Davey Suicide: The Band Your Mother Warned You About

Our first quote from Davey Suicide says it all. “Everybody loves a villain”. But what is a villain if not a cynical hero. Standing for beliefs shared by a youth disenchanted by things that they feel that are out of control. Sporting a unique, but not entirely unheard of view upon the world, it’s not too far of a stretch to call Davey less of a villain, and more of a hero. His new EP “Put Your Trust In Suicide” is a lightening rod for all of those needing a safe haven in a world that doesn’t understand them. While facing stigmas based on the band’s chosen name, as well as some generalized comparisons, they still maintain what they stand for: They are here to stand up for what they believe in, and they don’t care who likes it.

Your band definitely has a different vibe from the others on this tour. How do you think fans react to that?

Davey: I think everybody likes a villain.

You’re clearly very opinionated. Was the original reason you wanted to do music to get your opinion out there and be heard?

Davey: I think I just needed a place to go. I felt very different from everybody, all of my peers. My parents really didn’t know how to handle me. Music was what allowed me to escape all of these things. I was young, I didn’t understand why I was feeling this way. When I started writing music, I just had so much to say because I see the world in a certain way and I just feel like that’s part of the point of music is to get your point across. To get ahead in music you can either write negativity or you can write to get your point across and bring up topics and solutions. And I’d like to think that’s what I do.

You’ve got an EP out on November 6th. Was there a reason it was released on Election Day or did that just happen?

Davey: I mean, I think there’s a lot going on. This is a new era. The country is going to be going through change and music is ready for a change. And I think that we’re a breath of fresh air for a lot of things, and I think we can be the change we want to see in the music industry.

What can fans, and new people really, expect from the EP?

Davey: The EP is definitely just an introduction. It’s not going to tell the whole tale of what the record is, it’s just going to give you hints and stuff. This to me is the crack in the door that lets a little bit of light in, and then we’ll just knock it in with the full album. So I think this is definitely just the tip of the iceburg.

Is there a set date for the full album?

Davey: They’re talking about a February release. So, sometime in February.

Any other information you can give us on the album?

Davey: Well, it’s done and it ready to go. It was all self produced. Andrew Goldstein and Alan Hessler mixed it. Alan did My Chemical Romance, and Andrew’s done Hot Chelle Rae and he’s more of a pop guy. But that’s cool to have that perspective on there.

Did you aim to get more control out of being self produced, or was it just a cheaper way of doing things?

Davey: I think it was more that we proved that we could bring a product that was ready to go to them. Once you establish that you can make a great product on your own, they don’t bring in outside people to try and make your product great. So, I think we just established ourselves as a self sufficient artist which means more than having people come in and sculpt you and make you a certain way or even writing your songs for you. And when you go to a producer, sure a lot of arrangement things are good to change. But too often you go in there and lose what makes you special in the first place.

What software did you guys use in recording?

Davey: It was all Pro Tools. I think they built some of the stuff in Logic Pro, but it was mostly Pro Tools.

How do you feel when people compare you to Manson, because it’s said a lot. Is it flattering?

Davey: I think so. I mean, he is a very big influence to all of us, and I think he was one of the big industrial rock guys before the trend and stuff. So I don’t mind the comparison. But I do hope when they get the record they see that there’s a lot of differences.

So, when researching your band online, we came across a post. A seventeen year old girl’s mother was not letting her come to the show early enough to see your set because you had “Suicide” in your name. How does that make you feel?

Davey: I think that’s the epitome of what’s wrong with a lot of people today. People judge books by their cover and they don’t take the time to get to know the people that they’re hating. That was kind of the point when I got Suicide as a name, because I wanted to prove to people that you think it’s wrong and unacceptable that it can stand for something positive. To me, it was always a reminder to keep going. Especially when you’re going through a hard time. That’s why I coined the name in the first place. We’re gonna get that. I feel like we’re talking about how I view the world, too. I didn’t go out with “Oh I’m gonna piss off x, y, and z.” I feel certain ways about religion and I feel a certain way about our government… I feel a certain way about everything.

What are your major influences and what bands do you listen to now that are recent?

Davey: Well, Guns N Roses is my favorite band. That’s my baby. I love Eminem. I think he’s one of the best rappers to come out in decades. We already mentioned I love Manson. On a completely different side, I love like Queen, The Doors, Pink Floyd.

So is that to say there’s more classic influences than modern?

Davey: I mean, there’s not a whole lot of modern stuff that I love. I love Pantera, but they’re not modern. There was a time there when I was super into The Used. You know. As far as newer stuff, my friend Ronnie’s in a band called Falling In Reverse and I definitely support him.

Speaking of Falling In Reverse, you were the designer of their Warped Tour vests. And you do other fashion design as well, right?

Davey: Yeah, I designed all their vests, and I did a couple of t-shirt designs. I actually just tattooed Ronnie a bunch, too. I flew out to Florida when they were recording. We just do a lot of bonding. And Killers Never Die is my clothing line. There’s not a lot of custom pieces on there right now, that’s more in my down time when I have time to make them. The new Killers Never Die line comes out on October 28th. And I design all of the Davey Suicide merch as well.