You forgot to write; “and most influential.” If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it does it get signed to a record label?"One of the first" is more than a few degrees of difference short of "the bulk of the American Punk scene coalesced in the Georgetown section of Washington DC."
Raleigh had multiple punk bands in the late 70s/early 80s, the most successful of which is Corrosion of Conformity.
Listen to John Adams interview on Tim Kelly. I think you’ll find it interesting.