The Proletariat

The Proletariat

Formed in Southeastern Massachusetts, USA early in 1980, initially as a trio (Frank Michaels, Peter Bevilacqua, and Richard Brown) to which shortly afterwards Tommy McKnight was added. With this line-up they played for almost five years, and appeared on stage 115 times, from Feb 81 until July 1985. Not strictly a "hardcore band" yet strong on the political side, they shared the bill with many of the best punk/HC bands of the time.
Late in 1984 Tom and Rick were replaced by Laurel Bowman (on vocals) and Steve Welch (on drums).
In 1995 3 of the 4 original members (with the exception of Tommy McKnight) went on to form Churn


The Proletariat Discography Tracks


The Proletariat Soma Holiday (Album) Non-U Records, Radiobeat Records US 1983 Sell This Version
The Proletariat Indifference (Album) Homestead Records US 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HMS 037 The Proletariat Marketplace(7", Single) Homestead Records HMS 037 UK 1985 Sell This Version
The Proletariat The Murder Of Alton Sterling (EP) Bridge Nine Records US 2018 Sell This Version


TAANG! 127 The Proletariat Voodoo Economics And Other American Tragedies(2xCD, Comp) Taang! Records TAANG! 127 US 1998 Sell This Version


none The Proletariat Distortion(Cass, S/Sided, Ltd, C46) Not On Label none US 1982 Sell This Version