Opening for Static X, I got to meet up with Davey Suicide, founder the band of the same name, in a dumpster filled alley behind McGuffy’s in Dayton Ohio. Davey Suicide is a band out of Los Angeles, or as they have labeled it “Unholywood Killafornia.” A part of the Noise Revolution tour, I caught up with Davey to fill us in with what is going on with the band.
So, who is Davey Suicide?
Davey Suicide is the next generation rock/industrial act, a theatrical act for this generation. We’re filling a void that hasn’t been filled in a while.
Your bio lists Guns N’ Roses, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Eminem as inspirations. How does Eminem fit into that?
The way they have taken their own path and history follows them. Axl and Eminem were great at just paving the road and people conformed to them, whereas, I feel like a lot of artists try to conform to the industry, which is bullshit. You gotta do what you do and people will embrace that or they won’t. I think they have that. That’s what Manson has too. I love that about all three of them because they’re not afraid to be bold, to pick something and run with it. And lyrically I think they’re brilliant.
Religion is talked about in your bio also, how does religion affect the music you make?
I was forced to try to believe that, instead of me being in control of my life, I was forced to think that if I just prayed for something everything would work itself out. The older I got the more I realized I was in control of the cause and effect of the happenings of my life and I realized that there are certain people who need that and there are other people who don’t need that, and that was me. The whole name Suicide has become the religion we all live by because I feel that unless you kill yourself there is nothing that you shouldn’t be able to obtain. So that’s how that came about.
You have just released your debut album?
We released a single, the EP comes out November 6.
Are you getting good response from it?
It’s been great. It’s very polarized, so people are either completely turned off or obsessed. I think that’s good.
How have the crowd’s with the Static X tour been responding to you?
It’s been great. I think the older metal fans are some of the hardest ones to buy into it. The first couple of songs I think people are shocked and are like “what are we watching” and then mid set we got them by the balls and by the end they’re fans. That was one thing we were excited to see, how the whole dynamic was going to work and we’re inspired that people are getting it. I think we’ve got good songs and a good performance, it’s working.
So is your show more a theatrical performance or an in your face rock and roll show
I think it’s everything. I think we’re lucky to have five frontmen, you could watch anyone in the band the whole set and be completely entertained. I think we’re just monsters, we just come out on stage and it’s like we’ve invaded the area.
What kind of show can we expect tonight?
The same one we put on every night. We leave our guts out on the stage, by the time we’re done we have nothing left. This is all we know. We eat, breathe and sleep this.
How long have you been on this tour?
This is the fourth week. Three more weeks and then we have a few days off and then we pick up another eight dates on the west coast.
Are you doing the Fort Wayne (IN) show also?
Yeah, Pieres. We just played South Bend (IN) and it was really good and I’ve heard Pierrs is awesome. (Referring to McGuffy’s, a smaller sized venue) I think this is one of those places that is so intimate that people are just going to be crammed in. We played one in Jacksonville FL that was like that and it was like football practice from the second we started to the second we were done, and those end up being the most memorable nights because you’re right there. As a music fan I have always wanted to be as close to the band as possible, and that’s what these guys have.
You described your sound as having industrial influences. How has that worked out for you as other bands that have done industrial, Danzig for example, and it bombed. How is it working for you?
Danzig was more of a punk rock type, he was in the Misfits, so I don’t know. I think we have industrial overtones, but we’re a rock band with industrial in it. I’m never really concerned with what people are gonna say, everyone’s gonna have a different opinion about it, but this is from the heart from us, this is what we live. We love Nails, we love Manson, we love Zombie…those are our predecessors.
Anything you want the world to know about Davey Suicide?
I think generally I want people to realize boundaries are only there because we put them there and you don’t have to live up to a social standard, live up to your own standard. If you feel like you are doing the right thing don’t worry about negativity because that’s inevitable.
I was soon to learn what Davey Suicide was all about. From the time they took the stage, bathed in red light looking like post-apocalyptic warriors or something right out of a horror movie, they attacked their set with a ferociousness that I have not seen from a band in a long time. This energy lasted the entire set and kept the crowd moving. Every member of the band (Davey on vocals, Frankie Sil on bass, Ben Graves on drums, Needlz on keyboard and Eric Griffin on guitar) could have been the center of attention, each giving outstanding performances. With a sound that combines the best elements of those he lists as inspirations, the sound is sort of like White Zombie meets Marilyn Manson with the high intensity vocalization of Axl Rose, and it works and works well.
Davey Suicides performance was visually exciting and was backed up with quality songs and musicianship. At one point Davey stood silent, unmoving, arms outstretched in a pose of crucifixion as if to say rock as we know it is dead and through him it will be resurrected bigger and better than anyone could imagine. At the end of the set, Davey put forth that “art” needs to be put back into “artist”. In a time when the entertainment industry as a whole seems to be out of original ideas, Davey Suicide is carving out their own path. A path that I think many will follow.