Artist: Suicide City
Venue: Brooklyn Music Terminal (Brooklyn, NY)
It is not my practice to cover unsigned bands in the Concerts section as it is now how we have been set up as a journalistic medium. However this case would spark a little necessary change to the rule book when I discovered that Suicide City was comprised of members of popular signed acts. The lineup of the group features Billy Graziadei (BioHazard) and Jennifer Arroyo (former Kittie). Based on them I knew it was going to be an interesting night. This would also be the first time that I was to attend a show at the Brooklyn Music Terminal, or BMT for short. This newly opened club is located in the space that was formerly occupied by the legendary Rock Capitol L’Amour. According to the owners, the goal is to continue along the same lines and bring quality acts to Brooklyn and increase the visibility of Heavy Metal music in the area once again. For those that remember L’Amour, this club is in the rear section of the original club (as it had split in two to maximize the metal effect on the listener). The capacity is about 700 and that’s great for a popular group can perform and easily sell out the night. The PA sounded good and I felt it must be new. I did not focus on the lighting work but note that a good PA and soundman are a smart move and go part in parcel. I hope this will be a consistent find for me at future events. Their opening is a welcome site as it also gives me a new place to cover shows and bring you the news about what is happening.
The reason I attended the Suicide City show in the first place was at the suggestion of visiting Media from www.TheSceneRocks.com . These folks were hitting the show as a part of their visit from San Antonio Texas and it was my pleasure to join them. The Ladies were going to cover the show and also interview them. When Showtime hit the band certainly showed a great amount of energy was happening up there. It’s an interesting band and they are certainly on the heavy side. That is a given with Billy and Jen’s contributions from their other bands. I enjoyed the chance to see a slightly different style guitar playing from Billy as well since I remember BioHazard from way back in the day. Jen’s bass playing is primal, as she snarls at the audience while delivering the heavy chords. No strangers to the stage in these two. I have to admit that I was not sure where this band falls into genre-wise. It is too heavy to be on the punk edge and too punky to be overall Heavy Metal. Yet the group seems tight in their delivery as they assault you with songs from their EP. They were also a lot of fun to watch as no one stood still for very long on the stage. Energy was par for the course and as a matter of fact the lead singer continually did back flips. I was impressed seeing that executed given the stage size and having other band mates in such close proximity. Karl certainly has a great amount of stage presence. The remaining members are rounded out by Dan (drums) and AJ (guitar). At present the band is not signed but they do have a CD EP available at shows. Fans of Billy and Jens work might like to check them out to see what else their favorite artists are capable of doing.
There were several openers that evening but I admit not paying much attention to most of them. There was one that stood out above the crowd in my opinion. My focus was clearer for what they were bringing to the table and the band was Lourds who hail from New York City as well. Their music struck me as a mix of Gothic, Traditional Metal and Power Pop. A strong portion of the audience seemed to be there for them and you could tell that the reaction was positive to their performance as every song ended. I feel this band has the potential to be a super-charged hit and I will be looking into their CD soon so watch these pages for more information.
Overall it was a good night as I got to see some old Friends and make some new ones as well. I hope that The Scene Rocks girls (Jen and Larissa) enjoyed their stay in New York and I also hope that the Brooklyn Music Terminal soon becomes a staple in Heavy Metal music showcasing. They are certainly off to a good start with upcoming shows such as Jon Oliva & Chris Caffery as well as Testament coming in the immediate future.
Official Web site: www.SuicideCity.com