Vintage Youth Of Today "Break Down The Walls" Summer Tour T-Shirt
Youth of Today were a straight edge hardcore band from the late 1980s, the most important of their generation. YOT, which was led by singer Ray Cappo and guitarist John Porcell, codified the aesthetic of what straight edge hardcore was and would continue to be, even to the present day. It began with their debut 7" Cant Close My Eyes in 1985 but was cemented with their debut LP in 1986, Break Down The Walls. Originally released by Wishingwell Records and later reissued by the band's own Revelation Records, it was as genre defying as it was genre defining: it was steeped in US hardcore lore in a time when hardcore was going in more metallic directions. And it had positive, straight edge lyrics. The record is a classic. In 1987, to support the album, the band went on a full US tour. The lineup had already changed from the recording of the LP, Mike Judge, later of the band Judge, replaced Drew Bold on drums and Walter, of Gorilla Biscuits and later Quicksand and Rival Schools, replaced Craig Ahead on bass. The band took their message across the country and changed the face of hardcore in their wake. A national youth crew scene formed behind them and by the time they came back to New York even Raybeez was straight edge. The tour wasn't without controversy though, as they had their gear stolen and had near-constant van trouble. The Break Down The Walls 1987 Summer Tour is legendary, and the shirt the band sold on the tour is as rare as it is cool. This one doesn't pop up often at all, and rarely is this clean. This is a must have for any serious YOT collector. This original Youth Of Today shirt, in excellent condition, is from their 1987 summer tour in support of Break Down The Walls.