Formed in the cold winter of 2005, The End recording artist SUICIDE CITY are gearing up for the release of its debut album FRENZY on August 4, 2009. The band's incredibly well-received 2005 EP Not My Year sold over 7,000 copies sans label support and garnered a wealth of white-hot media attention behind them.
Suicide City was conceived when Biohazard vocalist/guitarist Billy Graziadei met Karl Bernholtz, vocalist of the south Florida band The Groovenics. Soon joined by drummer Danny Lamagna (who had been recommended by members of Sworn Enemy) and Groovenics guitarist AJ Marchetta, the lineup was finally rounded out by former Kittie bassist Jennifer Arroyo.
Not the type of band to just wait around for things to happen, SUICIDE CITY self-released the aforementioned EP and saw success in the form of a “Best Unsigned Band” award from East Coast Romper. In 2006 Kerrang! called them “a mesmerizing presence” and said that they had “manic wide eyed energy.” They have also self-produced and released a live DVD, entitled Live From CBGB.
Having spent time on the road with the likes of Otep, Taking Back Sunday, Gwar, Danzig, Life of Agony, Birthday Massacre, Mindless Self Indulgence, Despairs Ray, MXPX, Mushroomhead, and others, the band has a reputation for consistent and energetic touring and being able to keep up (if not outshine) the bands with whom they've shared the stage.
Although the individual band members come from wildly different backgrounds, they all share a common passion for music and an unfaltering loyalty to SUICIDE CITY.
As Arroyo says, “Suicide City inspires me to reach new levels of sound and emotion.”
Graziadei describes SUICIDE CITY’s sound as “punk rock, dirty rock ‘n roll with some big balls of metal and a touch of manic depression thrown in.”
Lamagna’s furious yet precise percussion adds to the speed and aggression of the band’s sound, but is reigned in when a more melodic sound is required. The layering of Marchetta’s and Graziadei’s guitars establish an aggressive onslaught as well as some impressive and unexpected melodies while Arroyo’s bass holds down the lower end of the party. All of this is then brought together by Bernholtz ability to masterfully vocalize emotional poetry with an energy that supersedes the music itself.
SUICIDE CITY is:
Kalle Bernholtz - Vocals
Jennifer "Ms.JennCity" Arroyo - Bass, Vocals
Billy Graziadei - Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals
A.J. Marchetta - Guitar
Dan Lamagna - Drums
"Frenzy is such an eclectic blend of music,” says Marchetta about their debut album. “This band is unafraid and unapologetic about what we create, and because of that we have an album with a really wide musical landscape.”
Graziadei points out, “In our short time together, Suicide City has achieved more on our own than most bands do in their whole career with the help of a label.”
Perhaps Bernholtz sums it up best: “Suicide City thrives on making people happy and smile through our music without having to candy coat anything. Life does not ‘suck and then you die.’ Life is great, dangerous, exciting, strange, and then you die. I guess that’s what we’re trying to portray with our music.”
Jul 17 Genos Rock Club Portland, ME
Jul 18 The Moose Lodge Claremont, NH
Jul 24 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
Jul 25 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
Jul 31 DJ Riders Oceanside, NY
Aug 05 Highline Ballroom New York, NY** CD RELEASE PARTY
Sep 06 Fallout Fest Natick, MA