Omnipotent Youth Society

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Omnipotent Youth Society
Years active2002–present
Musical career
OriginShijiazhuang, Hebei
  • Dong Yaqian
  • Ji Geng
  • Yang Yougeng
  • Shi Li
Past members
  • Li Zenghui
  • Xun Liang
  • Cui Xudong

Omnipotent Youth Society (Chinese: 万能青年旅店; pinyin: Wàn Néng Qīng Nián Lǚ Diàn) (OYS), is a Chinese alternative rock band that was formed in the late '90s in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, an industrial city in northern China.[1] Currently it has four members: Dong Yaqian (Er Qian) (lead vocals, guitar), Ji Geng (bass), Yang Yougeng (Xiao Geng) (drums) and Shi Li (trumpet).[2] Most songs were written by Dong Yaqian (music) and Ji Geng (lyrics).


OYS started performing in Shijiazhuang in the late 1990s. The band was first named "The Nico", after the daughter of a member of the band Blind Melon. The name was changed to Omnipotent Youth Society in 2002.

OYS released their first single "Not Omnipotent Comedy" in 2006.

OYS's first album (the only one so far[when?]) was released in 2010, after the band's name.

On January 12, 2013, Han Han, a famous Chinese writer, advocated for OYS by writing lyrics for the song "Killing the One From Shijiazhuang".[3]

In October 2014, OYS performed in Central Park in New York City in the Modern Sky Festival by the Beijing-based organization Modern Sky.

In October 2015, OYS toured Taiwan.

Musical style and influences[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Date of release Album Record company
12 November 2010 Omnipotent Youth Society (万能青年旅店)


  • 2006 <不万能的喜剧> (Not Omnipotent Comedy)
  • 2013 <乌云典当记> (A Tale of the Stormy Pawn Shop)
  • 2015 <冀西南林路行> (A Walk in the Woods of Southwestern Hebei)


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Interview: Omnipotent Youth Society".
  3. ^ James Tiscione. "Friday Night Musical Outro: Omnipotent Youth Society".

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