By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, Florida, February 3, 2018
Established in 1998 by Martin and Shaun McCoy, the brothers are no strangers to the press, having ancestral ties to the most infamous family feud in American history, between the Hatfields and the McCoys. With their anthem-style songs and maniacal live performances, the group quickly gained popularity throughout the OH, WV, and KY tri-state area establishing their “base of operations” in Point Pleasant WV, home to the infamous Mothman Prophecies. Influenced by their surroundings and the elements of the Mothman legend, the band (Marty McCoy, Shaun McCoy, Mike Steele, Jerod Makin, and Tommy Johnson) began to develop their unique style of songwriting. Describing the band’s sound is difficult, however the press and newspapers have often compared their sound to that of new metal artists like System of Down and Disturbed fused with the lyrical aggression of hip-hop pioneers Wu-tang Clan and song structural elements of classic rock pioneers Queen. The band’s current lineup, after a few internal feuds and a label bankruptcy that convinced them to go independent in 2009, is Shaun McCoy- Guitar, Vocals, Martin McCoy- Guitar, Vocals, Jake Earley – Guitar, Vocals, Tommy Johnson- Drums, and Jymmy Tolland – Bass, Vocals. Currently they are signed by Thermal Entertainment.
Their straightforward hard rocking sound brought the crowd alive again, after a night of great music delivered by all four bands. Songs like I’m Glad You’re Dead, A Spider In The Dark, Mama (Don’t Take My Drugs Away), brought the energy level up to match the band, known for relentless touring (154 shows in 2016!) and high energy. Don’t miss them!
When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.