On Friday 14th October, Kevin J Mahoney, former vocalist in American Hardcore band SIEGE, passed away. The cause of death is not clear, but his obituary states it was sudden while other sources suggests he passed away in his sleep.
Mahoney was born on 6th September 1965 and came to Punk Rock prominence in 1983 when - as vocalist and saxophonist - he joined Kurt Habelt, Henry McNamee and Rob Williams to complete the line-up of Weymouth, Massachusetts band, SIEGE. Although Mahoney was from Braintree, MA (closer to Boston and home to both JERRY'S KIDS and GANG GREEN), SIEGE was never truly accepted by Boston's XClaim scene.
In 1984, the band recorded it's hyper-speed, brutal Hardcore sound at Radiobeat Studios with Lou Giordano. The six track demo, 'Drop Dead', won SIEGE the support of Pushead who, in 1985, put three of the band's songs on his compilation, 'Cleanse The Bacteria'. These three tracks were the only 'official' release the band released, although a number of compilations have since come to the surface.
The same year, the band was set to play its first New York City show at the legendary CBGBS, supporting THE NECROS. Mahoney failed to show up and the band split-up soon after. They did reform briefly in the early 1990s, but this was without Mahoney's inclusion.
At the time of his passing, Kevin was working in the IT department at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he had served in many capacities in his several years there. Prior to Children’s, Kevin worked for many years - beginning in 1992 - in the IT department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.
Donations in memory of Kevin may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Reseach Foundation 60 Walnut Street #102, Wellesley,Ma 02581. To leave online condolences please go to the McDonald Funeral Home web site at www.McDonald-FuneralHomes.com