Youth Code, Night Sins, Volt Direction

Youth Code

Few bands are as committed to classic EBM and Wax Trax-style industrial as Los Angeles' Youth Code. Dark wave is in. Minimal synth. Noise techno. But EBM and early industrial seem to be pushed to the periphery, existing more for nostalgic aging goths than cool young people like you and me. Youth Code seem like cool young people, though, and they employ sampled dialogue and clashing synths without sounding dated or cheesy. "Carried Mask," from their forthcoming debut album, is genuinely menacing, echoing the true sonic terrorism of Throbbing Gristle and its offshoots as opposed to the more poppy and less timeless bounce of, say, Nitzer Ebb. The screamed vocals and cluttered density of noise make "Carried Mask" viscerally exciting, and its production is heavy and crisp, allowing it to feel like a 2013 continuation of the Wax Trax aesthetic rather than a sad 2013 stab at reclaiming the past. - Ad Hoc

Night Sins

Dark, sexy songs in the vein of Christian Death, Bauhaus, Samhain, Type O Negative. Members of Salvation, Mother Of Mercy and Nothing.

Volt Direction

Volt Direction is utterly electric. And it's not just because of the innate chemistry between founding members John Herguth and Alicia Testa. Shoegaze and synth-pop influences make for an undeniably compelling sound, featuring ethereal vocals, atmospheric constructs, and dance beats with an inescapable gravity all their own. Once you enter the sonic world of Volt Direction, you won't be able to leave—simply because you will not want to.

John Herguth brings a wealth of experience as both a writing and performing musician from his time with acts like Atlantic/Pacific, House & Parish, Neil Halstead, and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits) solo band. In Volt Direction, he finally has a place to demonstrate just how adept his hand is at sequencing, synths, and percussion. His translucent vocals, gently buried in the soundscape, are a gorgeous, visceral detail.
Hailing from acts like Microfossils, Wands, and Out Like Lambs, herself a veteran of the electro-dance scene, complementing member Alicia Testa is the essential other half of the duo. Injecting her own developed sensibility of keys, vocals, and percussion, her other-worldly aesthetic winds in and out of the immense landscapes created by Herguth, adding light and dimension.
Don't be fooled by the immense patterns of pulsing rhythms and celestial sound—there are no computers creating these dimensions. All sounds are the product of the painstaking directing of actual hardware instruments; no computers are involved in the making or performance of these songs. Surrounded by a spontaneously erected jungle of carefully selected instrumentation, Volt Direction's live performances captivate audiences who often find they are dancing before they consciously realize that they've gladly given into the sound. Rooms erupt feverishly, where before there was only a sea of mild skepticism.

Volt Direction has spent the summer of 2015 sharpening their knives. Playing with touring acts that have landed in their hometown of Asbury Park, NJ, as well as by invitation at parties for the dream-wave and electro-dance scene, they're also currently writing for debut LP. With plans to tour this spring behind the new release, the band is slated to only gain momentum from this point forward. Get plugged into Volt Direction.


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