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Youth Code

Eric Klein

Youth Code, Coming, Surachai, Auditor 

When: Mon., Feb. 3, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $8
After industrial music’s brief moment of mainstream popularity in the mid-90s, it lost its sense of direction in a big way, trading in its legacy of intellectualism and mad-scientist electronic experimentation for corny cyber-rave dreadlock extensions and steampunk goggles. A growing number of young artists are working to turn back the clock to a time before The Downward Spiral broke, when industrial was still genuinely smart and scary. Los Angeles duo Youth Code’s self-titled debut, released last fall on Dais Records, is one of the more successful attempts I’ve heard. It follows a formula that dates from the 80s heyday of legendary local label Wax Trax!, which still sounds fresh despite years on mothballs: gnarlified synthesizers and throat-mangling screams laid atop a bed of drum programming that’s simultaneously brutal and highly danceable. For at least some of us, intensely negative emotions and punishing electronic noise will never go out of style. —Miles Raymer Coming, Surachai, and Auditor open.

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