Portland's first all girl punk band, FORMICA AND THE BITCHES, broke up after a few shows and two teenagers who were in the band recruited another two girls and start THE NEO BOYS. For four years, The Neo Boys played shows in Portland, and they left behind two great records. This 7" is their first and best release, produced and recorded in 1980 by Greg Sage (Wipers) and released on his own label Trap Records. The Neo Boys should be remembered, alongside with THE RATS and THE WIPERS, as one of Portland's great first-wave punk bands.
Neo Boys - Give me the message 7" EP
I read Joe Carducci's Enter Naomi a few years back, where he makes a point of stating his disappointment with this 7" in comparison to their apparent greatness live. I wish I could have seen this band play a show that was good enough to blow this record outta the water -it is one of my favourite artifacts of early '80s girl punk. This is a Euro boot unfortunately -the individual(s) that put it out send the band copies via Portland radio station KBOO, with the MRR address as the return address apparently. Weird. Anyway, I love this record and it has been a top want for a long time, so on one hand I am psyched to have a decent sounding vinyl copy, on the other hand... the eternal question of bootlegs! I think this is one of the most perfect 7"s; it's got this desperate melancholic sound, you can tellit was recorded by Greg Sage, and that they are a distinctly Northwest punk band. The lyrics to "Rich man's dream" get me every time. Kim's voice is so powerful. There's a reprint of the NEO BOYS interview that Erin Yanke did on KBOO that ran in MRR #262... (Layla Gibbon, MRR#323 - April 2010)