The Young Gods

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The Young Gods
The Young Gods (2019)
The Young Gods (2019)
General information
origin Friborg , Switzerland
Genre (s) Post-industrial
founding 1985
Founding members
Franz Treichler
Cesare Pizzi (until 1988, since 2012)
Frank Bagnoud (until 1987)
Current occupation
Franz Treichler
Cesare Pizzi (until 1988, since 2012)
Bernard Trontin (since 1997)
former members
Urs "Üse" Hiestand (1986–1996)
Al Comet (1989-2012)
Vincent Hänni (2006-2011)

The Young Gods ( Engl. "The young gods") is a post-industrial band from Switzerland , which in 1985 in Freiburg was founded and currently from Franz Treichler (vocals), Cesare Pizzi (sampler) and Bernard Trontin (drums, formerly The Needles ). The name of the band was inspired by the song Young God by the American band Swans .


In 2006, the Young Gods played two special programs, especially in Switzerland: Under the name “Play Woodstock”, they played songs from the concert film Woodstock together with the singer Erika Stucky and showed original images from the film. They also played in "Unplugged" concerts with acoustic guitars , drums and melodica .

Most of the 2010 albums and Everybody Knows released up to 2007 were produced by Swiss Roli Mosimann ( The The , Faith No More , Marilyn Manson , New Order , Nerve ).

Style and meaning

The music consists mainly of drums, samplers and vocals and at times guitar, although the type of music varies greatly from album to album. On the album Play Weill , the band covers pieces by Kurt Weill from the Threepenny Opera and from the rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny , e.g. B. Pirate Jenny and Alabama Song .

The Young Gods have achieved a relatively high level of awareness within their genre. You will e.g. B. by Mike Patton ( Faith No More ), Devin Townsend , Nine Inch Nails or Ministry as a formative influence.

Solo projects

Some musicians also pursue solo projects: Among other things, Franz Treichler composed music for dance pieces by the choreographer Gilles Jobin . Al Comet performs solo with sitar and has released several solo albums. Bernard Trontin works primarily with jazz musicians like Pierre Favre . He released an album under the name trontin-jones in November 2006 together with Simon Huw Jones , the singer of the English band And Also the Trees .


year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1987 The Young Gods CH22 (2 weeks)
1992 TV Sky CH26 (6 weeks)
1995 Only Heaven CH11 (8 weeks)
2000 Second Nature CH59 (3 weeks)
2007 Super Ready / Fragmenté CH21 (4 weeks)
2008 Knock on Wood CH21 (5 weeks)
2010 Everybody knows CH9 (5 weeks)
2019 Data Mirage Tangram CH5 (7 weeks)

More albums

  • L'Eau rouge (1989)
  • Play Kurt Weill (1991)
  • Live Sky Tour (1993)
  • Heaven Deconstruction (1996)
  • Live Noumatrouff, 1997 (2001)
  • Music for Artificial Clouds (2003)
  • XXY (best of album, 2005)
  • Truce Diaries (2006)

Solo albums

  • Trontin-Jones: November (2006)
  • Al Comet: White Planet (2004)
  • Franz Treichler: Braindance (2001)

Web links

Commons : The Young Gods  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. The Young Gods in the Swiss hit parade