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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Music Monday Flashback Featuring #ThreeSixtySmile

Three-Sixty Smile was not your typical rock band. These Saint Louis legends were originally founded in 2004 by former members of the band Mindrive Josh Herr (Vocals/Guitar) and Joey Natas (Drums). During this transformation period they were rounded out by guitarist Jonny Baynes and bassist Jeff Boyer. Josh had thought provoking lyrics and the music was balanced by both driving and melodic guitar riffs that came across infectious and refreshing. He liked to write about the everyday challenges in life. Notable influences of the band were as follows: Cold, Socialburn, Crossfade, Seether, Blue October, Metallica, Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson and Nirvana.

The band had been featured and received both commercial and specialty spins on many regional stations including: KPNT 105.7 The Point (St. Louis), 19th market WVRV 101.1 The River (St. Louis), 19th market KBBM 100.1 The Buzz (Columbia, MO), KKID 92.9 (Rolla, MO), KBVU 97.5 The Edge (Storm Lake, IA), KANR 92.7 The Fly (Wichita, KS), WLCA 89.9 (Godfrey, IL), KANR 99.9 The Fox (Columbus, MS), and WDLJ (Carlyle, IL). They also got spins on a numerous number of college and independent radio stations all over country. 360 had been featured on countless internet outlets as well including iChannel, GarageBand (featured artist), Alternative Addiction (featured artist) PureVolume, MySpace, PartyTown, Hollywood Records, KRUSH Radio and countless others.

Three-Sixty Smile had the honor of sharing the stage with a lot of great acts over the years highlighted by performances with Blue October, Cold, Static X, Buckcherry, Smile Empty Soul, Socialburn, Shortie, Flyleaf, Blood Simple, American Head Charge, Billy Talent, Adema, Candlebox/ Kevin Martin & the HiWatts. 360 was also crowned winner of the 2006 Battle for Pointfest in Summer 2006 which earned them the right to open 105.7 The Point’s "Pointfest 18" along side such great acts such as Shinedown, Coheed and Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold, Trapt, Hurt and many others at UMB Bank Pavilion. (Now Hollywood Casino Ampitheater). Because of their rapid expansion, 360 headlined or played every major venue in St. Louis and the surrounding regional area with very notable shows at UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Charles Family Arena, The Pageant, Pop's, The Hard Rock Cafe, Mississippi Nights and The Blue Note and All Stars among countless others. 360 Smile had a huge CD Release party for their Change Your World EP at Pop’s (Sauget,IL) with over 1000 in attendance. The band toured regionally two years spanning a 900 mi. radius in the Midwest and south with dates in twelve states. In addition, they were invited to SXSW in Austin, Texas. Their relentless style and powerful live show pushed the band to gain an ever-growing fan base of rabid 360 fans. They were managed by Justin Boyd for quite some time.

In 2005 Three-Sixty Smile received sponsorship from Budweiser to become part of the True Music Live program. This was a major step for the band and the relationship between the band and Bud True Music. The band was also picked up by Spector basses in 2005 as well.

Three-Sixty Smile sold over 5000 units of their first two independently released CD's titled "Sex Is A Weapon" & "Mindriven". SIAW and Mindriven were respectively produced by Kevin Gerdes and Allen Hessler (Story of the Year, Calico System, Unchained, New Empire w/ Bert McCracken/The Used) and have proven to be a milestone for 360 Smile and the direction of their music. The band released their highly anticipated EP “Change Your World” in October of 2006. Credits on this release include engineers Paul Altnether and Jimmi Gunn (Steve Ewing/The Urge, Skrimshaker, A Bit Shifty, Logic) along with producer Jon Armstrong (Colony/ MCA Recording) and mastering by Brad Sarno (Blue Jade). In September 2006, 360 Smile was signed to In The Loop Records, an independent label based in St. Louis. They went to Los Angeles to record their full-length label debut with Kris Kohls (Adema) and Tom Baker mastering. It was set for a tentative release in 2007. Things did not work out with the label and in the fall of 2009 Josh Herr passed away. In January of 2010 a memorial show was held in the honor of his life at Pop's Nightclub And Concert Venue in Sauget, IL. The band will always be remembered for their passion and drive during their time spent together. Their music and memory will always live on.

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