2002 - 2013
Another band that existed way before William came back from NYC, The Pariahs formed sometime in 1989 and went thru many incarnations. Lead by one Kevin “Troy Payne” Donahue… a man who truly was born in the wrong era. Mike Breen wrote of him in the local paper Citybeat… “an enigmatic character around Cincinnati, one of those people every city of reasonable size has a few of — someone who you consistently spot randomly walking down the street and, due to his distinct look, instantly recognize. Donahue’s tall frame and lumbering, frazzled swagger made him hard to miss. Kevin wasn’t some street urchin. Donahue was a die-hard music-head with a passion for, in particular, Garage Rock”. There was no other type of genre that would compliment his trademark ‘snotty’ vocal style. The Paria’s never had an original song… instead they did selections from Kevin’s vast garage collection. The only release they ever had was a cover of the Craigs ‘I Must Be Mad’ on the compilation ‘Cincinnati Music, Vol. 4 (Deary Me Records).
Originally William was hired on to play bass. A friend of Kevin and a new addition to the ever-evolving lineup…drummer Brian ‘Gooch’ Ashbough had suggested him for the position. Mike Stocks was brought in on guitar.. and had THEE worst sound to come out of a Marshall amp ever heard (sorry Mike… it had to be said!). Kevin was a little apprehensive at first… he thought William had a problem with being called out from the stage one night when The Cybermen had to cancel their opening slot because of a prior commitment William had. After a few (very) drunken gigs (which all of them were guilty), they threw in the towel.
Later, Gooch talked Kevin into reforming the Pariahs, this time with Tom Jorn on bass (and keys) and William on guitar. Again, after a few so-so gigs… they folded.
The next time he got the call was from one of Kevin’s best friends, bassist Scott Haggerty. Scott also brought in Jeffro ‘The Kid’ Hoffman on drums. The ‘Kid’ was the youngest of them all and wasn’t versed in the type of stuff they were doing… but picked up on it quickly as they rehearsed quite frequently. This lineup played out about every three months or so. They lasted more than a couple of years. In the spring of ’13 and after they got comfortable with the material, William brought them into krakdhaus to record their set. What you are hearing is the raw tracks from that session. Unfortunately, overdubs and a proper mix never materialized. William’s (rather ugly) guitar tone is from a processor going straight into the board (he had to stay in the control room and engineer at the same time as playing). He had plans for a completely different guitar sound… one that would match the genre. Alas, it never happened. But…at least they had recorded. It should be mentioned that at the time William was playing out with this lineup, he had severe back issues, which forced him to sit and play most of the time (in one of the photos from a gig at The Comet… you can see him leaning up against a wall). He freely admits, this was not very R & R! Because of his condition, he started to cancel rehearsals… causing (unbeknownst to him) the band to bring back long time whiz-guitarist Mike Weinel. William couldn’t blame them… but did take it a little hard, considering no one let him in on this. They continued with this lineup until Kevin was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He wound up outliving his doctors' predictions, but finally succumbed on Sept. 13th, 2015. He was 56 years old.
In late February of 2016, Scott tried to get together every member that had played in the band for a memorial gig and headstone fund raiser. William was able to play on a few songs. R.I.P. Kevin Donahue… a very unique person… and one of the best singer/frontman this city has had to offer rock and roll...