In the summer of 2020, The Violent Youth released their fourth studio album in Tam, Gde Nas Net, a phrase loosely translated in English to “The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.” But in many ways, it was an album of firsts for the band led by Belarusian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and creative force Arthur Tsymbal.
It was The Violent Youth’s first album with vocals in Tsymbal’s native Russian language; it was the first to crystallize the duo’s darker new wave, synth-pop, and post-punk sound; and it will soon be the first to be released in North America -- further exposing one of the region’s most exciting new bands to Western audiences.
Signing to emerging independent record label à La Carte (True Faith, Don’t get Lemon, Love Language), The Violent Youth will re-release Tam, Gde Nas Net on cassette later this year April 2021), with more music on the way. The cassette release should provide a nice introduction to the emotive and captivating music of The Violent Youth, crafted by Tsymbal in his current residence of Augsberg, Germany, with an assist from bandmate and keyboardist Egor Ivakhnenko at his home city of Moscow, Russia.
The seeds for The Violent Youth were first planted in 2014 with the release of their debut EP LOUD, and their following grew in Europe and Russia with 2016 LP Discotheque. But last year’s release of Tam, Gde Nas Net not only saw the duo’s popularity grow, but also their creative focus.
- 50 copies on black shells
- 50 copies on transparent red shells
The Violent Youth are Arthur Tsymbal and Egor Ivakhneko
Words and music by Arthur Tsymbal
Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ignaz Engelman between January-February 2020 in Ausburg, Germany