Photo by Zoey Stites
Telling a compelling story is not always a quiet endeavor…sometimes you need the art of rebellion to make a point. So where would RIPR turn to spotlight Rhode’s Island’s legendary local music scene? To 2017 Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductees Neutral Nation of course!
The 1980s and 1990s saw our regional music scene blow up internationally as punk music became a voice for a generation feeling disconnected, disenfranchised, and unheard. At the forefront of the local punk music scene was Neutral Nation. Formed in 1982 in the suburbs of Attleboro, Massachusetts, they exploded onto the Rhode Island scene via a series of shows at The Living Room in Providence. They have performed with legendary underground acts such as The Minutemen, The Bad Brains, The Ramones, and The Replacements.
In 1986, Neutral Nation was hailed by College Music Journal as the “Best Unsigned Band” of the year. Their first album, 1987’s It’s A Bash, is nationally recognized as one of the great recordings of hardcore punk. Today’s lineup of guitarist Dave Chabot, vocalist Mike “Dexter” Yarworth, bass player, Tom “T-Buck” Buckland, and drummer Mike “Stumpy” Neckritz has been in place for 29 years and they perform with the same energy and raucous musical storytelling that have made them beloved by multiple generations.
In looking to spotlight the historic voice of musical rebellion in our region’s history, RIPR could think of no other band to headline our Friday night event at The Steel Yard.