William Goldsmith Alternative Artist

William Goldsmith (born July 4, 1972) is an American drummer best known for being the drummer of the popular Seattle alternative band Sunny Day Real Estate and for his tenure as the drummer of the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. Currently drumming for Brawley Banks and a reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, he has toured with Mike Watt, IQU, and has recorded and played live with many other bands and artists. Goldsmith was born in Seattle, Washington to Hugh and Skitty Goldsmith. He began playing drums as a child, citing Keith Moon of the Who as his biggest influence. In 1992, Goldsmith founded the band Sunny Day Real Estate in Seattle with bassist Nate Mendel and Dan Hoerner on guitar and vocals. The band soon recruited Jeremy Enigk, a high school friend of Goldsmith's as their new frontman. They recorded two studio albums, both released on the well-known independent label Sub Pop, that were greeted with positive critical reviews and brought about newfound popularity for the emo genre before they disbanded in 1995. Goldsmith and Mendel then joined former Nirvana member Dave Grohl's new band, Foo Fighters, along with former Germs guitarist Pat Smear.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 4th, 1972
United States of America

Musical acts

1.Foo Fighters Alternative metal, Rock music, Hard rock, Punk rock, Grunge, Alternative rock, Post-hardcore, Post-grunge

1995 - 1997

The Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters. Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as fellow Nirvana touring bandmate Pat Smear as guitarist to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit during the recording of the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear's departure followed soon afterward. They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Lead guitar, Drums 1994
Backing Vocals, Lead guitar 1995 September, 1997
1995 March, 1997
Bass guitar 1995
March, 1997
Backing Vocals, Lead guitar 1997 1999
Backing Vocals, Lead guitar 1999


Album title Released Type
Foo Fighters 1995 Studio album
The Colour and the Shape 1997 Studio album
There Is Nothing Left to Lose 1999 Studio album
One by One 2002 Studio album
In Your Honor 2005 Studio album
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace 2007 Studio album
Wasting Light 2011 Studio album

2.Sunny Day Real Estate Emo, Post-hardcore, Indie rock, Grunge, Alternative rock, Rock music, Post-grunge

Sunny Day Real Estate was an American emo band from Seattle, Washington. While not the first band to be classified as emo, they were instrumental in establishing the genre. In 1994, the band released their debut album Diary on Sub Pop Records to critical acclaim. However, shortly after releasing their second album LP2, the band broke up, with members Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith joining Foo Fighters and Jeremy Enigk embarking on a solo career. In 1997, they regrouped long enough to record two more studio albums and a live album but ultimately disbanded once again in 2001. The band reunited once again in 2009. Bassist Nate Mendel, who chose to remain with Foo Fighters during the previous reunion in 1997, took part in this reunion. In a 2013 interview with MusicRadar, Mendel stated that Sunny Day Real Estate is currently inactive. According to Mendel, the band attempted to record a new full-length album after the end of their reunion tour, but the sessions "just fell apart". In 2014 the band released one song from those sessions, "Lipton Witch," on a split 7" vinyl with Circa Survive on Record Store Day.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Bass guitar 1992
Guitar 1992
Guitar, Lead Vocals

3.The Fire Theft Alternative rock, Indie rock, Emo

The Fire Theft is an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. It was formed in 2001 by vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Enigk, bassist Nate Mendel, and drummer William Goldsmith, all of whom were previously members of Sunny Day Real Estate. Mendel also plays bass for Foo Fighters, and Goldsmith drummed for Foo Fighters between 1995 and 1997. The Fire Theft is a side project of Sunny Day Real Estate.

Member history

Member Role Start End

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
2011 2
Alexander Yves Brunner
Glen Zipper
Michele Farinola


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