NYHC Guitarist Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law, Danzig) Dead at 47
Todd Youth, the New York hardcore legend who played guitar in bands like Agnostic Front, Warzone, Murphy’s Law, and Danzig, has reportedly passed away at the age of 47. Ras Israel Joseph I, Youth’s bandmate from his most recent band, Fireburn, wrote in a Facebook post, “There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered.” NYHC show promoters BlacknBlue Productions posted, “A very sad day for NYHC FAMILY…Todd Youth. We love you.”
Todd “Youth” Schofield was born in 1971 and grew up in New York City. He started playing guitar from an early age and made his debut with Agnostic Front in 1983. Youth also played for Warzone until 1986 when he joined Murphy’s Law. After working on three full-length albums and other recordings, he left Murphy’s Law in 1995. From there, he played in the Homewreckers, D Generation, Chrome Locust, Danzig, Samhain, the Chelsea Smiles, and, most recently, Fireburn. Read Joseph’s full post below.
On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth”, and “Shine”. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way. We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with gbh from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna is taking his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and The Devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. one day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone. They’re probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we’ll all see each other again. I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.
— Hatebreed (@hatebreed) October 27, 2018
This article originally appeared on Stereogum.