Sean Danielsen, the frontman for hard rock band Smile Empty Soul, has always been known for his powerful vocals. As the “face” of Smile Empty Soul, he’s no doubt one of the most charismatic members. People pay attention when he sings as you can tell he sings from his heart.
Separate from Smile Empty Soul, Danielsen is releasing his second solo EP,which coincides with a fall acoustic tour in support.
The new EP, named Food Chain, releases on November 4, 2014. Danielsen’s previous solo EP, Enjoy the Process, which was released in 2013, featured six acoustic tracks. Food Chain offers five full-band songs.
With Danielsen as the frontman, Smile Empty Soul formed originally in 1998, releasing their self-titled debut album Smile Empty Soul in 2003, which produced three successful singles. In March 2005, the album was certified gold when sales reached an excess of 500,000+. Their defininng rage-filled vocals have been attributed to the influence of the alternative music of the early 90s. Since Smile Empty Soul’s first album release they’ve been on countless tours, and most recently released their sixth album Chemicals (in 2013).
But does Danielsen’s solo efforts match the work he’s done with Smile Empty Soul?
On Food Chain Danielsen’s lyrics are tight as usual, and his signature voice and angst-influenced lyrics are clearly represented. The album is cohesive, and makes for enjoyable listening beginning to end. We suggest checking out the tracks Rescue Me, Broken Bones and Skeletons, and the title track Food Chain at the very least for some of the best choices. Danielsen’s influence on Smile Empty Soul’s work is just as apparent in his solo efforts.
Based on Sean’s track record as a dynamic performer, his acoustic tour is also worth checking out.
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