Industrial music is a genre of experimental/electronic music that draws on transgressive or provocative sounds and themes.
How many of you have ever been in the middle of a swirling mosh pit at a concert? Well if you have, then you should completely understand how cool industrial music is. The bands found in this genre embrace the outer fringes of counter culture, are often seen wearing combat boots, leather jackets and listen to the darkwave of alternative and electronic music. Industrial and electronic have bridged off multiple new genres as of late, including WitchHouse, Darkwave, Cold Waves and Minimal Wave, each with their own distinct sound and prescence within the industrial music category.
Youth Code emerged onto the music scene in 2013 with a limited edition 7" and then a full length self-titled album. Only in 2014 did the band get the exposure they truly deserved when they opened for the Skinny Puppy 'alliance of sound tour' in support of their A Place to Stand album. The soundscape of Youth Code is a familiar one for those long time fans of the industrial music scene. Tinges of Skinny Puppy, Nitzer Ebb, Doubting Thomas and Psychic TV are easily recognizable as influences in shaping their rough, aggressive sound. This is a breath of fresh air for fans of industrial. When first listening to Youth Code, I immediately said to myself, "It's about fucking time!" - a reference to the industrial scene being very stale, redundant and wimpy sounding (sorry FLA fans). For those who go to concerts to thrust and get pulverized in the mosh pits of doom, only KMFDM, Ministry, Rammstein and a short list of others will give you the adrenalin rush you are looking for...but now, we have one more kick ass band to bow at the alter of 130 decibel crushing beats, crushing vocals, crashing synths, smashing bodies, and ringing ears.
Commitment to Complications
2016 marks the return of this amazing band...fronted by Ryan George (synths, programming, vocals) and Sara Taylor (vocals), their new release is called Commitment to Complications, which continues to blaze the electronic darkwave, witchhouse, electro and industrial scenes with dance chart singles Anagnorisis, and Transitions. Available in various coloured vinyl variations (- 100 on Yellow Splatter on Clear - 400 on Opaque Violet - 500 on Black/White Marble & Swirl- 900 on Black) which always makes the vinyl collectors happy as hell. The vibe of this album is harder and more punk industrial influenced, with additional influences I detect from The Faint, Crystal Castles and maybe a little bit of Bestial Mouths. The stand out tracks on this new release to me include the single Transitions, Shift of Dismay and Glass Splitter. In fact, Glass Splitter reminds me a lot of the Skinny Puppy album, Rabies, which gets my adrenalin pumping just thinking about it!
If you want to scare the hell out of your friends, buy this record. If you want to purge yourself from the mundane, the ordinary and the curled mustache scenesters then start burning your coloured socks and immediately buy a pair of your favourite monkey boots or combat boots so you can join us in the mosh pits when Youth Code hit the clubs on tour!