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A short story:

Founded by Frédéric L'Epée in 2002, Yang is an instrumental rock quartet which compositions mix guitar counterpoints with a powerful rock pulse. Math Rock - Prog Rock - Art Rock, these words are usually used to describe our music but we prefer Instrumental Rock.

Of course our work is often more complex than basic rock, but it always sounds natural. We never search for complexity. These structures, rhythms, melodies are inspired by Western Asia/Eastern Europe sounds as well as contemporary new music.

In 2002 the band was Frédéric on guitar, Julien Vecchié also on guitar, Stéphane Bertrand on bass and Volodia Brice on Drums. Since then, Yang released only three albums. A Complex Nature in 2004 with this first line-up, Machines in 2010 with Laurent James on guitar and Nico Gomez on bass, and The Failure of Words in 2017 with the same line-up. The rarity of our releases is mainly due to the fact that we leave far from each other, from the south of France to Germany. The two first albums have been recorded very fast, as we wanted to preserve the energy of a live performance.

“The Failure of Words” is a touchstone in Yang’s evolution. This album, unlike the others, aims no more to sound like in live situation but is a musical process itself. The idea behind the project was to express the inability, as human beings, to really communicate with our species, always experiencing conflict, disharmony and delusion. Only art, love, are able to convey our deepest feelings and ideas. Words failed us.

Recorded in different studios then mixed and produced in Berlin by Markus Reuter and Benjamin Schäfer and mastered by Lee Fletcher, the album “The Failure of Words” has been built for a recording. Not only rough guitars here, but also different keyboards, acoustic guitars, some special sound treatments, and a very dedicated and sophisticated production.


Frédéric L’Épée : Founder of Yang, previously founder of bands Shylock (70’s– 2 releases CBS - Musea) and Philharmonie (90’s - 5 releases Cuneiform Records). Studied composition, orchestration, harmony and counterpoint at Nice conservatory, awarded 1st price of composition (1988). He teaches guitar, harmony and composition in Paris and Berlin.
  - guitar

Volodia Brice : Studied classical percussion  instruments, then drums at Institut des Arts Rythmiques, Paris. As a drummer on the last Philharmonie line up he played on their last CD “The Last Word” on Cuneiform Records.
 He has been the 1st drummer of the band Lord of Mushrooms.
  - drums

Nico Gomez : Studied bass at Berklee College of Music.  Then settled in London where he plays and records with Björk, Roy Hargrove, Steve Williamson, and Snowboy.
  - bass

  Laurent James : Studied guitar with Frédéric L’Épée, obtained a license of musicology at the Nice University then leaved to the Berklee College of Music. Back from Boston, he studied harmony, composition and orchestration at Nice conservatory.
Founder of the band Lord of Mushrooms.
  - guitar