” and “Carried Mask.” Like most crafty, older industrial acts, Youth Code’s punishing and grimy soundscapes force feed the listeners machine-reigned, blood-drenched dystopian imagery, which kept reminding this writer of grainy black and white 16mm cult films like Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man in all of its wrapped-in-hardware beauty. In other words, it’s difficult to not enjoy what Youth Code has to offer. As the album progresses, industrial purists dissatisfied with today’s offerings may further find solace in the absolutely hellish and addictive “What is the Answer?” and the obvious nod to early Skinny Puppy found in the funky “No Animal Escapes” and penetrating “Wear the Wounds.”

Undeniably incorporating sounds prevalent in the early Wax Trax! era to :Wumpscut: and the like, these do-it-yourself incendiaries’ debut eschews all current trends in favor of a dose of nostalgia. While not profusely bleeding with innovation, the resolute Youth Code, nearly track after track, sincerely attempts to convey to its listeners what industrial music means to them. Sara Taylor and Ryan William George obviously have an unbridled affinity and knowledge about the genre they intend to revive and it will be interesting to see how they use that next to their advantage.
Track list:

  1. Let the Sky Burn
  2. First & Last
  3. Carried Mask
  4. “Destroy” Said, She
  5. Rest in Piss
  6. What is the Answer?
  7. No Animal Escapes
  8. Distorted Views
  9. Sick Skinned
  10. Wear the Wounds

Youth Code Website http://youthcode.bigcartel.com
Youth Code Facebook https://www.facebook.com/youthcodeforever
Youth Code Twitter https://twitter.com/youth_code
Youth Code SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/youth-code
Youth Code Bandcamp http://youthcode.bandcamp.com
Dais Records Website http://www.daisrecords.com
Dais Records Facebook https://www.facebook.com/daisrecords
Purchase at:
Amazon MP3
Zachary Locke (ZLocke)

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