In October 2011, three friends retreated to a basement to make horrible noise. Kevin was the guitarist, Jamie was the bassist, and Jake Mannino was on drums. Jake had never played drums in his life, so Jamie taught him as we went along. After Jake joined the military in mid-November, Jamie switched to drums.
Two months went by and several songs were written before Jamie suggested we ask the guitarist from his thrash band, Manic Repressive, to join as the bassist. After several beatings, John Foley was inducted into StaggerMonk and has since become the butt of every joke.
"We set out to make the heaviest, grooviest music we could. We like banging our heads and all, but our primary concern is giving personality to each song. We can't try to be anything we're not. Some songs, like "Possum Walk" and "SlenderMan" have a sort of whimsy to them that offsets the feeling of constant dread in the air.
Jamie is a drummer with thrash and death metal roots and it shows in his complex, bombastic playing.
Kevin draws influence from doom and stoner metal and likes to keep things simple and swinging, and sometimes a bit atmospheric. His vocals have been compared to that of a "dirty, southern, blues singer."
Foley, a multi-instrumentalist, hails from a variety of genres including pop-punk, metalcore, alt rock, and thrash. He effortlessly writes catchy riffs as if they already songs stuck in his head. He and Jamie also provide guttural back-up vocals.