BYO Records


"Brothers Shawn & Mark Stern, who, along with younger brother Adam made up the notorious band Youth Brigade, started the Better Youth Organization (BYO) in '79 as a reaction against police violence, outside exploitation & a general negative outlook held against the Punk/alternative music scene in Los Angeles, CA. At the time it was just ideas from a bunch of idealistic kids, but after running a big house called "Skinhead Manor" in Hollywood during the summer of '80, a place where kids from all over Southern California met and exchanged ideas, the group was able to run a rather large nightclub called Godzilla's for about three months during late fall/winter in '81/'82. This gave them the incentive and the capital to promote shows at larger venues such as the Hollywood Palladium, Florentine Gardens, and various other halls around Southern California. From the success of promoting shows, BYO released it's first LP, Someone Got Their Head Kicked In, a compilation featuring some of the best bands from Southern California. Among those included were Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Adolescents, and Youth Brigade, and to this day that album is still considered one of the best representations of Southern California's early 80's punk explosion." (excerpted from byorecords.com)

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Shawn and Mark Stern (Punk Rock Bowling, Youth Brigade)
Milk and cookies. Spaghetti and meatballs. Punk rock and bowling. All of these are natural pairings, but unlike the first two, the third relationship was only formalized recently thanks to Shawn and Mark Stern. The same brothers who brought you Youth Brigade and BYO Records founded the Punk Rock Bowling tournament 16 years ago, but in the last five they‚??ve turned a weekend of friendly competition between bands and labels into a huge three-day…
2014-05-13 20:00:02

Cockney Rejects / Youth Brigade
Cockney Rejects and Youth Brigade will be hitting the road together in…
2012-11-14 13:30:01

Youth Brigade with Bouncing Souls, The Fest, Meatmen
Youth Brigade have announced a run of dates in October and November. The band will be headlining some shows as well as providing support for the Bouncing Souls on the 12 city tour. For the jaunt, the band will feature the Stern brothers on guitar/vocals and drums and In The Red's…
2011-09-01 17:00:02

Killing Joke, Stiff Little Fingers, Leftover Crack added to Punk Rock Bowling
Another round of bands have been announced for this year's Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival. The latest confirmations include Killing Joke, Stiff Little Fingers, Leftover Crack, The…
2011-02-21 12:00:02

Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, Undertones, Gimme Gimmes, Bouncing Souls at Punk Rock Bowling 2011
The first batch of bands have been announced for the 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament & Music Festival. So far, the organizers have announced Dropkick Murphys, Descendents, Cock Sparrer, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes,…
2011-02-16 12:00:01

Clorox Girls post new songs from upcoming 7-inch
Oregon's Clorox Girls have posted two new songs, "Genocide" and "Bad Girls." The tracks are expected to appear on a forthcoming 7-inch and split 7-inch coming soon, likely in the new year. Check out the songs on their Myspace page.…
2010-11-10 10:30:01

Youth Brigade (Europe)
Youth Brigade have announced a trip to Europe set to kick off in November and feature shows in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. Along with the shows, the band will be bringing their film Let Them Know: The Story Of Youth Brigade and BYO Records.…
2010-10-22 15:30:07

Nothington (Europe)
Nothington have announced the dates for a September trip to Europe. The band released Roads, Bridges and Ruins in 2009 and recently replaced their rhythm section with two new…
2010-08-23 14:30:01

Where are the Wednesday Night Heroes?
Edmonton's Wednesday Night Heroes have posted an update on the band's current status. Their members are at work on various projects, none of which however will see the street punk act recording or hitting the stage in the immediate future: Luke…
2010-08-16 14:30:01

Nothington with the Riot Before, Blacklist Royals
nothington have posted more dates for their upcoming tour. The band will be traveling across the entirety of the United States and will include legs with the Riot Before and Blacklist Royals as well as dates with…
2010-06-21 11:30:01

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