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Youth Code

Nick Fancher

Youth Code, Replicant, No Ritual 

When: Thu., May 12, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $12
Right when “Transitions,” the first proper track from Youth Code’s new Commitment to Complications (Dais), rips open its ethereal synth predecessor “(Armed)” and Sara Taylor’s hoarse, ravaged vocals barrel over the hardcore-electro rhythms programmed by Ryan George, it already feels like you’re deep in the muck. That’s because when they’re at their best Youth Code orchestrate claustrophobic environments of cathartic, angry sound, at once foreboding and devoid of hope, lawless and savage. An industrial breakdown of slicing beats and flickering strobe lights (“Anagnorisis”)—one somehow held steady by lyrical themes of disgust—might transition into an almost orchestral ’scape of swelling synths that support, you know it, plenty more about toil and disappointment (“Doghead”). That’s the tone of the aggressive EBM genre that Youth Code are loyal to—hat tip to Front 242, Skinny Puppy, and the like—where part of the mission is to convince a sliver of society that it’s probably best to effectively deprogram and revolt.
— Kevin Warwick
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