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Post-grunge band Smile Empty Soul rocks Stage West in Scranton on March 6

Post-grunge band Smile Empty Soul rocks Stage West in Scranton on March 6
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From a press release:

Los Angeles post-grunge band Smile Empty Soul, best known for the hit singles “Bottom of a Bottle,” “Nowhere Kids,” and “Silhouettes,” will bring The Oblivion of Souls Tour with September Mourning and Rise Among Rivals to Stage West in Scranton on Wednesday, March 6.

Doors at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Local supporting acts for the 21+ concert are TBA.

Tickets, which are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show, are on sale now and can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

As part of a special “March Rocks!” promotion, fans can pay $39 for general admission tickets to three upcoming Stage West shows: Smile Empty Soul on March 6, Saving Abel and Tantric on March 7, and Sponge on March 17.

Smile Empty Soul is a hard rock trio that originated in Santa Clarita, California in the late 1990s and has stayed true to their brand of “no bullshit,” “real as it gets” rock to this day. The band signed a major label record deal in 2003 to release their self-titled, gold-selling debut in May of that year, realizing huge success on alternative radio, rock radio, and music video channels that have since fallen by the wayside. After three successful singles and videos from their first album, the band ran into trouble with their record company (which was in the midst of turmoil at the top levels) and found themselves working extra hard in the trenches to get signed to indie labels.

This would become Smile Empty Soul’s destiny, as they would go on to release record after record on label after label. The band has become known for their constant touring and never-wavering, honest lyrics and sound. They’ve never changed for anybody and turned down many opportunities to “sell out” because it’s just “not who they are.”

Now, with seven full-length studio albums, two EPs, and a “Rarities” compilation record, vocalist/guitarist Sean Danielsen and Smile Empty Soul have established themselves as one the defining underground rock bands of their generation. Their latest album, “Oblivion,” was released independently by the band on May 25, 2018, the first album with new bassist Mark Young and drummer Victor Ribas. It debuted at No. 5 on the iTunes Rock chart.

Danielsen last visited Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2015 for a solo acoustic gig in Olyphant. Read NEPA Scene’s short interview with him here.