Dec 2012 05

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll… well, without the drugs. Davey Suicide paves its own way to the absolute highs of success in excess.

An InterView with Davey Suicide of Davey Suicide

By: Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

If one were to throw in the blasphemous lyrical abandon of Marilyn Manson and White Zombie and toss in the carefree sexual deviance of Mötley Crüe and Dope, and you’d have a glimmer into the raucous rock & roll world of Davey Suicide. In fact, one look at the Los Angeles quintet, adorned in fishnets, leather, pentagrams, and wild makeup and hairstyles evocative of some bastard hybrid of glam rock and industrial, and audiences can be certain that the band is ready to blast a full throttle sonic assault straight through the eardrums. Fronted by Davey Suicide himself, the band made waves in 2012 touring with the likes of Static-X, Jeffree Star, and Blood on the Dance Floor, presenting a vicious style that puts an enticingly dark sheen on the band’s diatribes on the merits of paving your own road. Speaking with ReGen, Suicide presents an unashamedly sober and drug-free form of rock & roll excess, offering insight into life on the road, and the slightest peak at what the band has to offer on the band’s debut single and video for “Generation Fuck Star.”


You’ve released your debut ‘Generation Fuck Star’ video and single. You’ve stated that the song ‘represents leaving all of your baggage behind.’ Tell us about the development of the video; how did it come about and in what way do the visuals presented relate to the theme of the lyrics?

Suicide: Too many people let their past dictate their future and they never let go of their hang ups. The symbolism behind the ‘cross your heart’ represents second chances and it lets everyone that receives one know that you can start anew.


Interesting to note that in your bio, it states that music kept you away from drugs and trouble, which is ironic considering the raucous rock & roll image that the music industry presents, and which is somewhat echoed in your visual performance. Tell us your thoughts on this; why when music kept you out of trouble does it seem to work in the opposite direction, even to this day, for many others?

Suicide: A lot of people use drugs as their escape because of the temporary release it gives them. Music and performing gives me that same high. The difference could be that music became my life. When I found solace in it, I didn’t need drugs. I’ve always been very self contained and never wanted anything else controlling me, so I kept my distance from regular drug use. I was fortunate for that.


The band has toured with Static-X throughout 2012, and if the video is any indication, you put on an intensely visual and energetic performance. What have you found to be the major difficulties with performing live and touring?

Suicide: Touring is more tiring than you would think because we are driving to the shows and not getting enough sleep on most nights. But at the end of the day, we are doing what we love and these are the small sacrifices to do so. Performing live gets easier by the night because the band is becoming a monster!


Is the ‘Generation Fuck Star’ video exemplary of the stage show? In what ways do you as a band maintain the energy from show-to-show, and what changes do you make between shows to keep it fresh for you?

Suicide: When you feel yourself grow and get better each night, that’s what keeps it fresh. It’s like being a sports team and watching video of yourself – you can see the adjustments that need to be made and you get back on the field and make them.


Touring with an accomplished band like Static-X, along with others like Prong, The Browning, and 9Electric, what would you say are the major lessons you’ve learned about touring and performing live?

Suicide: Be punctual, grateful, and respect the venues and crew. Everyone is top notch and if you want to hang with the big dogs, you need to get your chops and show on the next level.


Tell us about the live band, all ‘front men in their own right.’ In what ways do their performances complement the music you’ve written; were they involved in the studio process/recording the album?

Suicide: When you have an extension of your brain at each position, it’s a special experience. I think the fans that have gotten a taste could explain it.


What do you find to be the major benefits to playing live versus playing in the studio; what are your favorite/least favorite aspects of both, and which do you prefer in general?

Suicide: Capturing the moment in either application is what it’s all about but nothing beats having an audience and sharing a connection together.


Davey Suicide - Put Our Trust in SuicideYour sound draws upon a number of influences – mainly metal, industrial, and punk. As many bands introduce a wide range of sounds into their music these days, many often coming up with their own categories, what are your thoughts on the validity of such labels?

Suicide: Call it what you want but it all starts with rock, unless it sucks!

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