Modern Pioneers: Live at CBGB, July 29, 1986

Modern Pioneers: Live at CBGB, July 29, 1986

Eric Neher: Vocals, guitar
Joe Mollura: Vocals, bass
Phill D’Ancona: Drums

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Modern Pioneers were one of my favorite Long Island-based bands of the 1980s. The 1982 release of their vinyl debut EP, The Big Hookup, was among the first 12-inch indie releases by a local band; a watershed moment.

Singer and songwriter Eric Neher was, and is, a compelling on-stage presence, able to convey strong emotion while always remaining firmly in control. His plaintive, soaring vocals, and twanging Mosrite guitar, were perfectly complimented by Joe Mollura’s supple bass and Phill D’Ancona’s taut back beat. It’s New Wave surf-rock supreme, heroic and moody, with lyrics that take in the broad sweep of history and conclude: We’re screwed, let’s dance!

This 1986 performance followed the release the previous year of the 12-inch single “The Traveler” b/w “Everybody Knows” on the band’s own Adventure Records. Although Modern Pioneers would not survive the decade, they are at the peak of their powers on this recording.

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