“I wrote a few songs. The first song I wrote I co-wrote with Dave was called “Trendies” and I wrote another one called “Dead Cold.” James and I both sang together on these songs as neither one of us really knew how to “sing” so we shouted the lyrics,” Kevin told me, after I asked him about his early compositions, and his first song ever. “The lyrics were about kids we didn’t like in school because of trend following and also about serial killers and psychos we would see on late night TV in the late 80s.”
In addition to Kevin and Dave, Mainliner also included Eli Yerusalim on rhythm guitar, and Brian Shuey on bass. This early version of the band, found a way to record a 10-song demo tape. “The actual release was put out on cassette and called 10 Ways To Kill Your Lover. The cassette was professionally packaged and the pressing of 100 sold out very quickly at our local record store” said Kevin on the band’s first recordings. “The college kids loved it for some reason. We were all about 19-20 years old at the time. It came out in 1993, I think.”
After Manliner broke up in 1994, Dave DeSanto drummed for the Disappointments and later started the solo act Tortured Tongues. Tim McCoy played with the Disappointments. Kevin McGovern and Brian Shuey started the Prostitutes.