The Young Gods

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This article is about the Swiss band. For the Marvel Comics group, see Young Gods (comics). For the album, see Little Angels. For the movie, see Young Gods (film).
The Young Gods
The Young Gods 2.jpg
The Young Gods in 2007
Background information
Also known as TYG
Origin Fribourg, Switzerland
Years active 1985–present[4]
  • Franz Treichler
  • Alain Monod
  • Bernard Trontin
  • Vincent Hänni
Past members
  • Cesare Pizzi
  • Patrice Bagnoud
  • Urs Hiestand

The Young Gods are a Swiss post-industrial band from Fribourg. The band's 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] 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."[6]

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.[7]



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


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


Studio albums
Title Year Label
The Young Gods 1987 Wax Trax![5]
L'Eau Rouge 1989 Play It Again Sam
The Young Gods Play Kurt Weill 1991 Play It Again Sam
T.V. Sky 1992 Play It Again Sam
Only Heaven 1995 Interscope Records
Heaven Deconstruction 1996 Play It Again Sam
Second Nature 2000 Ipecac
Music for Artificial Clouds 2004 Intoxygene, Make Up
Super Ready/Fragmenté 2007 Ipecac
Everybody Knows 2010 Two Gentlemen


  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). Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Discogs (1987). "The Young Gods (self-titled album)" (Wax Trax! Records #WAX7135 - LP, Album, CD). Discogs. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Newquist, HP (January 1996). "No Longer A Lad Insane". Guitar. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Patrice Bagnoud, alias Frank Bagnoud, died after a long illness in June 2005

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