Youth of Today
Infobox musical artist |
Name = Youth of Today
Background = group_or_band
New York, USA
Hardcore punk Youth crew Positive hardcore
Years_active = 1985 – 1990
Ray Cappo John Porcelly Walter Schreifels Sammy SieglerYouth of Today was a straight edge hardcore punkband whose vocalist was from Danbury, Connecticut, and whose remaining members were from various parts of New York, but are commonly referred to as a New York Hardcoreband. The band played an important role in establishing the Youth Crewsub-genre of hardcore. Jello Biafraonce claimed that the band had the most generic name ever given to a punk rock band. [Biafra, Jello. "Names for Bands". " No More Cocoons". San Francisco: Alternative Tentacles. 1987.]
Youth Of Todaywas formed in Danbury Connecticut in 1985by two members of the hardcore band Violent Children, Ray Cappo(vocals) and John Porcelly(guitar), aiming to start a Straight Edgeband at a time when most old school Straight Edgebands had disbanded. Having difficulty finding a bassist and drummer, Ray and Porcell found help from two high school friends, Graham Philipsand Darren Pesce, who had played with Porcell in a band called The Young Republicansin the past.
1985, Youth Of Todayrecorded their debut EP " Can't Close My Eyes" for Kevin Seconds' (singer of the popular hardcore band 7 Seconds) label- Positive Force Records. At the same time the band contributed four songs to the Connecticut Fun compilation album; these tracks would later be combined with the aforementioned release to make the album version of " Can't Close My Eyes" that is commonly reccognized today.
After touring for a while both Graham and Darren left the band, and two members of
New Yorkband Straight Ahead joinedRay and John, Craig Setari(bass) and Tommy Carroll(drums).
Tommy left during their second tour, and
Drew Thomas, drummer of brotherband Crippled Youth(who later changed their name to Bold), was asked to finish the rest of the tour.
A short while later,Underdog vocalist
Richie Birkenheadjoined the band on second guitar. With this line-up, the first Youth Of Todayalbumwas recorded, entitled " Break Down The Walls", and released by Wishingwell Records, the label of California Straight Edgebands Unity and Uniform Choice.
Soon after recording the album Drew was replaced by
Mike "Judge"of Death Before Dishonor. (Later to be the singer, along with John Porcellyon guitar, in the band Judge). Craig left to reform Straight Ahead (and later played in Agnostic Frontand Sick Of It All), and Walter Schreifelsof Gorilla Biscuitsjoined on as the new bassist.
At the end of the "
Break Down The Walls" tour that followed the release of the LP, second guitarist Richie left the band to concentrate on singing in Underdog, and with that line-up Youth Of Todayappeared with two songs on the Revelation Recordssampler " New York Hardcore - The Way It Is", alongside New Yorkbands like Bold, Gorilla Biscuits, Side By Side and Sick of it All.
At the end of
1987Mike left the band, and Sammy Siegler(ex-Side by Side) became the new drummer. In 1988 Youth Of Todayrecorded their classic second LP " We're Not In This Alone", which was released in America by Caroline Records and in Europeby Funhouse Records.
The beginning of the next year,
Youth Of Today, whose line-up was steady at last, did a European tour- playing shows in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlandsand England.
1990 Youth Of Todaydecided to quit and recorded 4 songs for a farewell 7" on Revelation Records. Three of those songs appeared on the single "Disengage".
Youth Of Todaysplit, it seemed the beginning of the end for the second Straight Edgewave, which had begun in 1985, and which was at its height in 1988-1990. Together with bands like Uniform Choice, Insted, No For An Answer, Chain of Strength, and Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Todaywere an inspiration for hundreds of bands all over the world, who combined the message of Positive Thinkingand Straight Edgewith energetic and fast hardcore.
*Ray of Today started the
Hare Krishnaband Shelter, and was later joined by Porcell.
*Walter was playing guitar in
Gorilla Biscuitsfrom 1986 on, and was joined on the European tour of Gorilla Biscuitsin 1990 by Porcell and Sammy on guitar and drums. After the split of Gorilla Biscuits, Walter started Quicksand, and later on, Rival Schools .
*Sammy later played drums in
CIV(which featured members of Gorilla Biscuits), and ironically, Limp Bizkitand multiple other bands.
Aside from several one-off reunion shows,
Youth of Todaydid a European reunion tour in 2004 with original members Ray, Porcell and Sammy. Ray's friend Ken Oldenfrom Battery and Better Than A Thousandfilled in on bass.
Can't Close My EyesLP/ CD (1985)
Break Down The WallsLP/ CD (1987)
We're Not In This AloneLP/ CD (1988)
Youth Of TodayEP/ CD (1990)
*Can't Close My Eyes 7", 1985, Positive Force Records #4 (has since been reissued in LP or CD format on four different labels: Schism Records, Caroline Records, We Bite Records, and Revelation Records)
*Disengage 7"/ CD
*Take A Stand 12"/ LP/ CD
*Anarchy In Vienna LP
*Live At Van Hall 1989, Amsterdam 7"
*Live At CBGB's 7"
*Inside Out and Youth of Today-Benefit split 7" (live bootleg)
Make It Work" 7"
Connecticut Fun" LP (1985)
*"" 7" (1987,
New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is" LP (1988, Revelation Records)
Hold Your Ground" CD
Sunday Matinee" LP/ CD
In-Flight Program" CD
Voice Of The Voiceless" LP/ CD
Another Shot For Bracken" LP
A Time We'll Remember" LP
We Bite" 7"
We Bite" 100 2xLP
The Sound Of The Streets" 4xCD
Revelation 100" 2xLP/CD (Revelation Records)
* [http://members.fortunecity.com/youthoftoday Youth of Today fan site]
* [http://www.revelationrecords.com/ Revelation Records]
* [http://punkcity.propagande.org/html/public/groupe_5.html Biographie en francais]
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