Youth Brigade: First Demo 7"

Dischord Records


When The Teen Idles and The Untouchables split up in 1980, singer Nathan Strejcek and drummer Danny Ingram – two of the first punk kids at Wilson High – formed a new band, Youth Brigade. The duo played with a few different bass and guitar players before settling on Bert Queiroz (also of The Untouchables) and Tom Clinton to complete the lineup. Complete First Demo collects eight songs that Youth Brigade recorded with Don Zientara and Skip Groff in the summer of 1981 during its first recording session. “I Object” appeared on the 20 Years of Dischord box set and “Last Word” was included on Flex Your Head. All other material is previously unreleased.

Our take: Man, Dischord is pretty much knocking it out of the park with this series of vinyl reissues of classic demo recordings. While everything they've released so far has circulated in the tape-trading world, Dischord's pride in what they do clearly moves them to present this material in the best possible light, getting high-quality masters without "modernizing" them in any way and creating excellent, period-appropriate artwork. Of everything they've released so far, this Youth Brigade demo might be the most essential. The releases from Fugazi, Minor Threat, and SOA all captured those bands at somewhat formative stages, but this Youth Brigade demo is definitely on equal footing with their criminally underrated EP. Which is not to say it's the same... that EP is an anomaly in the Dischord canon because it is so impossibly heavy and mean... the demo recording has kind of a different vibe with not as much Discharge-inspired bottom and more of a punk vibe a la the Teen Idles. If Youth Brigade had released this recording instead of the one they used for Possible I think it's conceivable that they would be even more highly regarded... sometimes I think Possible is just too mean, so mean that it doesn't really fit our retrospective view of what harDCore was. Any way you slice it, though, this is pure, perfectly-executed hardcore and deserves the attentive critique of any self-appointed scholar of USHC.
Tags: 112715 80s hardcore primitive recommended reissues USHC yoobl