Smile Empty Soul

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Smile Empty Soul
Smile Empty Soul in 2018, from left to right: Mark Young, Victor Ribas, Sean Danielsen
Smile Empty Soul in 2018, from left to right: Mark Young, Victor Ribas, Sean Danielsen
Background information
Also known asHecklers Veto (1998–2001)
OriginSanta Clarita, California, United States
Years active1998–present
LabelsSmile Empty Music
Two Disciples Entertainment
Pavement Entertainment
eOne Music
F.O.F. Label Group
Bieler Bros.
Lava Records
MembersSean Danielsen
Past membersDerek Gledhill
Dominic Weir
Mike Booth
Ryan Martin
Jake Kilmer
Mark Young
Victor Ribas

Smile Empty Soul is an American rock 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.[1]


Beginnings (1998–2003)[edit]

Smile Empty Soul formed in 1998,[2] 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.[1]

Self-titled debut album (2003–2005)[edit]

On May 27, 2003, the band released their self-titled debut album Smile Empty Soul.[3] The album was produced by John Lewis Parker,[1] and mixed by David J. Holman.[4] 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+.[5]

Anxiety (2005–2006)[edit]

In 2005, before the recording of their second album Anxiety was finished, drummer Derek Gledhill was replaced by Flickerstick percussionist Dominic Weir.[6] 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.[7][8]

On July 13, 2006,[9] Smile Empty Soul signed with independent label, Bieler Bros. Records.[10][11][12] At this point, drummer Dominic Weir had been replaced by Jake Kilmer,[13] and Mike Booth (ex-Cold) was added as a second guitarist.[14]

Vultures (2006–2009)[edit]

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.[15] The first single released was the song "The Hit".[16]

Vultures debuted at No. 169 on the Billboard 200 album charts[17] with just over 5,000 copies sold.[18] The band then embarked on a tour with The Exies.[19]

In late April 2007,[20] the band 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.[21]

The trio began recording their new record in Greenville, South Carolina on February 1, 2008.[22]

Consciousness and More Anxiety (2009–2012)[edit]

Soon after recording for their new album entitled Consciousness was finished,[22] the band returned to the studio to record a few more songs.[22] Later on, the band confirmed that they had signed with F.O.F./EMI records.[22] Consciousness was then released in August 2009.[23]

In November 2009, the 2005 album Anxiety was released on iTunes.[24][better source needed][25]

On March 9, 2010, More Anxiety, a special edition of Anxiety including a bonus DVD was released.[26]

Smile Empty Soul have released music videos for "We're Through"[27] and "Faker" from their album Consciousness.[28]

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.[29][30]

3's (2012–2013)[edit]

On March 14, 2012, it was announced that Smile Empty Soul had signed with eOne Music. They released their first album with eOne Music, 3's on May 22, 2012.[31]

In March 2012, "Afterlife", the first single from 3's, was released.[32]

In April 2013 lead singer Sean Danielsen released his solo EP Enjoy the Process.[33]

Later that year, October 1, 2013 was announced as the expected date of release.[34]

Chemicals (2013–2015)[edit]

In June 2013 it was announced that Smile Empty Soul formed an imprint label called Two Disciples Entertainment in conjunction with Pavement Entertainment[35] and would release Chemicals in fall of 2013.[36]

On November 3, 2014, Danielsen released his second solo EP entitled Food Chain.[33]

Shapeshifter (2015–2017)[edit]

In September 2015, the ensemble also announced through their Facebook page that in early 2016, an EP and DVD was expected.[37] In November 2015, the band stated that the artwork for the EP is complete.[38] The work, whose title was announced in January 2016 as Shapeshifter[39] is scheduled for release on 1 April 2016.[40]

Rarities , Oblivion and Sheep (2017–present)[edit]

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.[41] 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.[42] Mark Young, originally from Hed PE[43] and Victor Ribas, originally from HURT, have joined the band as both touring and recording musicians on bass and drums/percussion/vocals respectively.[44]

In May 2018, Young announced his departure from the ensemble.[45]

On February 7, 2019 it was announced that Smile Empty Soul will be releasing an acoustic EP titled The Acoustic Sessions. Volume 1[46] In August 2019, Danielsen announced that the ensemble planned to release an EP entitled Sheep .[47]

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. [48]

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 .[49]

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.[50]

Band members[edit]

Smile Empty Soul performing at South by So What?! music festival in March 2014

Current members

Touring Members

Former members

  • 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) [45]
  • Victor Ribas – drums, backing vocals (2017–2018)[citation needed]
  • Jody Linnell - bass guitar (2019) [53][54]

Former touring members


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

Smile Empty Soul
  • Released: May 27, 2003
  • Label: Lava
  • Formats: CD, DI
  • Released: September 27, 2005
  • Label: MRAfia, F.O.F. Label Group, EMI
  • Formats: CD, DI
  • Released: October 24, 2006
  • Label: Bieler Bros.
  • Formats: CD, DI
169 14
  • Released: August 25, 2009
  • Label: F.O.F. Label Group, EMI
  • Formats: CD, DI
  • Released: May 22, 2012
  • Label: eOne
  • Formats: CD, DI
  • Released: October 1, 2013
  • Label: Pavement Entertainment, Two Disciples Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, DI
  • Released: May 25, 2018[58]
  • Label: Smile Empty Music
  • Formats: CD, DI
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
  • Released: March 10, 2017
  • Label: MRAfia
  • Formats: CD, DI


Title EP details
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: MRAfia
  • Formats: CD, DI
  • Released: April 1, 2016
  • Label: Pavement Entertainment
  • Formats: CD/DVD, DI
Acoustic Sessions Vol.1 [59]
  • Released: February 22, 2019
  • Label: Smile Empty Music
  • Formats: CD, DI
  • Released: December 6, 2019
  • Label: Smile Empty Music
  • Formats: CD, DI, Vinyl
Acoustic Sessions Vol.2
  • Released: June 30, 2020
  • Label: Smile Empty Music
  • Formats: CD, DI[60]
  • Released: September 4, 2020[61]
  • Label: Smile Empty Music
  • Formats: CD, DI
Soft Songs for the Quarantined Mind
  • Released: January 12, 2021[62]
  • Label: Smile Empty Music


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US[63] US


"Bottom of a Bottle"[A] 2003 107 7 8 Smile Empty Soul
"Nowhere Kids" 2004 27 26
"Silhouettes" 22 25
"Don't Need You" 2005 37 Anxiety
"The Hit" 2006 Vultures
"Here's to Another" 2007
"Don't Ever Leave" 2009 39 Consciousness
"Alone with Nothing" 2010
"We're Through"
"Afterlife" 2012 3's
"False Alarm" 2013 27 Chemicals
"Chemicals" 2014
"All in My Head" 2016 Shapeshifter
"Sides" 2018 Oblivion
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.