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“DON’T EVER LEAVE” FROM iTUNES
NEW ALBUM “CONSCIOUSNESS” IN STORES
AUG 25th THROUGH F.O.F LABEL GROUP
Santa Clarita, CA based SMILE EMPTY SOUL has filmed a video for their new single “Don’t Ever Leave” with director by Sonny Marler this past weekend. The video features actor Sean Faris who recently won an MTV Movie Award with his lead role in “Never Back Down” and up and coming actress Merisa Torneo. SMILE EMPTY SOUL’s new album “Consciousness” hits stores on August 25th released through F.O.F Label Group/EMI.
“Shooting videos is always a fun time and I think we really did a great job of capturing the feel of the song on camera,” says Smile Empty Soul’s Sean Danielsen. “The concept for the video is loosely based on this story ‘On the run from everything but each other’ that was in the LA Times. The story made for a cool visual to the song and director Sonny Marler knocked it out of the park. Working with real actors brought a whole new dimension to our video and Sean was a blast to hang with as well. The fact that he won an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight scene is pretty cool too. We can’t wait for our fans to see it, because they’re going to love it.”
The trio SMILE EMPTY SOUL (Sean Danielsen, vocals, guitar; Ryan Martin, bass; and Jake Kilmer, drums) has persevered through a series of obstacles that would have destroyed countless other bands. After reaching the heights of modern rock success on the group’s gold certified 2003 self-titled debut, which unleashed the #1 single “Bottom Of A Bottle”, SMILE EMPTY SOUL recorded their sophomore effort “Anxiety”. The album never hit store shelves after the group’s lead single was protested by Christian Fundamentalist groups, who organized a letter campaign against the label’s parent company Warner Bros. After parting ways with their record label, the band re-tooled their line-up and recorded their third album “Vultures”, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 and at #14 on the Independent Album Charts. Since the group’s inception SMILE EMPTY SOUL toured relentlessly alongside some of rock’s biggest bands including Hinder, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva and Finger Eleven.
SMILE EMPTY SOUL’s “Consciousness” was recorded in Los Angeles, CA by producer by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Ill Nino) and mixed by Jay Baumgardner (Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Papa Roach). The album takes the signature hard rock sound that SMILE EMPTY SOUL has created with modern rock staples like “Bottom of a Bottle”, “Nowhere Kids” and “Silhouettes” and hones it to perfection on new tracks “Don’t Ever Leave” and “Faker”.
SMILE EMPTY SOUL, Monster Energy Drinks and Schecter Guitars have announced a contest for the group’s upcoming album “Consciousness”, where one lucky fan will win an exclusive performance from the band at the winner’s house. Fans that visit this link and purchase the group’s new single “Don’t Ever Leave” from iTunes will be automatically entered to win. The contest winner will be announced on Sept 30th, 2009 and the band will they play a private party for the winner at a date to be determined. Fans can also join The Monster Army at http://monsterarmy.loopd.com to get a free exclusive song download from “Consciousness” courtesy of SMILE EMPTY SOUL and Monster Energy Drinks.
SMILE EMPTY SOUL TOUR DATES w/ SALIVA:
Aug 13 – Tulsa, OK @ The Fly Trap Music Hall
Aug 16 – South Bend, IN @ St. Patricks Park
Aug 19 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Aug 20 – Kansas City, MO @ Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge
Aug 26 – Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
Aug 28 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverstar
Aug 29 – Middleton, WI @ Scatz
Sep 04 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ First Avenue Live
Sep 05 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Sep 10 – Evansville, IN @ Woody’s Bar
There’s no doubt in my mind that most of you guys out there have no interest whatsoever in reading about a wedding. However, I ask that you keep reading this post because you may just be interested in reading about mine. See, I didn’t have an ordinary, traditional wedding. Oh no, that’s just not my style. Instead, I had an all out, full blown rock & roll wedding from start to finish. It rocked so hard we blew fuses. Beat that!
First of all, my husband proposed to me on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man cruise in January 2008. Seriously…does it get any more rock & roll than that? From that point on, I was in total wedding mode and the gears in my mind were spinning on how I could make my wedding kick ass. Since he and I are both music fiends and he is the guitarist in the greatest band you’ve never listened to, the only option for our wedding theme was rock & roll all the way.
Usually, it’s the bride who gets crazy and goes overboard trying to find the perfect dress. Not this bride! Instead, it was the groom who went all out on his outfit. My husband got a one of a kind, custom made jacket made by the legendary Manuel from Nashville, TN. Manuel has made outfits for Gram Parsons, Keith Richards, Johnny Cash and Kid Rock…just to name a few. Needless to say, his jacket was a show stopper and completely stunning. Not as stunning as me, of course!
Instead of wasting hundreds of dollars on fancy shmancy wedding invitations, we decided to get…what else but concert tickets! Yeah, these were real, bonafide concert tickets with the bar code and the shiny seal on the back. To continue with the concert theme, our RSVP’s asked, “Are you on the guest list?” Our guests could then choose, “YES! I’m ready to rock & roll all nite!” or “No, I’m staying Home Sweet Home.” And there was a +1 after their name for their guest. And of course the font used for the RSVP was an AC/DC font. Other rock & roll touches included VIP laminates for our wedding party, custom made guitar picks for wedding favors, and vinyl records incorporated in the centerpieces.
Guests were greeted at the venue and given a “set list” instead of program. Inside the set list, each member of the bridal party was given a special title from lead guitar to sound engineer. As guests were being seated, our good friend, Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke, serenaded everyone and played acoustic guitar.
Our musical selection for the entire wedding was crucial and was the only thing my husband and I argued over. We
both had our own ideas and our own suggestions, so it took a lot of compromising before we settled on the perfect play list. The Moms walked down to Love Me Tender by Elvis (my man is a HUGE Elvis freak). The bridal party walked down to Loving Cup by the Rolling Stones. And I walked down the aisle as my big brother played the intro to Tesla’s Love Song on his acoustic guitar. For the recessional, we all walked to Thank You by Led Zeppelin.
The musical overload doesn’t stop there. My husband and I were announced into the reception by our family friend, Rick Catuela – the Rock & Roll Reverend and owner of the Alrosa Villa, as Motley Crue’s Kickstart My Heart blasted. Our first dance was to Johnny Cash’s Rose of My Heart. For the Mother/Son dance, Blackberry Smoke played Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man. And for our cake cutting, we played Cups and Cakes by Spinal Tap. Our cake topper…a miniature replica of Waylon Jennings’ guitar.
We couldn’t have a wedding without having a band play. And since the guys in Blackberry Smoke were there for our proposal, we asked them to play at our wedding. Yes! Blackberry Smoke played at our wedding! They treated our guests to some kick ass southern rock and everyone loved it! There were even people on the band’s message board trying to find the location of our wedding so they could crash it and see them play! We also had Rosie, a well known local band from the 80’s, get up and play a quick set.
We tried to incorporate rock & roll into every aspect of our wedding, including our wedding party. One of the groomsmen, Mark Chatfield, is the guitarst for Bob Seger and was also the guitarist for a band called The Godz. Mark and another groomsman, Ed Means, were also members of Rosie. Our officiant, Mike Nugen, used to play for McGuffy Lane and is currently on tour with Jonalee White playing guitar.
The whole day pretty much kicked ass. It couldn’t have been more perfect and everyone had a blast. Our wedding was totally unique, which made it even more special for everyone, including us. So if you’re planning on getting hitched anytime soon, make sure you go the rock & roll route with your wedding. It’s A LOT more fun.
Make sure you check out my blog for my Cruefest 2 review! Even though Rob Rockitt has way better pictures from Cruefest than I do, you should still read my review…just for entertainment purposes only. 😉