THE YOUTH OF TODAY FIST ART
April 15th, 2014 by Tim
MALL BOUGHT YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT
Following the theme of the Youth Of Today – “Youth Crew 88” shirt design post, I got a little info out of Porcell regarding the original Youth Of Today X’ed fist art. Anyone that’s familiar with Youth Of Today, is sure to be familiar with their classic X’ed fist logo. The art has appeared on countless shirts, stickers, pics, flyers and plenty of tattoos and here’s what Porcell had to say about it…
The original Youth Of Today X’d up fist was done by this Mahopac, New York kid named Herbie Straight Edge. Herbie originally drew the fist on the back of a gas station type jacket. Herbie became a skinhead and started drinking so he gave the jacket to Cappo. We traced the fist art off the back of the jacket and used it for Youth Of Today. -Porcell
WISHINGWELL RECORDS YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT
YOUTH CREW 88
April 10th, 2014 by Tim
ARTHUR WITH GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE ANTHRAX, WEARING A YOUTH CREW 88 LONG SLEEVE | PHOTO: BRIAN BOOG
A few days ago, I was flipping though a pile of my hardcore shirts and I came across my original Youth Of Today “Youth Crew 88” shirt. I had to stop and stare at it for a few minutes just to soak in how much of a well done and classic design it is.
Every time I see a Youth Crew 88 shirt, I can’t help but to think back to the first time that I ever saw one. It was March 19th 1989 and I was standing in line for a show at Club Pizazz in Philadelphia. It was a Soul Side, Krakdown, Insted, Vision show, (Soul Side and Krakdown never showed up.)
Regardless, there were a ton of people there and the line to get in the show was massive (or at least it seemed so at the time.) I remember standing in that line and watching multiple people walk up wearing those Youth Crew 88 shirts and just thinking, “wow, that new YOT shirt might be the coolest one yet!” And YOT had no shortage of cool looking shirts prior to this one, but something about how clean and simple it was just made it stick out.
Over the past 25 years since seeing the YOT “Youth Crew 88” shirt for the first time, it’s remained a favorite of mine. When I came across my original the other day I started wondering who might have designed it. The thought had never crossed my mind, but for whatever reason, it occurred to me that it looked like something Alex Brown might have had a hand in. Instead of letting my curiosity get the best of me, I shot a quick email to Porcell to see if I could get the lowdown. Porcell did indeed confirm, Al Brown was the man behind the classic Youth Crew 88 shirt.
I decided to shoot Alex an email to see if he had any memories he could share and here’s what he had to say…
It was designed prior to Youth Of Today’s 1988 summer tour at the apartment that Porcell, Ray and I were sharing in Brooklyn. I don’t remember what the inspiration for the design was but I must have wanted it to look like some sort of team logo. I was really into the way the first couple of SSD records looked and I suppose that could be cited as a motive for the typeface I used; something bold and clean. I think that Ray or Porcell probably had some input but they most likely left me to do my work without to much interference.
As for the heavy Youth Crew theme with “Youth Crew 88” on the front and “Youth Crew Across America” on the back, I think we all thought it was just sort of a cool moniker to attach to our group of friends and musicians. To throw it in everyone’s face was always fun too. As for the photo that was used; again, can’t remember who’s decision it was to use that particular pic but it’s a pretty great photo and it’s easy to see why we used it.
YOUTH CREW 88 BACK ART
NOT AFRAID – “BELIEVE”
April 7th, 2014 by Tim
NOT AFRAID is a Belgian hardcore (super)group featuring members of True Colors (Packo back in action on vocals, sounding harder than ever), Justice and Dead Stop. The LOCKED OUT LP is as diverse and intense as you would imagine from such a cast and brings together the unique qualities of each band without attempting to recreate them. NOT AFRAID combines the passion and intensity of True Colors with the creativity and groove of Justice, stomped mercilessly into the streets of Antwerpen by the boots of Dead Stop. While definitely inspired by classic 80′s hardcore, the Locked Out sound is difficult to categorize into a specific subgenre. All things considered, this is a HARDCORE record, and one of the best you’ll hear all year.
Preorders and exclusive colored vinyl available from both labels starting April 7th at Noon EST at shop.react-records.com / poweredrecords.com
April 6th, 2014 by Tim
TODD YOUTH, JIMMY GESTAPO AND RAYBEEZ | PHOTO: BROOKE SMITH
I met Todd Youth not long ago and gave him a copy of my book (This Music) and told him about an idea I had of doing a book on his life, growing up in the hardcore scene. He seemed to like the idea. The first interview we did resulted in this piece, “Under 18.” I’m hoping to do more, but we’ll see what happens. Todd Youth is one helluva busy guy. — Lewis Dimmick
It was Skinhead Youth’s first show. My father walked into CB’s with two cops. I was thirteen. I hadn’t been going to school. I’d been running away. After hanging out at A7 until five or six in the morning, going to school didn’t seem that interesting.
I was into music, this kind of music that people didn’t understand. People walked across the street. They were scared of you. Or they wanted to kill you because you were a freak.
Bad Brains was my first show. I remember walking into CB’s and seeing a room full of people who looked as fucked up as I felt inside. For the first song I was standing up front. By the second song I had been pushed all the way back to the pool tables.
When my father walked in with the cops I ran out the back doors and down into a basement and hid. I saw a pair of boots walk by and knew they were looking for me. It was Raybeez. He put a ski mask over my head and walked me in through the back door and onto the stage. I played the whole set like that.
After the show I got in a car with some girl and went to her house in Philly and stayed there a few days. When her parents went to work I would come out and shower. When they came home I had to hide under the bed.
Then I was staying on 6th Street between Avenues B and C. It was me, Roger, Amy and Raybeez. One day there was a knock on the door. It was my father and two detectives. I had been staying out late, drinking, getting high, having sex with girls, but now it was time to go home.
MINDSET AT UNITED BLOOD 2014
April 2nd, 2014 by Larry
Enough Is Enough / Leave No Doubt / War from United Blood Fest.
LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG WAS JUST A FAD
April 1st, 2014 by Tim
YOUTH OF TODAY AT THE RAT, BOSTON, 1986 | PHOTO: BRUCE RHODES
In 1986, when I was first discovering punk and hardcore, I got my hands on a cassette of Youth Of Today’s -”Break Down The Walls”. As a 12 year old kid, up until that point, everything punk to me seemed to be about chaos, anarchy, violence, destroying the government, getting wasted, self destruction, looking as outlandish as you possibly could, etc., none of which appealed to me much. Sure I liked the music, but I couldn’t really gel all that much with the message and the image. When that tape of “Break Down The Walls” crossed my path, I suddenly found something that I identified with. The message was positive, rational, inspiring and simply made sense in every way. I remember looking at the cover photo and the lyric sheet photos and thinking to myself, unlike a lot of the bands that I liked at the time, “these guys don’t look like freaks”. Not that I was a jock at all in 1986/1987, quite the contrary actually, I was 100% skateboarder, but Youth Of Today’s image seemed like a legit light in the dark at that time, an image I could see in myself, they were almost the outcast’s of the outcasts. Still to this day, I look at them as the perfect hardcore band, the band that changed and defined my life and millions of others, whether they realize it or not. Say what you want about them, but you can’t deny the massive impact they’ve left on the hardcore scene and people in general.
And by the way, if you’re Straight Edge, vegetarian, like any of the bands on Revelations Records or pretty much any Straight Edge Hardcore band of the late 80′s, chances are that you’ve been affected by Youth Of Today’s influence. I honestly don’t think people understand just how massive of an impression this band left. When Youth Of Today came through the bigger cities in America, most of those scenes were never the same. Youth Of Today weren’t just another hardcore band or just another Straight Edge band, they’re impact was next level and chances are, a lot of the bands you like, would have never existed without Youth Of Today.
“And this flame will keep on burning strong” – Tim DCXX
THIS IS HARDCORE 2014
April 1st, 2014 by Tim
FACE THE MUSIC
March 28th, 2014 by Tim
AJAY FRONTING ENUF | PHOTO COURTESY OF ARI KATZ
Ari Katz (Enuf/Courage/Lifetime) posted this photo of Enuf recently and I couldn’t help but re-post it here on DCXX. One of the best hardcore bands out of New Jersey that unfortunately don’t get the recognition they deserve because of how short lived the band really was. Their 1988 released demo, still to this day, remains one of my all time favorite hardcore demos.
DANZIG TELEVISION SHOW, NEW ALBUM AND LIVE SHOWS
March 28th, 2014 by Ed
Danzig have completed filming for their ‘Legacy TV Special’, which takes the form of a run-through Glenn Danzig’s career. The band are also currently in the studio, working on their next album.
‘The Legacy’ is a concept developed by Mark Brooks, the creator of cartoon series Metalocalypse. Evil Elvis gave an interview to Full Metal Jackie in April 2013, where he says that the idea “was basically to do like a Danzig ‘Legacy’ TV show, loosely based on the Elvis ’68 Comeback special; it revisited a lot of his past and a lot of stuff: performance pieces that I do; then there’s the band playing live, we do Danzig and Samhain. Then, for the Misfits thing, we did what Elvis did when he sat down with [guitarist] Scotty Moore and the Memphis Mafia – we just did them all right there live, sitting, and everyone’s around us; there’s no backstage, we’re just on a little podium.”
An airing date or any other information is yet to be announced. However, while we wait for news on that, Danzig currently have five new songs recorded for their upcoming, so far untitled album. They are also also gearing up for the Danzig 25th Anniversary Tour.
Meantime, Danzig will headline a stage at Canada’s Amnesia Rockfest and are also confirmed to appear on 21 June 2014 with special guest Doyle (guitarist, ex-Misfits).