The End Records Signs Brooklyn's SUICIDE CITY; Debut Full-Length Out August 4th
June 4, 2009, 9 years ago
SUICIDE CITY was first conceived when BIOHAZARD vocalist/guitarist Billy Graziadei met Karl Bernholtz, vocalist of the south Florida band THE GROOVENICS. The pair was joined by drummer Danny Lamagna, who had been recommended by members of SWORN ENEMY. Soon after, Groovenics guitarist AJ Marchetta was added to the fold, and 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 an EP, Not My Year, in 2005 and has since managed to sell over 7,000 copies sans label support. That year they also saw success in the form of a “Best Unsigned Band” award from East Coast Romper. They have also self-produced and released a live DVD, entitled Live From CBGB.
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 to 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 precise percussion fury adds to the speed and aggression of the band’s sound, but is reigned in when a more melodic sound is required. The layers of Marchetta’s and Graziadei’s guitars succeed in laying down an aggressive onslaught as well as some impressive and unexpected melody while Arroyo’s bass holds down the low end of the party. Bernholtz vocalizes emotional poetry masterfully, and more than matches the music’s energy.
On August 4th, Suicide City releases their debut full-length effort, entitled Frenzy, via Brooklyn label The End Records.“Frenzy is such an eclectic blend of music,” says Marchetta. “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.”
Suicide City is: Kalle Bernholtz - Vocals, Jennifer "Ms.JennCity" Arroyo - Bass, Vocals, Billy Graziadei - Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals, A.J. Marchetta - Guitar, Dan Lamagna - Drums.