The Young Gods - Biography

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The Young Gods (TYG) is a Swiss Industrial music band. The band's lineup has generally consisted of a vocalist, a sampler operator and a drummer. Their instrumentation often includes sampled electric guitars, drums, keyboards, and other samples. The lyrics are a mix of English, French and a bit of German.

Their name is taken from an early EP by the no wave/industrial rock band Swans.

The band has been exploring Industrial music from obscure new wave to new age vibe. TYG has the respect of major bands such as Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and KMFDM. Other artists influenced by The Young Gods include Mike Patton, The Edge (as stated in U2 by U2), Devin Townsend, Econoline Crush and David Bowie; asked in 1995 if his album Outside was influenced by Nine Inch Nails, he answered: "No. I was influenced by a Swiss band called The Young Gods."

They are generally considered to have been about 20 years ahead of their times, generating music that could still be considered on the bleeding edge today (due to the reliance on samples and sequencers, their concerts sound pretty much the same today as they did then).