SPINESHANK Drummer: 'We Wanted To Play Heavier Music Than JONNY Did'

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker has vowed to carry on with the band following vocalist Jonny Santos' departure due to musical differences. "We're working on new stuff as we speak," he wrote in the group's official discussion forum. "SPINESHANK is one of the most important things in my life and I want only the best for it. We are looking for a new singer, if the new stuff feels like SPINESHANK, then we will continue on with the name.

"A big part of the split was because the three of us [Decker, guitarist Mike Sarkisyan, and bassist Robert Garcia] want to play heavier music than Jonny does," he added. "Now we are able to find someone who shares our vision."

Prior to Santos' departure, SPINESHANK had issued three full-length albums through the Roadrunner label: "Strictly Diesel" (1998), "The Height Of Callousness" (2000) and "Self-Destructive Pattern" (2003). A track from the latest album, "Smothered", was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance."


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