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Youth Code

Los Angeles-based duo Sara Taylor and Ryan George founded Youth Code in 2012, six months after they started dating, and initially put together the project to play for local record store Vacation Vinyl, where Taylor worked. No strangers to the music scene -- with George originally fronting straight-edge punk outfit Carry On and Taylor working as a tour manager -- the pair quickly turned heads with their brutal mix of EBM and industrial. Their first recorded material appeared on a demo cassette just a few months after their initial live show and featured four tracks that had been recorded just prior. Hooking up with Angry Love Productions -- a label run by Psychic TV's Edward O'Dowd -- for their first proper release, the single Keep Falling Apart appeared in mid-2013, followed quickly by their self-titled debut album, released on Dais Records. With their sound crossing over into the hardcore punk scene they had come from and the EBM and industrial scenes, the pair found themselves being asked to support the likes of punk outfit AFI, shoegaze-inspired Nothing, and industrial pioneers Front 242 in the beginning of 2014. Youth Code released an EP, A Place to Stand, in September, again on Dais Records, which was remixed by the likes of former Sandwell District member Silent Servant, noise-hop merchants clipping, and Florida-based dark electronica outfit God Module. The compilation An Overture, bringing together the entire band's output up to that point, was released just a month later. The duo followed with a year of extensive and successful touring with industrial legends Skinny Puppy before releasing their second full-length release, Commitment to Complications, in 2016. ~ Rich Wilson

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