Sean Danielsen –
lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitars
Ryan Martin – bass guitar
Jake Kilmer – drums, backing vocals
Smile Empty Soul is an American post-grunge band from Santa
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
After playing numerous hometown gigs, Smile Empty Soul ventured
to the Sunset Strip, and later passed a demo to John Parker of
the Los Angeles indie label, ThroBack Records. That later led to
a record deal with Jason Flom's Lava Records – a subsidiary of
On May 27, 2003, the band released their self titled debut album
Smile Empty Soul. The album was produced by John Lewis Parker,
and three successful singles were released. In March 2005, the
album was certified gold with sales in excess of 500,000+.
Sometime after the recording of their second album "Anxiety" was
finished, drummer Derek Gledhill was replaced by Dominic Weir.
On September 22, 2005, during a concert at The Beaumont Club in
Kansas City, Missouri, frontman Sean Danielsen stated that their
new album Anxiety, would not be released due to issues with Lava
Records. The band told fans that in order to receive the new
album they could purchase one of a very limited number of burned
copies or attempt to download the album online via BitTorrent.
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had been replaced by Jake Kilmer, and Mike Booth (ex-Cold) was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".
Vultures debuted at #169 on the Billboard 200 album charts with
just over 5,000 copies sold. The band embarked on a
co-headlining tour with Evans Blue in support of the album in
November 2006. After that they went on tour with The Exies and
Egypt Central, with further support on select dates from
punk/post-hardcore band Brazil.
As of December 13, 2006, Vultures had sold 13,130 copies in the
Some time between April 17, 2007 and April 30, 2007 Smile Empty
Soul parted ways with Mike Booth which was a mutual split. The
band has yet to replace him, and has continued on as a 3-piece.
According to a post on the band's myspace page they will begin
recording their new record in Greenville, SC on February 1, 2008
In February, 2008, Smile Empty Soul announced that recording for
their new album entitled "Consciousness" was finished, but in
May, 2008, Smile Empty Soul returned to the studio to record a
few more songs for "Consciousness".
As of July 28, 2008, Smile Empty Soul has completed their new
On October 29, 2008, the band's Myspace page confirmed that they
had signed with F.O.F./EMI records.
The band's new album "Consciousness" was pushed back and was to
be released on June 16, 2009. This date has been pushed back
even further to sometime in July. The official release date for
the album is August 11, 2009.
On June 10, 2009 it was confirmed the album was bumped back to
August 25, 2009. Consciousness Released: August 25, 2009
In November 2009, the 2005 album "Anxiety" was released on