Originally formed in 2006 in Grand Junction, Colorado, today’s A Smile From The Trenches hails from Los Angeles, California with plans to reshape a genre that has been dormant since the days of The Used and My Chemical Romance. Between the original frontman, Stoney Anderson, pushing melodic melodies and gut-wrenching lyrics, and a growing fan base of dedicated listeners, A Smile From The Trenches plans to reach international growth and success.
While Stoney Anderson is the only original member of ASFTT, the journey to creating what they now have today has taken many tours, roads, and changes. Brent Javier, a close high school friend of Stoney’s joined the band early 2007, while in that same year; an earlier version of the band (excluding Ahmad and Derek) took home first place at Colorado’s Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, coming out on top over 160 others. This allowed the band the opportunity to play on Warped Tour. They went on to play with many talents including: Escape The Fate, Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, LoveHateHero, A Skylite Drive, Aiden, Story of the Year, Devil Wears Prada, Bullets and Octane, A Static Lullaby and many others.
In 2008, Stoney and Brent finally made ground in Los Angeles, California, where the two had originally met. It was there that they began looking for new members to join their dream. Resorting to hanging out on Hollywood’s legendary “Sunset Strip,” Stoney met guitarist Derek Jones, formerly of the Agony Scene (Roadrunner Records), and Ahmad Alkurabi, former guitarist of Beyond All Reasons (Ozzfest) at The Roxy Theater. Derek and Ahmad had met in 2005 while each searching for a new band to join-- they soon after decided to start playing guitar together and planned to create a new band instead. They were both working at the Roxy while starting to form their band Maleva, when they met Stoney. “I was randomly talking to Derek. I found out that he was a guitarist so I asked him to join our band,” Stoney explains. “Ahmad found out I was talking to Derek.
Stoney Anderson - Vocals
Ahmad Alkurabi - Guitar
Derek Jones - Guitar
Stephen Johnson - Bass
Brent Javier - Drums