Chiodos Enters The Studio To Record New Album With Producer David Bottrill‏

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(New York, NY) – Having completed a triumphant headline run on this summer’s Van’s Warped TourChiodos have entered the recording studio this week to begin work on their forthcoming new album.  The band have chosen producer David Bottrill (ToolMuseStone Sour) to helm the new record which will be tracked at Dreamland Studio in Woodstock, NY.
The new Chiodos album will be released in 2014 through a newly created, band label imprint via Razor & Tie.
The new album will feature a re-solidified band line-up comprised of founding members,Bradley Bell (Keyboard / Vocals), Pat Mcmanaman (Guitar), Derrick Frost (Drums), and Matt Goddard (Bass) who reunited with charismatic, founding font man, Craig Owens(Vocals). The album will also serve as an introduction to the band’s newest member Thomas Erak (Guitar / Vocals) formerly from The Fall Of Troy.
Chiodos’ Craig Owens comments, “We’re excited to be working with Dave Bottrill on this new Chiodos record. Some of the records he’s done have influenced the band and helped us define what we’ve become. Muse, Tool, and Silverchair are all at the top of our list, and it’s amazing to be working with someone that’s already been a part of our history, indirectly. So for the next two months, we’ll be hiding out in the woods of upstate NY, in a hollowed out Church turned studio – creating what is to be the next chapter of this crazy Chiodos journey. “
Chiodos’ Bradley Bell adds, “One of my favorite aspects of being a musician is the experience that comes along with going into the studio. It’s one of those things you can’t really plan for and just have to let the music and relationships take you down their paths organically. To be able to do this with this group of guys is going to be very exciting, and we get the pleasure of working with David Bottrill to top it off, whom I’ve been a fan of for years.”
Chiodos’ Thomas Erak also adds, “I personally am excited to start my journey with the band, in regards to songwriting. This album should give me a new area to peruse in terms of guitar work.”

Smile Empty Soul, HURT cover Alice in Chains “No Excuses”‏




SES front-man checks in from the road



SANTA CLARITA, CA – Southern California-based hard rock veteran, Smile Empty Soul, and fellow tour-mate, HURT, have launched a cover of the Alice in Chains track, “No Excuses,” on the Banana 101.5 website at: The song was recorded earlier this month at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Mich. with producer Matt Dalton – known for his work with both local and national acts including Frequency 54 and Chiodos/D.R.U.G.S. front-man, Craig Owens.


Smile Empty Soul is currently in the midst of an extensive U.S. tour with HURT, touring in support of its fifth album, 3’s, and latest charting single, “Not Alike.” Guitarist/vocalist, Sean Danielsen, has checked in with the following update from the road:


“This tour with HURT has been great so far. The music really meshes well and everybody is getting along like family! Two quality rock bands bringing it every night…don’t miss it!”


A full list of confirmed tour-dates can be seen below.


Check out the new music video for “Not Alike” on YouTube at:


Purchase the band’s eOne debut, 3’s, on iTunes at:



Formed in 1998, Smile Empty Soul continues to be one of the most relentless bands in the industry. With countless tours, a top 10 single and a certified gold record under its belt, the band will continue its touring onslaught for the remainder of 2012 and beyond.


Stay tuned to the band’s official website: for the latest info and tour-dates.



Smile Empty Soul w/ HURT…
11/23 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
11/24 – Joliet, IL @ Mojo’s
11/25 – Rockford, IL @ Bar 3

11/27 – Girardeau, MO @ Pitters Café and Lounge
11/28 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/30 – Johnson City, TN @ Chrome
12/01 – Meridian, MS @ Rhythm N Brews
12/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13

12/04 – Lafayette, LA @ Grant Street Dance Hall
12/05 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/06 – Abilene, TX @ Lucky Mule Saloon
12/07 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
12/08 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
12/09 – Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room
12/11 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Rock Bar
12/13 – Beaumont, TX @ The Gig
12/14 – Shreveport, LA @ The Warehouse
12/15 – Lubbock, TX @ Republic



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Sean Danielsen – guitar/vocals
Ryan Martin – bass
Jake Kilmer – drums