Near-tragic auto accident took Akron band on a journey that forever changed them and their music

Near-tragic car accident doesn't stop Akron band

AKRON, Ohio - Akron indie-rock band Taxidermy Special has had a long and tough road making it in the music biz.

Taxidermy Special is a group of close friends that live to make music. The trio, of Joe McGee on drums with Ben Patrick and Will Cardina on guitar, play old school rock and roll.

They are well known in the Akron playing clubs and coffeehouses. They have much to celebrate. They just released their first EP, it has five songs.

"I've waited for years just to have an actual good copy of like my music, our music and we finally have it," said McGee.

"We're really proud of what we do and we put a lot into it, we finally reached a point where we can hand it over to other people that want to hear it," said Cardina.

"We are all alive and well because we all could have been really messed up," said McGee.

They were messed up in a near tragic car accident. The band was traveling on slick roads in Kentucky last year when their car was hit by a semi-truck. The car flipped, throwing all of the heavy equipment on them. Joe suffered the worst, with a severe brain injury and a ton of broken bones. He was in an induced coma for two months. Doctors were unsure if he would ever walk again, let alone play drums.

"My entire family, my band, friends, they didn't think I was going to be able to do it," said McGee.

But he did do it, showing an amazing positive attitude and working extra hard at rehab.

"The recovery, to be plain and simple, sucked. It was really hard but it was one of those things where I wasn't stopping until I was at my best," said McGee.

Joe is walking today, albeit with a lot of pain, convincing him to pick up the drum sticks that was even more difficult. After months of trying, his band called him to the stage at a performance.

"So I went up there and did it and it just came back. It was one of those things I was so scared when I was walking up there, by the end one I was exhausted and two I was the happiest man alive," said McGee.

So the trio is making music again, and plans to keep writing, playing, and recording to reach a broader audience.

The EP is for sale at Square Records in Highland Square area of Akron for $5. To learn more about Taxidermy Special, listen to their songs and a link for a free download of their EP "Alive and Well" go here:


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