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Smile Empty Soul
Smile Empty Soul in 2018, from left to right: Mark Young, Victor Ribas, Sean Danielsen
|Also known as||Hecklers Veto (1998–2001)|
|Origin||Santa Clarita, California, United States|
|Labels||Smile Empty Music |
Two Disciples Entertainment
F.O.F. Label Group
|Past members||Derek Gledhill|
Smile Empty Soul is an American post-grunge band, originally from Santa Clarita, California, United States. It was started in 1998 by Sean Danielsen (vocals and guitar), Ryan Martin (bass), and Derek Gledhill (drums). Following the departure of Gledhill and Martin from the band in 2005 and 2017, respectively, Danielsen remains the only founding member still active as well as the band's primary songwriter, frontman, and leader.
Smile Empty Soul formed in 1998, while its original members were attending different high schools in the Santa Clarita area. The band, originally a three-piece group, consisted of vocalist and guitarist Sean Danielsen, bassist Ryan Martin and drummer Derek Gledhill.
After playing numerous hometown gigs, Smile Empty Soul ventured to the Sunset Strip, and later gave a demo to John Parker of Los Angeles indie label, ThroBack Records, which led later on to a record deal with Jason Flom's Lava Records.
Self-titled debut album (2003–2005)
On May 27, 2003, the band released their self-titled debut album Smile Empty Soul. The album was produced by John Lewis Parker, and mixed by David J. Holman. Three singles, "Bottom of a Bottle", "Nowhere Kids" and "Silhouettes", were released via the recording. In March 2005, the album was certified gold with sales in excess of 500,000+.
In 2005, before the recording of their second album Anxiety was finished, drummer Derek Gledhill was replaced by Flickerstick percussionist Dominic Weir. Their album Anxiety was not released (at that time) due to the band parting ways with Lava Records after the company refused to release their record.
On July 13, 2006, Smile Empty Soul signed with independent label, Bieler Bros. Records. At this point, drummer Dominic Weir had been replaced by Jake Kilmer, and Mike Booth (ex-Cold) was added as a second guitarist.
On October 24, 2006, the band released Vultures, the official follow-up to their 2003 debut Smile Empty Soul. The album doesn't feature any songs from the unreleased Anxiety. The first single released was the song "The Hit".
Consciousness and More Anxiety (2009–2012)
Soon after recording for their new album entitled Consciousness was finished, the band returned to the studio to record a few more songs. Later on, the band confirmed that they had signed with F.O.F./EMI records. Consciousness was then released in August 2009.
On March 9, 2010, More Anxiety, a special edition of Anxiety including a bonus DVD was released.
In 2009, it was announced that Danielsen formed a new group called World Fire Brigade with Fuel vocalist Brett Scallions, which also consisted of bassist Brad Stewart (ex-Shinedown) and former Candiria drummer Ken Schalk. The debut studio album, entitled Spreading My Wings, was released in August 2012 through FrostByte Media.
In March 2012, "Afterlife", the first single from 3's, was released.
Later that year, October 1, 2013 was announced as the expected date of release.
In June 2013 it was announced that Smile Empty Soul formed an imprint label called Two Disciples Entertainment in conjunction with Pavement Entertainment and would release Chemicals in fall of 2013.
In September 2015, the ensemble also announced through their Facebook page that in early 2016, an EP and DVD was expected. In November 2015, the band stated that the artwork for the EP is complete. The work, whose title was announced in January 2016 as Shapeshifter is scheduled for release on 1 April 2016.
Rarities , Oblivion and Sheep (2017–present)
In October 2016, the band stated via their Facebook page that in early 2017, they plan to release a compilation album consisting of 13 rare and unreleased tracks. On 10 December 2016 the compilation album was announced as Rarities as well as artwork and some track names.
In September 2017, the ensemble announced via their Facebook page that Kilmer and Martin would be parting ways with Smile Empty Soul, leaving Danielsen as the only remaining original band member. Mark Young, originally from Hed PE and Victor Ribas, originally from HURT, have joined the band as both touring and recording musicians on bass and drums/percussion/vocals respectively.
In May 2018, Young announced his departure from the ensemble.
On February 7, 2019 it was announced that Smile Empty Soul will be releasing an acoustic EP titled The Acoustic Sessions. Volume 1 In August 2019, Danielsen announced that the ensemble planned to release an EP entitled Sheep .
- Ryan Martin – bass guitar (1998–2017)
- Jake Kilmer – drums, backing vocals (2006–2017)
- Derek Gledhill – drums, backing vocals (1998–2005)
- Dominic Weir – drums (2005–2006)
- Mike Booth – lead guitars (2006–2007)
- Mark Young – bass guitar (2017–2018) 
- Victor Ribas – drums, backing vocals (2017–2018)
- Jody Linnell - bass guitar (2019) 
Former touring members
- Phil Lipscomb – bass guitar (2014) 
- Preston Rodgers – bass guitar (2018) 
- John LeCompt – bass guitar (2018) 
- Tom Minogue – bass guitar (2019) 
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Smile Empty Soul||94||—|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
|The Acoustic Sessions. Volume 1||
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2003||"Bottom of a Bottle"[A]||107||7||8||Smile Empty Soul|
|2005||"Don't Need You"||—||—||37||Anxiety|
|2007||"Here's to Another"||—||—||—|
|2009||"Don't Ever Leave"||—||—||39||Consciousness|
|2010||"Alone with Nothing"||—||—||—|
|2016||"All In My Head"||—||—||—||Shapeshifter|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.