They were on one of their first tours, right after ‘Black Mambas’ came out. My friends and I loved the Pioneers because they sounded like the bands we were into Against Me!, Hot Water Music, The Broadways but also seemed like totally normal, honest punk rock kids, just stoked on life and having a great time, and their songs reflected that fast-paced, relentless guitars cranked as loud as their amps would go and hoarsely shouted vocals stretched to the brink of collapse from too many nights of reckless screaming. Over the years, they would always make a point to pass through town for a show, and it was always exciting and inspiring to see how they had grown both as a band and as people. Now, three years later, we’ve all grown up a bit. The wide-eyed excitement of youth has become clouded by the pitiless rigors of the real world, long workdays have taken their toll on weary backs, and fizzled relationships have left a slightly jaded lilt to our words, yet we still carry onward with the same fires burning beneath us.
These attitudes are presented in typical Pioneer fashion on ‘Neon Creeps’, as a raucous, jangled melody leads venomous words spit forth between beaming smiles underscored by only the slightest hints of melancholy. O Pioneers have finally grown into their own sound and created a record that I am incredibly proud to share with all of you." "Neon Creeps" was put out in 2009 on Asian Man and Kiss of Death Records. They had their final tour at the end of 2011. Eric and a majority of New Bruises are forming a new band called Black Clouds.
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