Youth Brigade bio:
Youth Brigade was formed at the end of summer 1980 in Los Angeles, amid the explosion of the punk scene in Southern California, by brothers Shawn,Mark and Adam Stern. The brothers Stern have established YOUTH BRIGADE as one of the most powerful, independent groups in North America over the course of their 7 odd years of existence. The basic philosophy of the band is the “youth” is an attitude, not an age and that every generation has the responsibility to change what they feel is wrong in the world. Unfortunately, it seems that many people either forget or grow weary of this responsibility as they get older in years, so the band feels it is really important that every new generation realize this responsibility and act upon it. It is with these ideals in mind that the band was started, and the eldest brothers Shawn and Mark formed the Better Youth Organization in ‘79. The BYO is dedicated to promoting alternative music, art and other creative endeavors in a completely independent manner. They started off promoting shows,(They ran the infamous Godzilla’s night club!), started BYO Records in 1982 (which has released 25 records to date and become one of the strongest and most respected indy labels in the world), set up tours for many bands, (including the first BYO tour which was done in a big school bus and documented on 60 hours of video tape to become the movie “Another State of Mind”) as well as many other projects too numerous to mention.