In 1978, four years after Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, and Billy Ficca had disbanded their Downtown proto-punk band, Neon Boys, and formed Television, teenage sisters K.T. (vox) and Kim Kincaid (bass) began Neo Boys on the other side of the country. (They eventually opened for Television, an impressive first gig.) Kim's smart, poetic singing was gruff and expressive in a way that sometimes recalled a more direct Patti Smith. Also comprising drummer Pat Baum and guitarist Jennifer Labianco, who later left and was replaced by the more proficient Meg Hentges, Neo Boys were a pioneering all-female punk group in the region and challenged the conventional notion that girls could only be singers.
Over their five-year run (they disbanded in 1983) the band was primarily an opening act, playing makeshift venues like houses, colleges, galleries, and their practice space.