Smile Empty Soul

Smile Empty Soul

Smile Empty Soul was a heavy alternative trio formed while its three members were still in Santa Clarita, CA, high schools. Led by singer/guitarist Sean Danielson, the band also included drummer Derek Gledhill and bassist Ryan Martin. After honing their sound with numerous hometown gigs, Smile Empty Soul began venturing to the Sunset Strip, and eventually passed a demo to Todd Parker of the Los Angeles indie ThroBack. That exposure led to a deal with Jason Flom's Lava imprint, which was expanding in the wake of early signee Kid Rock's white-hot success. The trio hooked up with producer John Lewis Parker, who was at the helm for their self-titled debut, issued by Lava in May 2003. With its screeching guitars and Danielson's rage-filled vocals, the album was indebted to the alternative sounds of the early '90s.

Made up of CRegg Rondell (Vocals & Acoustic 12 String Guitar), Mike (Guitar), Bill Gower (Bass), and Drummer Johnny Ransom, former Wind-UP Records recording artists BOY HITS CAR are known for playing the sickest, loveliest, ugliest, prettiest, most beautiful, melodic, heartfelt music that the band dubs "LoveCore". Their self-titled debut album was released in 2001 and included the hit single "I'm a Cloud."

These Los Angeles natives have toured with System of a Down, Incubus, Papa Roach, and Flyleaf to name a few, and were featured on the 2001 SnoCore Tour, as well as a few dates on the '06 SnoCore tour w/Seether and Shinedown. Haven gained a reputation of having one of the most powerful and captivating live shows, the boys have also made their way through Europe on their own headlining tours and played main stage slots at European festivals such as Reading and Leeds in England and Germany's Rock Am Rink and Rock Im Park, to name a few.

Their new album "The Passage", (self-financed/co. produced), features the single 'Escape the World', which was added to Atlanta's most cutting edge modern rock radio station, 105.3 'The Buzz', and without the help of any record company, managed to climb to #2 as the most requested song!!! When you hear track 3 off "The Passage", (officially released stateside in summer of 2006 through Rock Ridge Music), you'll see why...

The Secret State

After a few of their members served their country, The Secret State has arrived, with their unique electronic tinged sound, to serve their fans.

The original core of the group Dan, Josh and Mike grew up in Ellicott City, MD, a small suburban town just outside of Baltimore. Through time, they developed a strong affinity for music and decided to put their college careers on hold to pursue a career in music. As fate would have it, the same day they were to move to Jacksonville, FL to begin realizing their quest, Mike was notified of his deployment to Iraq to serve as a combat medic for the U.S. Army in Iraq. Josh and Dan forged with The Secret State, a name meant to convey a certain state of mind and euphoric state of being that individuals recognize within themselves.

The Secret State quickly gained a reputable following and reached career highs opening up for national acts such as Hinder, Jack's Mannequin, Tantric, Shinedown and many others. After winning countless battle of the band competitions and playing night after night at bars/festivals/concert venues, the group earned a reputation for good music and energetic performances which led them to perform three consecutive years at the famed South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX and gain national critical acclaim.

Unfortunately, due to financial hardship and the economy slump of 2009, their momentum came to a halt and the band was forced to split. Dan returned to Baltimore and reenrolled in college and Josh went on to serve the country as a Defense contractor, where he deployed to several countries in South America and Afghanistan. After Mike's return from Iraq, he spent his time coaching a high school drum line and performing with various local acts.

The lull did not last long however. In 2010, Dan began working on a solo music project to bring personal closure to his life on the road. The project started igniting a buzz in Fells Point, the downtown Baltimore community where he resided. With this momentum, he called on Mike to join him behind drums. Searching for a third member, Mike and Dan found Hunter Schafer "The Hunts" (as the band knows him), who had a strong musical education. As the project matured the group called on Josh after his return from Afghanistan to play on guitars, thus reuniting the core trio in a new band they called Alice Anna.

In 2012, they landed an independent record deal with Stealth Tiger Entertainment and relocated to Los Angeles to record their album. Wanting to incorporate more electronic elements to their rock roots, Josh reached out to long-time electronic music enthusiast Danny Espinosa, an old classmate from the US Coast Guard Academy who had also served as a Defense contractor in Afghanistan. His 'beeps and boops' (as the band likes to call them) gave the group the original electronica / rock 'blend' it had been hoping for.

On their journey to identify with their new sound, they crafted "The Biggest Mistake", the first single off of their upcoming album. The song, a captivating and deeply personal effort constructed with precision, lets everyone know that they're here to make an indelible mark in the music landscape.

Now complete, the group decided to revert to their original name The Secret State. With renewed energy and momentum, they have begun to lay the grounds for what it hopes will become the next musical phenomenon. In the upcoming months the band will launch a national promo tour to introduce a sound that will rock the airwaves and transport the listeners to a new state -The Secret State.

Cize

Cize is a rock singer/song writer whose intense vision and passionate voice evokes a blend of Soundgarden, Cold play, U2, and The Allman Brothers Band . His hauntingly powerful vocals and thoughtful song writing resonate with soul in his upcoming EP, Out of the Dark, set to be released in the Fall of 2012.

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Smile Empty Soul with Boy Hits Car, The Secret State, Cize, Summer on Titan

Wednesday, June 26 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM at The Vanguard