Derek Gledhill Dominic Weir Mike Booth Ryan Martin Jake Kilmer Mark Young Victor Ribas
Smile Empty Soul is an Americanrock 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.
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 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".
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.
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.
On November 3, 2014, Danielsen released his second solo EP entitled Food Chain.
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 .
On February 14, 2020 Sean was teasing new gear on Smile Empty Soul Page with Caption "Interesting things to come........" and Sean revealing Smile Empty Soul will continue as 2 Member Band Only.
On May 18, 2020, it was announced on Facebook along with album art on May 18, 2020 that Acoustic Sessions Vol.2 is going to be recorded .
On July 2, 2020, the band announced that since they are not able to tour (due to the current pandemic) they will instead be going into the studio to record an EP titled 2020.