Senses Fail performing at Warped Tour in 2009
|Origin||Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States|
|Genres||Emo, screamo, post-hardcore, hardcore punk |
|Labels||Vagrant, Drive-Thru, ECA Records, Hassle|
|Associated acts||Bayonet, Midtown, Hot Water Music, Strike Anywhere, Saves The Day|
|Past members||Dave Miller
Senses Fail is an American post-hardcore band from Ridgewood, New Jersey. Formed in 2002, the line up initially consisted of James "Buddy" Nielsen, Dan Trapp, Dave Miller, Garrett Zablocki and James Gill. Shortly after being signed to Drive Thru Records, James Gill was kicked out of the band due to irreconcilable differences. James Gill was replaced with Mike Glita. The only original members left in the band are vocalist Buddy Nielsen, and drummer Dan Trapp. Presently, the lineup now consists of James "Buddy" Nielsen, Dan, guitar players Zack Roach and Matt Smith, along with bassist Jason Black. The band quickly issued their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams and maintained a thriving Internet presence. Two years later their debut album, Let It Enfold You was released. In 2005 guitarist Dave Miller left the band and was replaced by Heath Saraceno, and a year later their second full-length Still Searching was released in 2006. The album had an energetic sound, and the band participated in many tours in support of the album, including Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos. Bassist Mike Glita left the lineup one year later, Jason Black was accepted as a temporary replacement during the recording of Life Is Not a Waiting Room, which was released in 2008. Black was later accepted as a permanent member, although guitarist Heath Saraceno left the band after their appearance at the 2009 Warped Tour, being replaced by Zack Roach. Their album The Fire was released on October 25, 2010 in the UK and elsewhere on October 26, 2010. Their latest album Renacer was released on March 26, 2013
Senses Fail began in 2002 after Buddy Nielson posted an advertisement on the Internet to recruit members for the band. The advertisement attracted attention from Dan Trapp, only 15 at the time, who after reading the article contacted friends Dave Miller, James Gill and Garrett Zablocki. The line-up was later completed by Tokyo Rose ex-drummer Mike Glita  During recording sessions on this album, Buddy Nielson was getting screaming lessons from singer Nate Barcalow from the band Finch. In the beginning of their debut tour, James "Buddy" Nielson blew out his vocal cords trying to scream, and they were forced to cancel their appearances on the tour with Finch.
The band took their musical influences of punk and hardcore and mixed them with poetry, emotion, literature, religion, eastern philosophy and spirituality to create their own sound and image. The name Senses Fail, lead singer James "Buddy" Nielson explains, "In Hinduism, they believe that being alive is hell, and the only way to reach Nirvana is to ultimately have no attachments to anything. So, people go out and live in the middle of the woods and they don't eat and don't drink. They just meditate because they've reached such a high level where they're not attached to love, relationships or anything. And if you want to reach the highest level of being and see God, you have to have all your senses fail." 
Building a local fan base by playing any gig they could find from skate parks and clubs to churches, they soon entered the studio and started to record. Their first release, From the Depths of Dreams, was a six-track EP that was originally released on ECA Records on August 16, 2002. It originally started as two three-song demo CDs, but was later joined together to make one release by producer John Naclerio. The independent release did very well and caught the attention of some record labels. They signed to Drive-Thru Records, and reissued their EP on April 29, 2003 with two extra tracks, improved mixing and new cover art. The release saw much success, and sold enough copies to peak at No. 144 on the Billboard chart. In support of the EP, Senses Fail toured with such bands as Finch, The Used, Millencolin, and The Starting Line.
Senses Fail started working on their debut album, Let It Enfold You in early 2004. During this time, lead singer and song writer Buddy Nielsen was 20 years old. They worked with producer Steve Evetts (Saves the Day, A Static Lullaby, Every Time I Die) on their new label Vagrant Records. The lyrics were derived from a wide variety of sources. The title of the album was taken from a poem written by Charles Bukowski, the song "Irony of Dying on Your Birthday" is about the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell, and parts of the song "Slow Dance" include lines of the Dao De Jing. Nielsen stated that, "We just love making music and writing good songs. I feel like I've got a lot more to say and we've got a lot more to contribute. But even if things ended tomorrow, we've gotten 10 times further than we ever expected to get and that makes us feel like we've succeeded regardless of what happens from here on". Let It Enfold You was released on September 7, 2004 on Vagrant and Drive Thru Records. The album has sold over 300,000 copies.
Let It Enfold You saw the release of two singles: "Buried a Lie" and "Rum Is for Drinking, Not for Burning". The music video for "Buried a Lie" was filmed on the set of a soap opera called "Guiding Light". Nielsen's mother shot the video and was also the link between Senses Fail and the soap as she used to act in the show. The release of the video started attracting mainstream success for the band. During this period, Senses Fail could be found in magazines such as Kerrang!, Rolling Stone, Spin and were even featured on the cover of Alternative Press.
The band toured extensively in support of the release. They were added to Warped Tour in 2004, 2005, and 2006, and 2009, and played on the main stage for the 2005 and 2006 editions of the tour. They were also included on the first Taste of Chaos tour in 2005 with such notable acts as The Used, My Chemical Romance, and Killswitch Engage. They also headlined a few tours of their own during this time with The Early November from Drive Thru and Emanuel from Vagrant.
The album was reissued in November 2005 with bonus tracks and new album art. In addition to the original track listing, it featured acoustic versions of songs from the album, an unreleased track, and a cover of the Suicidal Tendencies song "Institutionalized".
In 2005, the band's web site announced the departure, by mutual agreement, of guitarist Dave Miller. He was replaced by Heath Saraceno, previously the guitarist and vocalist of the band Midtown. Miller started his own record label called DMI (Dave Miller Industries) in September 2006.
After taking a break from touring, and acquiring a new lineup, Senses Fail began to write their second studio album. The new album, titled Still Searching was produced by Brian McTernan (Thrice, Cave In) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. This album eased up on the aggression on previous albums and showed more emotion. On the subject of the new songs, Nielson explained, "I like my lyrics to be open to interpretation, but I didn’t want to paint pictures of things no one was going to understand; I want our fans to be able to relate. At some point, we all start examining our lives. If you don’t, there’s something wrong with you".
In support of the new album, the band toured on the Taste of Chaos again. In 2006 they toured with the Taste of Chaos International, and in 2007 Senses Fail returned to North America for the 2007 Taste of Chaos tour. In the summer of 2007 they also participated in a few dates of the Zumiez Couch Tour alongside From Autumn to Ashes. They headlined in late 2006 with Saosin and Bleeding Through as supporters. On October 5, 2007, Senses Fail began a 33-city co-headlining tour with New Found Glory which started in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also in the tour was Set Your Goals. The tour ended on November 24, 2007 in San Diego, California.
On November 13, 2007, Senses Fail released a deluxe version of Still Searching, which featured new art, behind-the-scenes DVD featuring footage from the band's headlining tour last fall, two additional previously digital-only songs, three new songs, and a cover of The Cranberries' song "Salvation".
On December 8, 2007, Senses Fail's bassist Mike Glita left the band to pursue his side project Knights In Paris. He has since announced, on Myspace, that he has started a band called Love Automatic, and will continue to pursue the side project.
Their album Life Is Not a Waiting Room was released on October 7, 2008 through Vagrant, and began a nationwide tour the day after. On November 21, Senses Fail did an online interview with Ultimate Guitar, talking about the evolution of the band, their new bassist and the album.
On June 30, 2009, it was announced that guitarist Heath Saraceno would be leaving the band after the 2009 Warped Tour, stating: "I've shared many great times with these guys over the past four years or so. We've made two records I'm very proud of, toured the world and the States countless times, and I've made friends with people I would not have met otherwise. These guys from Jersey (and Atlanta by way of Florida) have turned into some of my closest friends, and I will miss seeing them as often as I've been able to".
The band began recording their new album, titled The Fire, at Salad Days Studio with Brian McTernan in June 2010 hoping to release later that year. The Fire was released in the UK on October 25, 2010 through Hassle Records and elsewhere on October 26 through Vagrant Records to generally positive reviews. The album does not feature Zack Roach on guitar, replacing Heath Saraceno after leaving in 2009, but instead has Garrett Zablocki fulfilling both guitars on the record as described in the CD booklet. In February 2011, Garrett Zablocki left the band to attend college, however he will be composing music for various films and videos.
On July 13, 2011, Senses Fail posted "We are hanging writing new songs and practicing for the shows this weekend." on their Facebook page, suggesting writing for a new album has begun. The band has also been posting various pictures via Twitter and Instagram of them in the studio.
The band then released The Fire on vinyl through Mightier Than Sword Records.
Senses Fail has been confirmed to be playing on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. They released a greatest hits album entitled Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail which features music from all of their previous albums and comes with an added four-track EP of new songs. The album was released on June 19, 2012 in a double-CD package and it is limited to 10,000 copies.[dated info]
On June 15, they released War Paint from their Greatest Hits album.
Nielsen said in a Warped Tour interview in 2012 that the band would be recording a new album later that year, in November. On November 13, 2012, Senses Fail posted on their Facebook page that "We begin recording our fifth full-length album this week in Los Angeles, California. We will be working with producer Shaun Lopez (Far, Deftones) at The Airport Studio and Red Bull Studio. The recording is expected to wrap up in mid-December with a Spring 2013 release planned."
The new album is called "Renacer" and was released on March 26, 2013. On February 4, 2013 the first single "Mi Amor" was released from "Renacer" along with pre-orders for the album. On March 1, 2013 Senses Fail released a second song from "Renacer" entitled "The Path".
The Band played at the UK Slam Dunk Festival in May 2013.
The music video for "Between the Mountains and the Sea" was released on August 2, 2013
Touring and session members
|2002||From the Depths of Dreams (EP)||Drive-Thru Records||144||—||—|
|2004||Let It Enfold You||Vagrant Records||34||2||—|
|2008||Life Is Not a Waiting Room||18||1||—|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
|2012||Follow Your Bliss: The Best Of Senses Fail||Vagrant Records||-||-||—|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
|2005||"Rum Is for Drinking, Not for Burning"||Let It Enfold You|
|2006||"Calling All Cars"||Still Searching|
|2007||"Can't Be Saved"|
|2008||"Family Tradition"||Life Is Not A Waiting Room|
|2005||"Bad Reputation" (Joan Jett cover)||Bad News Bears soundtrack|
|2005||"Institutionalized" (Suicidal Tendencies cover)||Tony Hawk's American Wasteland soundtrack|
|2006||"Bite to Break Skin" (Legion of Doom remix)||Underworld: Evolution Soundtrack|
|2008||"The Past Is Proof"||Punisher: War Zone Soundtrack|
|2009||"The Martyr"||Guitar Hero Vagrant Records Pack|
|2003||"Bloody Romance"||Co-Director Lisa Brown||From the Depths of Dreams|
|2003||"One Eight Seven" (live)||Lisa Brown|
|2004||"Buried a Lie"||Lisa Brown||Let It Enfold You|
|2005||"Rum Is for Drinking, Not for Burning"||Christopher Mills|
|2006||"Calling All Cars"||Jay Martin||Still Searching|
|2007||"Can't Be Saved"||Matt Bass|
|2007||"The Priest and the Matador"||Daryl Goldberg|
|2008||"Family Tradition"||Zach Merck||Life Is Not A Waiting Room|
|2010||"Life Boats" (live)||Lisa Brown||The Fire|
|2011||"New Year's Eve" ||Lisa Brown|
|2011||"The Fire" ||Richard Borge|
|2013||"Mi Amor" ||Behn Fannin||Renacer|
|2013||"Between The Mountains and the Sea" ||Markus Lundqvist||Renacer|
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