Metro Concerts Live Presents
Smile Empty Soul
Acidic, Fatal Addiction, GearDown
525 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50309
This event is all ages
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.
The hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California - ACIDIC - is at it again! They've just wrapped up a major career milestone with a hit two-month national tour with the multi-platinum-selling Seattle-based powerhouse Candlebox. The tour through the East Coast and Upper Midwest including the Florida Music Festival was their biggest and hottest yet! This crowns a hugely successful Spring touring season that included their smash Midwestern tour with Fuel, and featured appearances at SXSW '12, which confirmed their stature as a national touring band.
ACIDIC, which Alternative Press said "Rocks like Funeral Party, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant," consists of lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski, guitarist/backup vocalist Michael Thompson, and drummer Matt Whitaker.
Last fall, ACIDIC unleashed their latest album, the highly-anticipated "Chronic Satisfaction," to wild and enthusiastic response! The CD, produced by multi-platinum award-winning producer John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, etc) of Chicago Kid Productions. The strength of "Chronic Satisfaction" inspired Music Reviews to name ACIDIC one of its "12 Bands To Watch in 2012," and the steamy video of the single "Uninspired" has become a Youtube sensation. They've also toured with Alien Ant Farm, Hawthorne Heights, Filter, Marcy Playground, and The Higher. They've also toured Kosovo and Germany, rocking US troops with Armed Forces Entertainment.
In addition to their smash tours, ACIDIC has also played such prestigious gigs as the 2012 Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, SXSW '10 and '11, two Sunset Strip Music Festivals, and Bamboozle Left. ACIDIC won the Alternative category in the 18th Billboard WorldWide Song Contest in 2011 for their power rocker "Strata Red," off their 2010 CD "Getting Lucky."