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Only Heaven: Franz Treichler Of The Young Gods' Favourite Albums
John Mullen , January 16th, 2014 10:29

The Swiss industrial trio's frontman gives John Mullen a whistle-stop tour of his favourite 13 records

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"I've got a present for you," growled Franz Treichler on 2000's 'Astronomic'. "I've got a present for you - the future, the future…".

It's a promise the Young Gods have more than come good on over the past quarter of a century. The sampler, not the guitar, has been the band's weapon of choice (even though Treichler is a classically-trained guitarist). After all these years, they are still masters of sculpting colossal slabs of abstract noise, rocking avant-hard.

I chat to Franz on the day the band are playing their one London date of 2013, a set drawing on their magnificent first two albums, The Young Gods and L'eau Rouge. Time is severely limited – due to heinous flight delays, the band haven't eaten "since Berlin". Luckily, Franz talks very-very-very-quickly indeed, yet with utmost precision - we hurtle through his 13 albums like one of the more jet-propelled Young Gods tracks.

So, before he heads off to Thai Square - maybe for a l'eau rouge chicken curry? - Franz and the Quietus feast on an incredibly varied musical menu, with plenty of surprise dishes. The Young Gods take their name from a Swans' track, but there's no Gira on the list ("I've spoken about Swans quite a lot over the years"). Plus, despite sampling the greatest composers, there are no classical music choices - "I thought about that – maybe you could put Stravinsky's Firebird as a bonus choice?"

Among the matters resolved are how Bertolt Brecht helped invent pop music, the importance of Ringo Starr and how to teach yourself English the Jim Morrison way. So click on the choices below to discover how the future's meant to feel…


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Jan 17, 2014 7:16pm

Saw the Young Gods early on in Glasgow and Switzerland. Great selection, particularly Rhythm & Sound's first and of course Agharta.

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Jan 17, 2014 9:10pm

I saw the Young Gods at the Sheffield Leadmill, wow! Mesmeric.. !!! Like Jim Morrison fronting an electronic enfused Stooges, all your favourite bands, distilled, rolled up, spat out in technicolour, within touching distance, that voice,that, voice!. Franz exudes the coolness of the Lizard King and he has a cool record collection to boot, most of my favourite things! Right, I'm off to dig out L'Eau Rouge.... D'accord?

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Taun Aengus
Jan 18, 2014 5:23pm

OK OK this is WAY too weird---this guy is like channeling my life and listening. Well-except for Cat Powers. Good on ya'
Keep up the great music.

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Jan 20, 2014 8:14am

L.A. Woman, Meddle, White Chalk... nice!

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window breaker
Jan 21, 2014 10:26pm

The Young Gods - one of best, still in my opinion underrated european bands. Lots of much more famous musicians owe them

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art damij
Feb 4, 2014 8:13pm

Great list,GREAT voice,great frontman,great band.

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Dale Haskell
Dec 30, 2014 3:33am

What,no CAN?

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