From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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Reunited metal act Spineshank has posted the following message online:
"Ok guys, here is a bit of a progress report. Things are moving along pretty nicely, we have about half the record written. Some song titles are "I Am Damage," "Anger Denial Acceptance" and "The Reckoning". Our good friend Jay Baumgardner will be mixing some songs for us next week so we will post some new stuff up as soon as it is done. Jay co-produced Strictly Diesel and mixed Self Destructive Pattern, he is an awesome mixer and a part of the family so we are excited to have him back in the fold again. The writing is going pretty quickly considering that Jonny lives 1000 miles away and can only come out in 4 or 5 day streaks at a time. We are on track to have the new record written by the end of the year. We plan on writing about 20 songs and picking the best 10-12 songs for the record. We have also started rehearsing some of the old songs to get ready for touring early next year. We will get some of the old songs posted up on here as soon as Roadrunner gives us the ok. I have been trying to get approval from them for months but cant seem to get the rights to our own songs. Unbelievable. Thats all for now."
A posting on the official Spineshank Myspace has confirmed that Silent Civilian, the band formed by lead singer after his departure from Spineshank, will not disband. The full post reads as follows:
"You guys are awesome!! the response from you has been amazing, it feels like we never went away. i would love to respond to each of you personally, and i will try to get to that, but i just wanted to answer a few questions that have been coming up a lot. First of all, you dont have to worry about us abandoning our sound, there will be plenty of electronics/loops/synths on this record. Jonny is also singing better than he ever has, so there will be a ton of singing and melody as well. This will definitely be heavier than our previous albums but it will not be all bashing. I can whole heartedly promise you that we will not be trying to be anything we are not. this is simply going to be Spineshank 5 years later. there will be a few new elements but it will be undeniably us (for better or worse!!!)
"As far as Silent Civillian goes, Jonny is obviously concentrating on Spineshank right now, but he does plan on doing another record in the future. Jonny will also be playing some guitar in spineshank from now on, It will give Mike a little bit freedom in a live setting and add a bit more balls to the live show. If you guys have any questions dont hesitate to ask, it may take some time but we will try to get back to each one of you."
Spineshank are now officially back with lead singer Jonny Santos after five years of inactivity. The band have apparantly completed five new songs and plan on writing around 15 more and then heading into the studio to record a new album. The band has posted a brand new song entitled, "Born Conform Repent" online at their official Myspace page.
Drummer Tommy Decker says: "All the bad blood and differences that led to the break up have all been put behind us. It feels right again, were not being pressured to write a single or look a certain way, were doing it because we want to."
Singer Jonny Santos adds: "I think splitting when we did might have been a good decision. We were at a high point in our career, we ended it on our owns terms." More...
The former members of defunct band Spineshank are once again on the hunt for a new singer. They are not, however, looking for a vocalist for Spineshank itself, but for someone to front their new project, for which no name has yet been released. The guys are looking for someone with both screaming and clean singing capabilities, and have listed vocal influences they admire and would emulate as Mike Patton, Trent Reznor, Phil Anselmo, Rob Flynn and Daryl Palumbo. If you have what it takes and you're interested in trying out, you can get some more information by contacting this email address: email@example.com
Roadrunner Records will be releasing a Spineshank best of album titled 'The Best Of Spineshank' on January 29th, check out the tracklist below:
1. Violent Mood Swings
4. Dead To Me
6. The Height Of Callousness
7. New Disease
9. Cyanide 2600
11. Where We Fall
It's been two years since Jonny Santos left Spineshank, and the singer says he has no regrets about the move. He's starting from scratch with his newest project, Silent Civilian. The band is on the road through the end of the month with Nothingface, and on April 18 its debut offering, Rebirth of the Temple, will hit the streets. Santos says he couldn't be doing better these days.
"I think I made the best record I've made in my entire life, to be honest with you," he said from the back of Silent Civilian's RV. "This was the first time I didn't have anyone telling me, 'Oh, we need a single. Oh, we need this. Oh, we need that. We have to keep the songs under three minutes and 30 seconds.' It's a very dynamic record — it's brutal and passionate. I'm in the band now that I've always wanted to be in."
Spineshank had run their course for Santos. "I wasn't having fun anymore," he said. "I didn't feel like I was making the music I wanted to make, and I wasn't happy with the way our relationships were going as individuals. Spineshank did what it was going to do, and I don't regret one day of being in that band. It was just done. We were nominated for a Grammy, and I wanted to go out on a high note."
While he left the remaining members of Spineshank behind to pick up the pieces — they've since recruited Brandon Espinoza to replace Santos and will soon rename the group — Silent Civilian are in fifth gear. The band recently shot a video for the album's title track with director Scott Culver (Yellowcard, Mikoto) at Santos' childhood home — the singer hosted a barbecue in the backyard and invited all of his friends down to throw 'em back. Static-X's Wayne Static, former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader and Soulfly's Roy Mayorga all make cameos in the clip.
Santos says there are big things in the works for the summer. Nothing is set in stone yet, but he'd like to see Silent Civilian added to this summer's Sounds of the Underground run, which will feature As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder and Cannibal Corpse, among others.
As for Silent Civilian's debut, the band recorded 15 tracks, 13 of which will make the final list. One of the leftovers, he says, was a cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble," which will appear on a forthcoming, yet-untitled tribute to the band due in stores June 6. Other songs include "Funeral," "Lies in the House of Shame," "Live Again," "Force Fed" and "Falling Down," which was inspired by the Michael Douglas flick and, Santos said, "is like the most brutal thrash song ever, dude — it just f---ing kicks your ass for four minutes straight."
SILENT CIVILIAN, the new band featuring former SPINESHANK vocalist Jonny Santos, have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Rebirth of the Temple", due on March 21, 2006 via Mediaskare.
"Rebirth of the Temple" was recorded at Undercity Recordings with former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader producing and mixing. Four tracks from the album will be posted on the band's MySpace page on Friday, December 30 to coincide with their show that night at the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA. Also appearing at the show will be labelmates NEW DEAD RADIO.
"Rebirth of the Temple" track listing:
01. Intro - A Call to Arms
03. The Song Remains Un-Named
04. Rebirth of the Temple
06. Bitter Pill
07. Force Fed
08. Lies in the House of Shame
10. Dead to Me
11. Blood Red Sky
12. Falling Down
13. Live Again
In other news, SILENT CIVILIAN have aligned themselves with former YELLOWCARD/MEDICATION manager Baron Bodnar. The band will be filming a video for the title track from "Rebirth of the Temple" with director Scott Culver (YELLOWCARD, HIT THE LIGHTS, MIKOTO) the weekend of January 15 in the Los Angeles area. The concept for the video is an ode to the glory days of old-school thrash metal. More information, such as where the video shoot will be held, will be released shortly.
Silent Civilian, featuring one-time Spineshank frontman Jonny Santos, has signed with Mediaskare Records and will release their debut album, tentatively titled "Rebirth Of The Temple," on February 21st through the label. The band has been in the studio with producer Logan Mader (Machine Head) since mid-October recording the album, and plan to be finished recording in mid-November. For now, three demo versions of the tracks "Lies In The House Of Shame," "Divided" and the title track "Rebirth Of The Temple" can be listened to here. While in the studio, the band will be posting updates on Mediaskare's "Making The Record" Myspace page.
Former SPINESHANK frontman Jonny Santos' latest project SILENT CIVILIAN have now signed a deal with Mediaskare following their departure from Cleveland-based Corporate Punishment Records. There are said to be plans for an early 2006 release, and tour to support the release.
Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.
Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.
Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...
Former SPINESHANK frontman Jonny Santos has issued the following update on his SILENT CIVILIAN project:
"I know I havent posted in a while but as I'm sure you all know, I have been busy as hell. Well there is a lot going on right now and I think you guys/girls should know what is happening. There is bad news, and good news.
"Bad news. Due to personal reasons not related to the band, Ryan [Ready, guitar] has decided to bow out and leave the band. This was not an easy decision for him and he will truely be missed. I have been friends with Ryan since high school and have had the pleasure of being in two bands with him and his presence has always brought a smile to my face and those who have had the opportunity to play with him. Chris [Mora, drums], Henno [bass], and myself wish him only the best in life and hope that he finds the peace he is looking for. He said to tell all of you that he is sorry, and he thanks you for the support given during his time in SILENT CIVILIAN. I am sure we will eventually see Ryan surface in something else, but he has much to deal with right now and this band is too demanding of him at this present time. Thank you, Ryan, you will be missed.
"OK, onto the good news. Because of Ryan's departure, we were in a scramble to find someone good, and someone fast. I thought of a lot of people and the one person whom I knew would be right for the job was an old friend of mine by the name of Tim Mankowski. I have known Tim for roughly 15 years and he just so happened to be in BASIC ENIGMA with me and Tommy for a couple of years. He was a shredder back then, and he still is. So… I want everyone to give Tim a big ol SILENT CIVILIAN welcome!! He auditioned the day after Ryan left and is currently up to pace with us in less than a week. He is a great guy and a very talented guitar player. We look forward to having a great carreer together. As soon as he has a MySpace page, we will post a link.
"Finally, we [have posted] the last and final song you guys will get till the record comes out. . .The name of the song is 'Divided' and [is] the first song you hear when you load the [MySpace] page.
"Those of you who are on the West Coast might get an opportunity to see the band live as we are preparing to play a few dates in California next month. We will be playing in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area just to have a little fun. We feel we should get our feet wet, and hope our Cali fans can make it out. I will post the dates as soon as they are booked."
Former SPINESHANK frontman Jonny Santos has issued the following update on his SILENT CIVILIANS project:
"Just wanna update everyone on what's happening. As of right now, we have about 13 songs written and we are still going strong six days a week. We want to apologize for the time we are taking, but if there is one thing I've learned in the past it's that you can't force out good music. I will say that the material is very, very heavy. Heavier than anything I have ever done, including SPINESHANK. Don't worry, I still sing in parts, but the music is much more guitar-driven than SPINESHANK was, and there is a lot of double bass and heavy drum playing. This is why I always wanted another guitar player when I was in the SHANK, I just don't think you can compete with only one guitar player in your band unless you're fuckin Dimebag or Eddie Van Halen!!
"Ryan and I both are doing guitar solos in almost every song because I think it's the way it should be. METAL!! The songs average in about 4-6 minutes in length. a few almost 7 minutes. We are writing a record for real metalheads, not the pop culture. There will be no filler on this record at all. Just a full-blown metal assault on your ears and your neighbors ears too!! More...
Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.
Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...
SpineShank drummer Tommy Decker has expanded upon the recent months of inactivity surrounding the band, here's what he had to say:
"Ok, so Its been forever since we've given you an update the reason for that is that we took a few months off and there was really no news to report. We had been through tons of singers and were pretty frustrated with the whole situation, so a couple of months off really helped clear our heads. Mike and I have been in the studio producing and recording other people (which we will continue to do) and Rob has been keeping himself busy with other things. In the past year we've written a lot of songs and tried out tons of singers, some that you all have heard of and some unknowns. A lot of these guys could've easily done the job of continuing SpineShank where we left off But we want more than that. So we held off until we found someone that we really clicked with. We've been working with someone for a while now and its going really good, (no names yet because of the legal bullshit) it has all the elements that SpineShank has always had, but it doesn't sound like SpineShank. We've never liked to repeat ourselves and have always expanded our sound after every record and this time is no different. The fact that there is a different voice singing over the music is obviously going to make a huge difference, and we are obviously in a different place musically than we were when we wrote SDP. A lot of that record was really forced, it was hard to get the 4 of us to agree on anything. There was a lot of pressure to write songs for the radio and there was a lot of fighting when it came to the direction the band should go in. For the 1st time in years it feels like a band again, writing music doesn't end in a fight and we all get along personally and creatively. As for the name SpineShank, Were not sure what were going to do yet. If it sounds like the next SpineShank record then I guess we will keep the name, if it doesn't... we wont. I'm proud of everything we've done, but its time to concentrate on the future and move on. Well, that's it for now. I will update again when there is something to talk about. "
Jonny Santos, former SpineShank frontman and more recently involved with his own project Temper, recently elected to take leave of the music industry for the foreseeable future, leaving the following statement behind:
"Hey everyone, First off i would like to thank all who have been so patient in waiting for Temper to surface with an album. Unfortunately I dont see that happening anytime soon. Temper will be going on hiatus and we dont know when or if the band will resurface. This is mainly due to myself and others in the band pursuing other projects. I know you guys are probably just getting used to me being in a new band but I just dont have the time to be in a band right now. I am trying to spend more time with my family lately since i was on the road for so many years and i need to take a break. Matt and Rob are also experiencing similar situations, as we all know that Matt owns Funeral Clothing(www.funeralclothing.com) which is a fulltime job in itself, and Rob is pursuing a new buisness venture that will take him away for a while. Jermz and Chris are going to continue with some sort of project and as soon as they are ready the will announce it on the message board which i plan to leave up and running for you guys. As for myself, some of you may know that i was a custom motorcycle builder before i was in spineshank. Well I will be doing that again for a while because its my 2nd love after music, and it will allow me to stay home for a while. It is safe to say that I will return to music eventually but I really need to breathe for a while.I will continue to manage bands so if any of you would like to submit material i will be listing a p.o. box on the message board for you this week. I hope all of you understand and I would like to thank you guys for all the support."
SPINESHANK have launched the search for a new lead singer to replace Jonny Santos, who left the group earlier in the month over "musical" differences.
Interested parties can send packages (music, photo, bio) to:
King Artist Management
N Kings Rd # 102
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Or you can e-mail the material to: Spineshanksinger@aol.com
In a recent interveiw with Tommy Decker the drummer of SPINESHANK he states Jonny has officially left the band due to "discrepancies" within the band. Here is the official statement:
"The rumour is true. It is an amicable split and is mainly due to musical differences. The four of us have accomplished a lot of things together, the biggest being our most recent Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for 'Smothered'. We are all very proud of the music that we have made over the years but the time has come for us all to move on. As for the future of SpineShank - Mike, Rob and myself will begin the search for a new singer as we write new material and continue to build upon the foundation we have made as SpineShank.
We wish Jonny the best of luck in all of his future endeavors"
Recent rumors circulating suggest that Spineshank have parted ways with their vocalist Jonny Santos. A number of different scenarios regarding the split have been flying around, though no official word has been released on the matter as of yet.