They may look like villains from Mad Max, but like outrageously dressed, dark acts before it, Davey Suicide is more substance than the Hollywood electro/industrial rock outfits style suggests.
Like the trio of artists that frontman and band namesake Davey Suicide mentions as influences Marilyn Manson, Eminem and Axl Rose the bands words and appearance will likely stir up controversy. First, theres the surname.
I was at a low moment. I had to remind myself that I was the only one holding myself back from what I wanted; youre in control of your own destiny. If that was my name, if I ever reached that (low) moment again, I couldnt really escape from that notion, he says, calling before the bands Hide Your Morals headlining tour kicked off. It stops at Tremont Music Hall on Sunday.
With Eminem, Manson and Axl, they took the rule book and threw it out the window and made people pay attention, he says. Anyone can go out and make a spectacle of themselves. Theres something special when you see an artist perform and know its coming from a place thats an emotional warzone.
After his Maryland-based band stalled, Suicide moved to Hollywood to start over. Two years later, his vision and lineup for Davey Suicide, the band, followed.
The five-piece released its debut self-titled album in March. Its been compared to Manson and Rob Zombie for its mix of industrial, electronic dance music and metal, but Suicides music is admittedly less cartoony and horror-obsessed than Zombies and less shocking than Mansons at its peak.
Songs like Grab a Gun and Hide Your Morals, Unholywood, Killafornia and Sick Suicide provide provocative political and social commentary, while tracks like Generation F--- Star harness angst and subsequent hope for bullied youth. He also sings of overcoming his own demons on his favorite track, In My Chest is a Grave.
Not everything is heady. There are songs about girls and sex, too but more often than not, Suicide has something more to say.
His interest in dark imagery didnt come from books or movies either.
I found out at a real young age that my moms parents were murdered. That made me start analyzing things at 12 or 13, says Suicide, who stumbled across newspaper articles about his grandparents, who were murdered in separate incidents one of which remains unsolved. Maybe thats why I got into the dark stuff early because I always wanted to know why people got to that point.
Its easy to imagine legions of frustrated teens from broken homes that cant identify with Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift latching on to Suicides darker alternative, in the same way he gravitated toward his musical heroes.
When I was growing up as a teenager, I kept hearing remember your roots, he says. I was trying to keep that in the back of my head. I remember Maryland and renting out halls and thinking we were getting signed and recording demos and sending them off to a million record labels. My manager now is someone I sent stuff to 7 years ago.
Of course they never listened to it, he says, the teenage misfit seeping in. Now some of them are working for me.
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