The Ex-Man With Doc Coyle
Riding The Wave
I have always been fascinated by underground music. I have distinct memories of being around 6 years old when MTV first debuted back in 1981. Back then, they featured lots of British bands in their rotation. Videos from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Madness had me riveted to the TV and my brain permanently wired to seek out alternative pathways for exploring new music.
In the early 2000’s there was another era of underground music that I had the fortune of becoming engrossed in as well. This movement was the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and it made significant noise in the industry through a variety of bands fusing various influences like thrash and hardcore punk.
Bands within this scene reached commercial heights that will most likely never be met again by such a large number of artists at the same time under the realm of aggressive Rock ‘n’ Roll. Metalcore, as the scene and style of music, got tagged, exploded.
Bands like Lamb of God and Shadows Fall toured worldwide and had coveted slots on the iconic national touring property Ozzfest. MTV revived Headbangers Ball to get in on the resurgence of Metal and many bands from this time sold well into the hundreds of thousands of album sales.
God Forbid from New Jersey was one of those bands that were firmly entrenched with street credibility, commercial sales, major tours, and the chops on stage to hang with the scenes preeminent acts. Doc Coyle was a co-founder and guitarist from God Forbid and was globally recognized as one of the truly good dudes from that era.
Doc and God Forbid rode the NWOAHM crest as good as any band out there but what happens when scenes evaporate, bands break up, and you are left alone as an individual trying to figure out your place in the world? For Doc, and thankfully for all us out there in the audience, he turned to podcasting and launched The Ex-Man podcast.
For anyone out there that was a fan or active participant in the era of the NWOAHM, then faithfully listening to The Ex-Man podcast is a no-brainer. You will revel in hearing tales from the litany of colorful characters from Doc’s expansive network. It is a highly entertaining peek behind the curtain of the music industry.
A Mission Beyond Storytelling
There is something else going on with Doc’s podcast, though, that gets deeper than just stories from tours getting recounted in all their glory. Doc’s show is as much to do about life and the human experience as it is about reliving blasts from the past.
How tied up do our egos and identities get with our work and careers? How do we stay active and relevant in our pursuits of passions when the world and tastes surrounding us are constantly shifting and evolving? How do we continue to progress and develop as human beings independently of what our pursuits are currently delivering for us?
These are all high-level life discussions that Doc takes on with a commendable amount of self-awareness and openness. All the stories and reflections from the past serve as a outlet to try and figure out a better life right now.
A Second Act For Doc
In the midst of Doc setting out to explore these themes on his show, something fascinating and rather unexpected began to happen for Doc as well. His newest band, Bad Wolves, began to blow up. They have been blowing up in ways that quite frankly very few bands from his formative years could even begin to imagine.
Bad Wolves did a cover of The Cranberries “Zombie” and it popped off. The song was a mainstay on pop radio with the likes of Spyder Harrison introducing it on the weekend countdown shows.
This phenomenon of “Zombie” added a whole other layer and element to Doc and his podcast that he could have never planned or imagined when launching the show.
In a moment of vulnerability Doc shared a recent challenge on social media of proudly sharing moments like receiving a platinum record while also not wanting to come off as bragging or having his identity getting co-mingled with the shine of success.
Doc noted his prior social media challenges consisted of wanting to position himself on his platforms in the best light possible as an active artist with projects cooking and things happening. It is a new day with a new breed of challenges for Doc, like immense road weariness, and he is living them right out in the open for all of us on his show.
The Best Episodes
Doc has been at it for a few years now putting out shows for The Ex-Man podcast. He has put together a nice sized back catalog of shows featuring a who’s who of artists, industry types, and personas from the music industry.
We have compiled the 7 best episodes of The Ex-Man podcast to pay homage to a show that always seems to deliver a nugget of wisdom for the listener in addition to offering unique perspectives on the music industry and sharing compelling tales from the past.
From the Jabberjaw Media Podcast Network these are the 7 Best Episodes Of The Ex-Man Podcast:
1. Rob Flynn
Machine Head appears to be going through a transition and may even possibly be in jeopardy of nearing their end, however, the band may have solidified legacy act status having endured for decades and transcending scenes. Founder Rob Flynn is one of Metal’s most scrutinized characters. I respect Rob for all the openness and candor he speaks to Doc with on mental health issues during the episode.
3. Anthony Martini
Known to many as Ant Money, Anthony Martini has had a fascinating ride in the music industry from founding and fronting as a teenager E-Town Concrete, one of the most iconic bands from the underground hardcore scene, to ascending as a talent manager guiding some heavy-hitters within hip-hop like Tyga.
4. Mike Gitter
There is no more mysterious or acclaimed position within the music industry than the famed A&R guy. Mike Gitter has signed and guided from the label side some of the biggest names in metal and punk history including Bad Religion, Killswitch Engage, and Megadeth. This is a great glimpse into the world of working at a label.
5. Lorenzo Antonucci
Lorenzo has also experienced a wild ride in career, starting out in the notorious NYC beatdown band Sworn Enemy and eventually transitioning to becoming a professional wrestler and ultimately an actor out in Hollywood. The stories that unfold during this episode told in Lorenzo’s signature New York accent are pure gold.
6. Mike Couls
Mike, known more by a nickname I shall never dare type in this article, has an incredibly compelling life story. He is like the hardcore punk utility man, having served stints with a handful of acts like Cold As Life, Terror, and Sworn Enemy, and more. He has stories that could probably fill an entire podcast series by himself. This episode serves as a complimentary piece to Lorenzo’s appearance, as Mike jokingly differs in memory on several shared moments from their past as previous bandmates.
7. Eric German
Eric German is a music industry attorney and self-proclaimed diehard metal head. Doc and Eric get into a pretty fascinating discussion about the whole Napster era. Eric brings an interesting perspective as a foot soldier attorney who fought the legal battles on behalf of the recording industry back then.
Are you a loyal listener of The Ex-Man Podcast? Which episode was your favorite that did not make our feature list? Please leave it in the comments. We would love to hear from you.