Youth Of Today
Youth of Today
Orgin New York
Genres Straight Edge Hardcore
Years Active 1985-Present
Country of origin United States of America
Labels Revelation Records
Associated Acts Violent Children, Shelter,
Official website

Arguably one of the leaders of the second wave of straightedge in the mid-'80s, Youth of Today was a New York-based band started by ex-Violent Children members Ray Cappo on vocals and John Porcelly on guitar. Rounding out their lineup in 1985 with Graham Philips on bass and Darren Pesce on drums, Youth of Today recorded and released their debut EP, Can't Close My Eyes, on Positive Force, a well-known straightedge mainstay. Philips and Pesce exited shortly thereafter, and lineup changes abounded until a five-piece settled long enough to record the band's first full-length offering, 1986's Break Down the Walls. Again, the band had more lineup changes after the release and subsequent tour for Break Down the Walls, and in 1988 a four-piece Youth of Today consisting of Cappo, Porcelly, Walter Schreifels on bass, and Sammy Siegler on drums went into the studio to record their follow-up full-length, We're Not in This Alone (1988). By 1990 Youth of Today had decided to call it a day and released a farewell 7" EP on Revelation (soon to become the leading light in the next wave of straightedge). Now known as Ray 2 Day, Cappo formed the Krishna-core band Shelter, which Porcelly eventually joined as well. 2004 saw Youth of Today play some reunion shows in America as well as Europe.


Ray Cappo - John Porcell - Graham Philips - Darren Pesce - Craig Setari - Richie Birkenhead - Sammy Seigler - Walter Schreifels - Mike Judge - Tommy Carroll - Drew Thomas


Can't Close My Eyes (1985)
Break Down the Walls (1986)
We're Not In This Alone (1988)
Youth of Today (1990)

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