Smile Empty Soulís 3ís came out in May of 2012... not that long ago. Now, theyíve followed that album up with Chemicals, a new album they released at the end of September. By our count, thatís only sixteen months between albums. That alone makes Chemicals a different record for Smile Empty Soul, but the album is also only ten songs long, something thatís also out of the ordinary for the California-based band. Alternative Addiction caught up with Smileís Sean Danielsen and asked him about the ten song track list and why they put out a new album so soon after 3ís.
ďThere are several things that went into that decision,Ē said Danielsen. ďFirst, we wanted to get a record out right away. The last album didnít get any kind of a push and we felt it was time to get something out there again. We had a new situation with our own label and the push we were going to be getting because of that. We had less tracks than we would have normally because we put this together in just a few months too. Normally, itís a three year process. But thinking about it, when we play live we have five albums of stuff and people are always upset when we didnít play what they wanted to hear. We canít put more than five or six new songs into any set, so why come out with a crazy fourteen song album? This just makes more sense.Ē
On the subject of record labels, Danielsen said the band was ultimately disappointed with the way things worked out with their last label and they were upset that 3ís didnít receive more of a push than it did. Danielsen also talked about the band forming their own label and releasing Chemicals that way.
ďWeíve had crazy record label issues our whole career. Every record weíve released has been on a different label. Weíve had a hard time finding a place that really wanted to push us. With 3ís, we thought we had found a good home with eOne, but it didnít really work out that way. That first single was released and when it didnít take off they gave up on the whole album. That backfired on us again. So, what we did was we actually had an old friend of ours named Scott Morgan, heís been coming to our shows for ten years. We approached him about going into business together and we formed our own company. We got distribution through Pavement and Sony/Red and weíve been operating as our own label from there on. Iíve been managing us as well and weíve been doing everything ourselves. So far, itís been a lot of work, but I like the direction weíre going.Ē
Smile Empty Soulís Chemicals is out and available now. The bandís currently on tour and will be through early December. You can find the new album on iTunes and you can check out the tour dates at SmileEmptySoul.com