Senses Fail is possibly the most successful and popular post-hardcore/emo bands still in existence. Since the release of their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams, in 2002, Senses Fail has gathered a huge following of loyal — primarily younger — fans, thanks to a lightning fast musical speed and intense tour dates. The band's latest album, The Fire, has become a huge success and proved that Senses Fail has a unique type of staying power. They recently just wrapped up tour dates for 2011 on the PMA Tour with new guitarist Matt Smith, and both the album and the recent concert dates show a promising future for the veteran screamo band.
In 2002, Senses Fail began its journey in New Jersey when lead singer Buddy Nielsen posted a BFN (band formation notice) on the internet. Shortly after, 15 year old drummer Dan Trapp and his guitarist friends Dave Miller and Garett Zablocki answered the call to join. It took a while before former Tokyo Rose drummer Mike Glita rounded out the band on bass.
After playing nearly any gig they could find, Senses Fail recorded their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams, in 2002. The album was surprisingly successful and furthered by the band's activity on the internet. Drive-Thru Records re-released the album and it reached #144 on the Billboard charts; a huge feat for a debut EP. Senses Fail released their debut LP, Let it Enfold You, in 2004 to a favorable reception. The album's success was furthered by music video for the single, "Buried a Lie," and numerous tour dates. Unfortunately, guitarist Dave Miller left the band in 2005 and was replaced by Heath Saraceno (ex-Midtown guitarist).
With a new lineup, Senses Fail released their second full-length album in 2006, titled Still Searching. The album was a huge success and was praised as being even better than the previous, partially due to a slightly softer sound and better structured songs. Unfortunately, after the release of the album, bassist Mike Glita left the band and was replaced by Jason Black of Hot Water Music. Senses Fail outdid themselves on their next album, Life Is Not a Waiting Room, in 2008. The album was a huge success, due in part to the heavy, dark, and violent emotional turmoil of Buddy Nielsen that is expressed in the songs. Again, after the album's release, guitarist Heath Saraceno left the band.
Instead of using Saraceno's replacement -- Zack Roach -- on the next Senses Fail album, guitarist Garret Zablocki recorded both guitar pieces on the entire record. The album, The Fire, was released in 2010 and has been called Senses Fail's finest record to date, improving on their already successful sound. The Senses Fail curse hit once again though, as Zablocki soon left the band and was replaced by Strike Anywhere guitarist Matt Smith. With each album they release growing more successful and popular than the last, fans are excited to see what Senses Fail will come up with next. With tour dates on the PMA Tour all done, Senses Fail has added a couple of dates to their 2011 tour schedule. Senses Fail has four scheduled shows in the middle of July in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Check Eventful for all the details on these new intimate tour dates in 2011.
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