The Costigans was formed by John Najm and David Kirkland, two long time childhood friends from Katy, TX. John, the veteran of the group, began playing guitar in garage bands as early as junior high school when he started on the guitar. From his early childhood when he spent his time singing to Michael Jackson hits to his high school years when he began performing in front of audiences on stage, he always knew he wanted to be a rock star. But it wasn’t until he began collaborating with David that The Costigans began to take shape.
Although friends since 8 and 9 years of age, when David moved in on the same street, the two had never thought of playing music together. While John had his eyes set on performing for years, David, a self taught musician, had never given any thought to being in a band. He always had an ear for music, and began teaching himself the piano in 9th grade, when he learned his first song, Fur Elise. But he was too busy chasing his dreams of making it to the NBA to concentrate fully on music…That didn’t work out too well. After battling cancer during his junior year of high school, David finished up and headed off to the University of Notre Dame, continuing with music as a hobby.
It wasn’t until he finished up his first year and returned the next summer that David and John began collaborating. John had been a one man work of art during the past year, writing and recording his own songs in his home studio, but during the summer of 2008, David and John wrote and recorded their first song. It wasn’t official right away, but that summer is when The Costigans began. The two joined creative forces and focused on writing as many songs together as they could. Soon after they began looking for a drummer for live performances.
For Anthony, The Costigans was his first band as well, aside from playing for his church band. But he did have some experience under the bright lights: he had his own recurring roll on NBC’s production Friday Night Lights, appearing in 13 episodes as a football player. And judging from the fact that he also worked as a jail guard in Houston, TX, yeah, he is not one to mess with.
Soon enough, Cody Loree (lead guitarist) and John Rucker (bassist) joined the group. With the five together, their creative potential began to emerge as they wrote and recorded over 60 songs, gaining over 14,000 fans on MySpace in under a year. But that’s not near enough for them. With their passion driving their vision, they won’t be satisfied until their music is heard around the world.
Band MembersJOHN NAJM - vocals, guitar...DAVID KIRKLAND - keys, vocals...CODY LOREE - lead Guitar...JOHN RUCKER - bass...ANTHONY SOLOMON - drum