Enter Moby Jane. Sure, if you go back far enough you can find all of their influences spouting from the same rock like water under Mose’s rod. But the four members of the band have taken different roads, encompassing everything from classic rock to the blunt-nosed Midwestern neopunk of bands like the Jesus Lizard and Mule. They’ve all done their time in miscellaneous bands we no longer care to remember. Now they are together.
They began in the grand tradition of their forefathers, crafting their tunes out of extended jams on stage and in practice. The songs were never the same twice, Moby Jane thrived on creating spontaneity, pushing the envelope of their abilities and what the songs (and the audience) could take. By the summer of ’94 they’d amassed about sixty live performances, and it was time to set down some of their music for the record.
The first to be released was a cassette-only recording of their live performance at Roxanne's Nite Club on October 1, 1993. It was recorded at an opening performance for the Mark Mikel Hallucination. This Metal Coil followed…recorded over the summer by Toledo guru Mark Mikel, it captures the Janes (with former bassist Mike Walle) at their organic best. Reveling in their past with both feet firmly planted in the present, the band set down their best work to date – then stopped.
For several months after the recording, Moby Jane buckled and strained under the internal conflicts and pressures that collapse lesser entities. Live shows ceased as the group questioned not only its existence but its direction and purpose. By the time things had been more or of less hashed out, Toledo-based Sin Klub Entertainment had approached Moby about releasing This Metal Coil for public consumption. The band, now assured of its survival, eagerly jumped into bed with the ultrahip (and unbiased!) label for the release and promotion of the album.
This Metal Coil, like all good rock albums is a milestone for the band. It marks a turning point in songwriting, musicality, and state of mind for these four stalwarts. They still don’t agree on much, but they had proven themselves willing to stick it out and work together.