Todd Youth (born 15 May 1971), is a punk rock and hardcore musician. He has played guitar, primarily around the New Jersey and New York area in a number of notable bands; he is currently a member of The Chelsea Smiles.
Youth grew up in New York and started playing as young as 12 years old (hence the name Youth) in several New York City hardcore bands. He made his playing debut with Agnostic Front in 1983 but did not play on any recordings. Youth also appeared for New York City act Warzone until around 1986. He joined Murphy's Law (another New York City band) that year, recording on various works with them, including two full-length albums, Youth performed with them until 1995.
After leaving Murphy's Law, and he recorded a single with a band named The Homewreckers in 1996. Around this time Youth evolved his style from hardcore to implementing some of his 70s punk influences, such as New York Dolls, Dead Boys and The Heartbreakers, thus he joined famous New York City glam punk band D Generation, replacing Richard Bacchus on guitar. He was with D Generation from 1996 to 1998 and recorded on their final album "Through The Darkness", Youth co-wrote one of the tracks "Sunday Secret Saints" with Jesse Malin.
Chrome Locust was formed by Youth along with former D Generation members Michael Wildwood and Vásquez member Jim Heneghan in 1998, the band proved to be short-lived lasting only a year before splitting up however, they managed to record and release a self-titled album on Tee Pee Records.
Playing with Danzig and SamhainEdit
During the summer of 1999, he successfully auditioned for Danzig; he joined up as the guitarist. Ironically, former D Generation bandmate Howie Pyro joined Danzig at the same time. The same year Glenn Danzig had reformed the band Samhain, guitarist Damien decided not to join the band for their reunion tour, thus Todd was asked to replace him.
He only had 3 months to practice and learn the Samhain and Danzig sets. Although not an "original" member of Samhain, fans welcomed him to the lineup, some even mistaking him for Damien. The band AFI had toured with Samhain during 1999, and their frontman Davey Havok was a longtime fan, so in 2000 Youth, along with Samhain members London May and Steve Zing masterminded Son of Sam. This featured Davey Havok on vocals and on their album Songs from the Earth guest appearances from Glenn Danzig himself, the project was however only meant to be a one time thing.
Back with the band Danzig, Youth recorded two albums; a live one, and "I Luciferi" which was released in 2002, it featured Glenn Danzig, Howie Pyro and future Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo. Todd eventually left the group in 2003.
Todd Youth rejoined Danzig in 2007 for the Halloween Tour and also appeared on the release The Lost Tracks Of Danzig.
Youth also played with Motörhead in May 2003, filling in for three shows on Motörhead's tour of the United States, as Phil Campbell's mother had died and he was unable to continue on tour.
Since 2004, Todd has led Los Angeles rockers The Chelsea Smiles, this in some ways marks a return to the style of music Youth played with D Generation with the band implementing similar influences, such as; The Stooges, New York Dolls, MC5 and Chuck Berry. They released a debut EP; "Nowhere Ride" in 2005. The debut full-length Chelsea Smiles album, "Thirty Six Hours Later" was released in November 2006, its European release date is early December of the same year.
The Chelsea Smiles were personally invited by Social D to open for them in 2006. The Chelsea Smiles later went on to tour Europe in 2007.
In 2008 Todd reformed the band Son Of Sam. This released reunited Todd Youth and Steve Zing, but did not have Davey Havok on vocals. As with the first Son Of Sam release, all music was written by Todd.
2008 and 2009 also saw Todd joining legendary singer, Glen Campbell's band. Todd recorded 3 songs on Glen's comeback record "Meet Glen Campbell". Todd has done various tv show appearances (Jimmy Kimmel, The Tonight Show) and toured the U.K. in support of the release.
2009 - The Chelsea Smiles will release a new, self-titled release. The band is doing a 2 1/2 week U.K. tour with Wednesday 13 in support of the release.
Todd has been writing with Wednesday 13 to record a cd, under then band name Gunfire 76, that will have more of a rock sound that Wednesday 13 previous bands, they will enter the studio on July 1 2009 to begin recording with his new band, Gunfire 76.
Along with his various projects Todd spends his off time as a much sought after studio musician in the Los Angeles area.
This discography documents the recordings Todd Youth has played on during his time with the various bands that he has been a part of, throughout his musical career.
With Murphy's LawEdit
Back With A Bong - (1989)
The Best of Times - (1991)
Monster Mash - Single - (1991)
Good for Now - EP - (1993)
My Woman from Tokyo - Single - (1995)
Dedicated - (1996)
With The HomewreckersEdit
Unknown Title - Single - (1996)
With D GenerationEdit
Prohibition - EP - (1998)
Helpless - Single - (1998)
Through The Darkness - (1999)
With Chrome LocustEdit
Chrome Locust - (1999)
With Son of SamEdit
Songs from the Earth - (2000)
Into The Night - (2008)
Live on the Black Hand Side - (2001)
I Luciferi - (2002)
The Lost Tracks Of Danzig - (2007)
With The Chelsea SmilesEdit
Nowhere Ride - EP - (2005)
Thirty Six Hours Later - (2006)
self-titled - (2009)
With Glen CampbellEdit
Meet Glen Campbell - (2008)
American Hardcore - (2006)
Kiss Loves You - (2007)