Vintage Youth Of Today "Break Down The Walls" T-Shirt
Youth of Today were a Straight Edge hardcore band from the late 1980s, the most important of their generation. YOT codified the aesthetic of what Straight Edge hardcore was and would continue to be, even to the present day. Their 1986 release Break Down The Walls, originally released by Wishingwell Records and later reissued by the band's own Revelation Records, 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. The record is a classic. It has nothing to do Wilkes-Barre, PA, however. Bobb Mac's Positive Numbers Youth Crew Festival was a hardcore festival that ran from 1999-2005 at various venues throughout Wilkes-Barre. In 2001, the festival was held at local DIY venue Homebase. Bands that year included No Warning, Shark Attack, and True Identity. Youth of Today didn't play, they had been broken up for a decade already. For some reason, though, Revelation Records commissioned a limited vinyl pressing of the classic BDTW record and a matching shirt with the same design. This shirt is one of those sold at the fest to the lucky few who were there. If you weren't there, maybe you couldn't make it or maybe you weren't even born yet, now is your chance to own the piece where two greats (Wilkes-Barre, PA and Youth of Today) intersected.