BYO Records

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Better Youth Organization Records
BYO Records logo.jpg
Founded1981 (1981)
FounderShawn Stern, Mark Stern
GenrePunk rock, hardcore punk
Country of originU.S.
LocationLos Angeles, California

Better Youth Organization Records (BYO) is a Los Angeles, California based independent punk rock record label created by Shawn and Mark Stern, two of the three brothers of the California punk rock band Youth Brigade (the third being Adam Stern who plays bass but does not run BYO).[1]

Aim and history[edit]

BYO aims to promote punk and other alternative youth cultures in a positive light. BYO released records by 7 Seconds, Agression, and SNFU in the 1980s, as well as Leatherface, Kosher, The Unseen, Throw Rag, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Automatic 7 and The Briefs. It also started the BYO Split Series of full-length records shared by bands from other labels, such as Leatherface/Hot Water Music, Swingin' Utters/Youth Brigade, NOFX/Rancid, The Bouncing Souls/Anti-Flag and Alkaline Trio/One Man Army.

Before BYO became a record label they started as a fanzine, in 1981, named after their namesake. The zine intended to tackle the issues of police brutality and the negative views towards punks and the punk scene. As of late-2013, the label is defunct.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brian Broccoli (February 2002). "Before Indie Distributors, Before the Internet, Before Green Day BYO Records Celebrates 20 Years as a Punk Rock Label". Ink 19. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  2. ^ Punk Zines and Ephemera