BYO – Let Them Know

(c) 2009 BYO Records


byo_let_them_knowThe good folks at BYO Records were kind enough to send me their new retrospective CD and DVD release, “Let Them Know – The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records”. In several words, totally flippin’ rad. Back eons ago in the hard-scrabble Los Angeles Punk rock scene there was a handful of bands, no organization and nothing even close to the internet to get the word out about the minds music and attitude of the American youth. They desperately needed something.

To fill that void, the Brothers Stern formed the Better Youth Organization as a way to form something positive out of the haphazard scene at the time. It was half built on ideals as a means to makes something positive out of the boredom of youth and half built with bored youth that needed something more positive. Through dedication and the true spirit of DIY, BYO and Youth Brigade carried the torch to bring the punk scene out of its fledgling state of loose knit neighborhood punk gangs and into a force to be reckoned with.
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Youth Brigade & Off With Their Heads

Youth Brigade will be supporting the upcoming release of the BYO Records 25th Anniversary Boxed set with shows on the East Coast. Touring with them will be Minneapolis’ own, Off With Their Heads. The two bands share key interests that include a penchant for punk rock with more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box and a love for each other’s bands! A third band will be joining them starting the September 17 date and will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full-length documentary Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records will screen in select cities in conjunction with these tour dates. More details on the release and movie screenings to come. This is only one leg in Youth Brigade’s planned touring which will extend into winter of ’09.

In the meantime, check out the recently launched website for more on what’s coming up.

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9/14/09 Detroit, MI @ Small’s Bar
9/15/09 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9/16/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvedere’s
9/17/09 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
9/18/09 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
9/19/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
9/20/09 Boston, MA @ Middle East
9/21/09 Pittsfield, MA @ Hall