Shortly after releasing one of our favorite records of the year (so far) last month, hardcore industrial power duo Youth Code announced they’d be hitting the road with two of our other current favorite bands, Mutoid Man and Baroness. Sadly that tour didn’t have a date in Philly, and we missed out when Mutoid Man hit Underground Arts last week, but we weren’t missing Youth Code, especially in our own back yard at the spiffy new Foundry bar inside Fishtown’s The Fillmore, super early set time be damned!
About that early set time: When I saw YC post on Twitter about an 8pm start, I almost couldn’t believe it (they even joked about it on stage), still, there’s worse things to do on a Sunday night than see a kick ass band rip the stage and still be home in time for Game of Thrones, though it did mean we completely slept on Philly post punkers Psychic Teens (check them out anyway, they’re awesome), and almost missed local synth goddess Void Vision, but what we heard sounded great, especially bouncing off of the excellent acoustics in the state of the art new venue (check her out too).
At nearly 8pm on the dot the strains of “Commitment To Complications” opener “(Armed)” began to echo through the room, Ryan George taking position behind his mountain of retro gear as if it was some sort of massive death dealing gun turret and Sara Taylor stalking the stage like a caged and wounded beast, Youth Code, ready to strike. Classic industrial music always brings to mind the warlike and militaristic, think Ministry’s “New World Order” or KMFDM’s “Drug Against War”, and if anything in industrial is, was or ever has been a weapon of mass destruction it’s Sara Taylor’s voice, a well-oiled machine of scorched earth rasp that never quivered or wavered throughout the band’s entire lengthy set,. As I said in my review of the record, she stands toe to toe with and even surpasses the best of the best in black metal, hardcore, death metal or whatever else you got. The twosome led the small but spirited crowd of Sunday evening revelers through a perfect collection of old and new bangers, including scream-alongs of old favorites “To Burn Your World” and “Consuming Guilt” and rousing renditions of new jams “Avengement” and “Transitions”, somehow even fiercer than on wax.
So if the Baroness/Mutoid Man/YC team up tour of the year (though there is stiff competition) doesn’t roll through your town, don’t fret, you might just get to have its most vital, innovative and dangerous act (and trust me, I love all those bands) all to yourself.
Words and Photos by Kevin Hawkey