"..an even more menacing atmosphere.."
Youth Code Bio:
Los Angeles Duo Youth Code are raw, punishing, industrious electronics built from the seeds of hardcore and early Wax Trax. Ryan William George and Sara Taylor blend chaos with catchy dance undertones to create a sonic fury paralleled to none. Formed in 2012, Using all hardware to perform, Youth Code have already proven their path with being the first band outside of Psychic TV to be put out by PTV’s own label ” Angry Love Productions ” as well as a full length LP on the flawless Dais Records roster due out this summer.
Hello, how are you?
S: I'm doing pretty good. Getting ready to go to work and drinking my billionth cup of coffee.
What are you currently listening to?
S: My musical taste is all over the place, but lately I've had a steady diet of classic Sara Jams (Cro Mags, Pantera, Skinny Puppy, Pulp) as well as being really into things like Forces (from Australia) God Module and some newer Hardcore/ Metal stuff like Nomads and Alpha & Omega.
Is there a story behind the band name?
S: We were out hanging with our friend Greh Holger (Hive Mind, Chondritic Sound) and starting joke bands, pulling words out of the air and looking at household items - we came up with ours (Youth Code) and he was going to do a band called Flat Andre. When we actually wanted to do a serious musical endeavour together Youth Code just seemed like the perfect fit. It had a sound of militance - almost reminiscent of old Hardcore, and also strict like old Industrial and EBM. We didn't think the band would do as well as it did after one show, but since there was an overwhelming amount of support- we couldn't just change the name of the band So it just stuck.
Care to shed some light on your latest LP; theme, favorite track(s), etc?
S: We're definitely growing as songwriters the longer we do a project together, but our progression is still in tact with the style that we enjoy. Harsh yet danceable. My personal faves on the record are "No Animal Escapes" ( an eerie yet disciplined type beat) and.... fuck... all of it really. It really forced us to put our heads together with staying within our area, yet branching out effectively. To me, creating with the person you love can be some of the most brutal yet amazing energy- so harnessing it effectively is a definite trick.
Will you be touring extensively for said release?
S: Hopefully! The goal is to try to play wherever anyone wants us to be. We've played with Punk bands, Hardcore bands, Noise bands, Minimal Synth- whatever. And we aim to be able to keep that up for as long as we can do it.
What is your opinion on the current/general state of Industrial music today?
S: it seems to be opening back up. People are starting to cite Industrial as an influence right now and that is exciting to me. You see kids at Hardcore shows wearing Front 242 shirts, Grimes talking about Skinny Puppy- all kinds of stuff. I might be alone in my tastes but I liked things from all realms of Industrial.... from early Wax Trax, to Noisier experimental stuff, to the Clubby-Goth type of jams to even the metal influenced more guitar and live drums type stuff.... the fact that it's something that has elements for anyone makes it amazing, and the more people that vibe on it the more it can evolve.
Got any other projects we should know about?
S: I've been talking with some friends about starting an all girl tribute to the Cro-Mags called Ho-Mags and maybe turning it into a babe Hardcore band, toying around with ideas about solo ventures, but for the time being - all of my attention goes to this band so that it can grow and flourish and get the work it needs to thrive.
What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
S: I'm gonna say probably anything by Jodorowsy because of how fucked and amazing his visions are.
You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
S: I totally can't do this question.
Are you living your dream?
S: Absolutely. It's a lot of hard work- I have 2 jobs and then dedicate every piece of free time to the band, but it is an absolute dream to be able to do something creative, much less with the guy I wanna spend the rest of my life with and have it bear awesome results.
Youth Code recently released their debut LP, I STRONGLY recommend you get that now...