Originally called Youth For Christ, just to piss off the local Christians, the band got told to change their name…. Or else. Their line-up was three piece, no guitar. Bassist/vocals – johnathon ogilvie, bassist/vocals – grant horsnell, and drummer micheal daily. The band performed throughout new zealand teaming up with children’s hour for gigs. The band recorded and released one 6 song EP through Hit Singles, but split before they managed to release most of their best songs, including such favourites as ‘Black Train’ and ‘Waltz’. YFC were exceptionally inventive in their sound.
Both Daily and Horsnell went on to join Shafts Micheal Williams in Sydney based This Cage. Ogilvie and Daily also started up Sydney based Leadleg who recorded and released a version of the YFC track ‘Waltz’ but the song was greatly altered from the original. Daily then joined former Jean-Paul Sartre Experience frontman Dave Mulcahy in a new three-piece called Eskimo alongside Dolphin‘s Rob Mayes.
In early 2005 however, the trio finally reconvened for the release of Failsafe‘s excellent Retrogenic series, playing a handful of live shows and releasing ‘Richochet’, a compiled anthology of unreleased or out of print YFC material.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Between Two Thieves Ep [1984 Hit Singles Hit15]
- Richochet [2005 Failsafe 062cd]