Youth Of Today

Joe Hardcore Presents EDGE DAY with ...

Youth Of Today

Foundation, Stick Together, Coke Bust, Beware, OutLast, Breakaway, Test Of Time, War Games

Sat, October 20, 2012

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 4:30 pm

Broad Street Ministry

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

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Youth Of Today
Youth Of Today
Youth of Today are an American hardcore punk band. The band played a major role in establishing the Youth Crew subculture of hardcore, both espousing and evolving the philosophies of the straight edge and vegetarian lifestyles. Youth Of Today was formed in Danbury, Connecticut in 1985 by two members of the hardcore band Violent Children, Ray Cappo (vocals) and John Porcelly (Porcell) (guitar) were aiming to start a Straight Edge band at a time when most old school straight edge bands had disbanded. Having difficulty finding a bassist and drummer, Ray and Porcell found help from two high school friends, Graham Philips and Darren Pesce, who had played with Porcell in a band called The Young Republicans in the past.
Foundation
Foundation
Atlanta hardcore. Bridge 9
Stick Together
PA Youth Crew Kings. Back to Back Records
Coke Bust
Coke Bust
The band was formed in the summer 2006 when my friend Parsons and I were bored and trying to start a band that sounded like the first Suicidal Tendencies LP. Both our previous respective bands had just broken up, so we were dying to start another band. Chris had been a friend of mine since we were 15 (and had played in a previous band together way back, too). His other band, MAGRUDERGRIND, was always doing stuff, so I didn't really think he would be down for another project. He seemed pretty into it, and we started jamming a little bit. Parsons and I also knew this guy named Jeremy who was kind of in the older crowd, but had always been cool to the younger kids like us. Turns out that his old band had just broken up too. Still, I didn't think he would want to jam with us. He said he was down, but I didn't really believe him until he came to practice one day.
With this line up we jammed in Parsons' basement for a few months and eventually wrote 7 songs. They didn't sound like Suicidal Tendencies very much, but Parsons and I were very stoked to be in a band again none the less. Also, one plus about this line up was that everyone was straight edge and so we made the decision to carry that over to our band as well. We practiced a bunch and then went to go record our demo tape in my friends' basement who had just gotten some gear that he wanted to try out. He agreed to record us for a day in exchange for a pizza. Fair enough. So on November 11th, 2006 we recorded 7 songs plus 2 covers (just for the sake of it) and the same night played our first show in DC. We were super sloppy and all over the place, but it was really fun time. But we needed to practice!
Our friends at Headcount Records called us up and asked if we wanted to turn the demo tape into a 7". As surprised as we were, we graciously accepted the offer. We played more shows and did a 10 day tour that winter and got some really mixed reactions from really mixed crowds.
As time went on we played a few more shows, wrote a few more songs, and the music just got faster and faster. We didn't mean for this to happen, it just did (and still does!). Nick Baran from ThirdXparty Records saw us at Circle Pit Fest in Baltimore and asked us if we would like to do a 7" on his label. We were all way taken back by the offer and extremely excited to be a part of a label that we felt like we identified with. In spring of 2007 we recorded the "Fuck Bar Culture" EP. Thankfully this time we spent a lot more time recording and paid slightly more attention to detail! This was then released in 2007 just a few months before our second tour, this time with Sick Fix and Blank stare up and down the east coast. We were all blown away at how successful the tour was in every way, and then decided that wanted to do an LP next.
We came home from that tour and spent a lot of time writing new songs and shows. The DC scene really began to pick up around this time, too. By the time summer came around, we had recorded a 5-song demo called "Cycle of Violence," that had all new jams. We recorded this to see how the new stuff sounded recorded and so we had some new material to push on our upcoming west coast tour which was also a lot of fun. Jose from IN DISGUST and OUTRAGED was kind enough to drive us in his van and show us a truly good time. Once we got back, we spent a lot of time practicing and writing these LP songs. By this time Parsons had moved to down 2 hours south to Richmond (he hated DC!) and was regularly driving back up for practices and shows. Eventually this grew to be very expensive and time consuming. Things weren't working out like this and it was mutually agreed that he wasn't able to do it any more.
We really didn't have much of an idea for his replacement. We had a small list of straight edge bass players in the area who we thought would make good replacements but nothing really panned out. We started to panic a little bit and Jubert, a 17 year old striaght edge hardcore high chool warrior, overheard me talking to somebody else about it at show. He blurted out, "I'll do it!" and turned out to be serious! He came over to Chris' basement and informally tried out. He had learned the songs from the records and totally ruled it. The 3 of us talked it over and came to the conclusion that he would make a great fit. He played his first show with us in October of 2008 and then went on his first [mini]tour that December. We had most of the LP written and ready to record when we found out that Six Weeks Records was down to put it out. Awesome. It got recorded in February 09 with Joe Mitra (the same guy who recorded the 7"). This second time around we were able to fine tune the small things that we wanted done differently in the second record and Joe Mitra did an amazing job of reading our minds and understanding our jumbled thoughts.... TO BE CONTINUED....
Beware
Beware
Philadelphia Straight Edge.
OutLast
New Jersey Straight Edge.
Venue Information:
Broad Street Ministry
315 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
http://www.broadstreetministry.org/