Coby Jackson and The Goats
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In 1999 Ed Portnow, a primary motivating factor in the infamous metal/punk/artcore band, the Dehumanizers, was a member of The Manatees. Guitarist Michael Dowers joined The Manatees that year but by 2003 the Manatees were no more. Michael and Ed continued to meet, working on a group of tunes Michael had developed over the years. This was the beginning of The Goats.

Ed was also involved in Vagrant Records label owner Erik 4-A’s side project Monkeys With Machine Guns, in the process meeting Jim Sadler, a veteran virtuoso of Seattle bands Vis-sVis, Sex Therapy, The Flyin' Saucers, Go Man Go, The Deep End, The Mercury Four and The Soul Proprietors. Jim and Ed hit it off, and Jim soon became a Goat.

Around the same time, Ed's longtime friend Art Behrman, an early member in lineups of art-rock bands Engine Kid, Bare Minimum, Fairgrove, and Tableland who’s also played shows with The Jesus Lizard, The Spinanes, and Crain and Shiner, also joined the Goats.

With the lineup now seemingly complete, The Goats entered Studio Litho, and with the help of engineer Floyd Reitma (Dave Mathews, Supersuckers, The Manatees), proceeded to record their self-titled first album, but not long after recording, Michael announced his need to leave the project. A few months later singer/songwriter Coby Jackson joined The Goats as guitarist/lead vocalist, bringing with him a new set of songs and a new sound. This new incarnation of The Goats moved from its instrumental jazz rock roots to a present mix of blues-influenced rock, folk, and pop. The Goats sound is a pendulum constantly swinging between harsh joy and sweetest pain.