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SPIN66- Self Titled (2001) on "Garageband Records"
SPIN66- "Digital Self" (2004)


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San Antonio’s Spin66, started out as the vision of bassist, Joey Monosmith. Inspired by his love of female front women such as Shirely Manson and Gwen Stefani, Joey set out to create a song-oriented, hard rocking band fronted by a dynamic female vocalist. In 1996, after countless auditions, Joey discovered the ‘voice’ he’d been seeking in Heather Gasaway. Now a solid, kick ass four piece flaunting a rhythmically distinctive, keyboard-infused guitar rock sound comparable to Berlin, The Cars, No Doubt, and many of the bands that originally inspired Joey, Spin66 is poised to grab national attention with its ambitious sophomore CD, Digital Self.

Although Heather had neither, formal training nor prior professional singing experience before joining Spin66, her engaging voice combines the anthemic punch of Berlin’s Terry Nunn, the self-assured sass of Blondie’s Debbie Harry and the soulful sultriness of Garbage’s Shirley Manson, whom she cites as an influence. Sharing an ideal creative chemistry, Heather and Joey worked together as the core of Spin66 before solidifying a full line up in 1998, including Drummer Kyle Cunningham and Guitarist “Meatt.” In 2001, Spin66 signed a development deal with GarageBand Records and released its self-titled debut CD. The record was distributed to radio and Spin66's name recognition quickly spread, with several songs receiving air play. “GarageBand Records were very successful in promoting Spin66,” says Joey, “and we’re still benefiting from that effort. It definitely opened doors and accomplished quite a bit for us that we couldn’t have done on our own.”

Spin66 have played venues ranging in size from tiny clubs to huge festivals, opening for artists such as The Outfield, Blue Oyster Cult, Berlin, Joan Jett, and Motley Crue vocalist, Vince Neil, among many others.

Digital Self’s eleven tracks find Heather contributing significantly to the band’s songwriting efforts. “On the self-titled album, I didn’t have much input other than doing vocals,” she says. “Since then, I’ve gained so much experience, and my songwriting skills have really grown. I wanted Digital Self to have a positive message, about making the best of bad situations, growing from them, and being the strong one rather than the victim.” Heather offers that Digital Self is also “definitely musically edgier” than the band’s previous album. “We played around with some drum loops and incorporated more engineering techniques,” she says. “The album was just a lot of fun to record. Digital Self shows us growing more into our own sound.”

Just as each song tells a story, each has a distinctive sound. On “My Best Day” the group’s Berlin/Blondie/Garbage amalgam shines in Heather’s soaring vocals, cars-influenced keyboards and tight, layered harmonies. Heather cites “My Best Day” as a personal and crowd favorite. The song was also featured on San Antonio’s morning Talk Show, Great Day S A.

Musically, the contemplative “Beautiful Disaster” showcases Kyle’s dense, meticulously song-oriented drumming and Meatt’s inspiring power riffs. “Peace of Mind,” about moving on after a bad relationship, instantly hooks the listener with its locomotive groove borrowed from the Clash’s “Train In Vain.” The band’s lyrics also look at both sides of the fame coin. The irresistible “Teen Idol” shows the exuberant–yet-ephemeral nature of fame, while “No. 1 Fan” – with its modern drum ‘n’ bass texture -- reveals a darker side of fan worship.

In the midst of promoting Digital Self (available at Spin66.com) the band is gearing up to debut its new songs live, “I’m really proud of this album,” says Heather. “We’re all looking forward to performing the new songs live.

“We’ve come a long way together as a band,” adds Joey, “and you can hear the growth on this new album. We’ve taken what we’ve learned and used it to go further. We want to keep the forward momentum going.”