The Young Gods

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The Young Gods
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The Young Gods in 2019
Background information
Also known asTYG
OriginFribourg, Switzerland
Years active1985–present[4]
  • Franz Treichler
  • Bernard Trontin
  • Cesare Pizzi
Past members
  • Alain Monod
  • Vincent Hänni
  • Patrice Bagnoud
  • Urs Hiestand

The Young Gods are a Swiss industrial rock band from Fribourg. The band's original lineup consisted of a trio composed by a vocalist, a keyboardist/sampler operator, and a drummer. In 2007, a fourth member joined the band. Their instrumentation often includes sampled electric guitars, drums, keyboards, and other samples.[4] AllMusic refers to them as "electro-noise terrorists." The lyrics are written in English, French and German.


Their name is taken from an early EP by the no wave/noise rock band Swans. Artists influenced by the Young Gods include Pitchshifter, Mike Patton, Sepultura, The Edge (as stated in U2 by U2), Devin Townsend, Ithak, Econoline Crush and David Bowie; asked in 1995 if his album Outside was influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Bowie answered: "The band that I was actually quite taken with was three guys from Switzerland called the Young Gods... I’d been aware of them previous to knowing about Nine Inch Nails."[5]

Roli Mosimann of Swans has worked with the group as a producer. In 2007 they did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session. Notable hits are: "Did You Miss Me?", "Envoyé!", "Longue Route", "Skinflowers", and "Kissing the Sun".

In December 2012, the Young Gods gave a small series of concerts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first album (1987). The group will play songs from their first two albums ("The Young Gods" and "L'eau rouge"). The line-up will be Franz Treichler (vocals), Bernard Trontin (drums) and Cesare Pizzi (samplers).

The group supplied original music for the 2012 animated short film, Kali the Little Vampire, which went on to win over 20 international awards.[6]



  • Franz Treichler (a.k.a. Franz Muse) – Vocals, the only constant member[4]
  • Cesare Pizzi (a.k.a. Ludan Dross) – Keyboards, co-founder (1985–1988, since 2012)[7]
  • Bernard Trontin – Drums (since 1997)


  • Alain Monod (a.k.a. Al Comet) – Keyboards (1989–2012)
  • Vincent Hänni – Guitar, bass guitar, electronics
  • Patrice Bagnoud (a.k.a. Frank Bagnoud) [8] – Drums
  • Urs "Üse" Hiestand – Drums



  1. ^ Cusack, Chris (29 August 2011). "Ipecac Records: "The industry can change, but we will continue to do our thing"". The Skinny. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ Framp, Scott (September 1995). "Young Gods – Only Heaven". CMJ (25): 15.
  3. ^ Gill, Andy (11 May 2007). "Album: The Young Gods: Super Ready/Fragmente". The Independent. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c The Young Gods. "Everybody Knows (Biography)". The Young Gods (Official Site). Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  5. ^ Newquist, HP (January 1996). "No Longer A Lad Insane". Guitar. Archived from the original on 2011-01-06.
  6. ^ Lusa and PÚBLICO (January 30, 2014). "Kali, o Pequeno Vampiro exibido enquanto "património cultural internacional" em festival da UNESCO". (in Portuguese). Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "An Interview With: The Young Gods | O2 Academy Birmingham". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  8. ^ Patrice Bagnoud, alias Frank Bagnoud, died after a long illness in June 2005 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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