Today, Sean Danielsen, the guitarist/songwriter best known for his work in rock band Smile Empty Soul, returns with a new single, “Paralyzed” off of his fourth solo record, Mind Control To Steal The Soul.
Sean Danielsen shares, “The Paralyzed song and video are about escaping from something, but I’d doesn’t really spell out exactly what…. leaving a lot to the imagination. I think we all have things in our lives we’d like to escape, so it’s definitely a relatable theme. The prison facility (Sybil Brand Institute) we shot at in Downtown LA adds a level of creepiness that I love and this video was really fun to make.”
Sean started Smile Empty Soul back in the late 90’s in Los Angeles California, and in 2002 they signed a major label record deal with Lava/Atlantic. With Smile Empty Soul’s self-titled debut album, it soon turned certified gold with sales in excess of 500K+ and was spawning three billboard charting singles, including the biggest Rock/Alternative hits of the year: Bottom of a Bottle, Silhouettes, and Nowhere Kids. And soon led to tours with Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Three Days Grace, and Buckcherry.
In between recording and road schedules, Sean began working on solo material that was a little “off the beaten path” for Smile Empty Soul, releasing his first solo EP “Enjoy The Process” in 2013 with producer Eddie Wohl (36 Crazyfist, Ill Nino, World Fire Brigade) for the six track acoustic record. Since then, he released “Food Chain” in 2014, “Product of Isolation” in early 2017, and now the highly anticipated EP “Mind Control To Steal The Soul,” out today.
Sean Danielsen shares, “This EP is really different than anything I’ve ever released in the past, so I’m excited to hear what people think about it. It’s such a different approach than a Smile Empty Soul record and I had an absolute blast making it! I hope fans can get into it even if it’s something unexpected”
Sean is one of those artists that has carried on throughout 15 years of an evolving industry, clearing his own path along the way and making the art he’s passionate about.
Upcoming tour dates for Smile Empty Soul:
9/15 St Louis MO, Firebird
9/16 Shelbyville IN, Outlands Rock Fest
9/17 Green Bay WI, Sword and Velvet
9/18 Barrington IL, Penny Road Pub
9/19 Rockford IL, The District
9/20 Peoria IL, Rail 2
9/21 St Joseph MO, Cafe Acoustic
9/22 Dardanelle AR, Front Street Grill
9/23 Springfield MO, Outland Ballroom
9/24 Rolla MO, Shots
9/26 Bowling Green KY, Spillway
9/29 Shreveport LA, Big D’s BBQ
9/30 Jackson MS, Hideaway
10/5 Sebastian FL, Captain Hirams
10/6 St Pete FL, State Theater
10/7 Jacksonville FL, 1904 music hall
10/8 Destin FL, Club LA
10/11 Hilton Head SC, Poseidon Rooftop Bar
10/15 Knoxville TN, Open Chord