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Davey Suicide: Put Our Trust in Suicide
Alternative Metal, Industrial, Punk
Standby Records
November 6th, 2012
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Put Our Trust in Suicide marks the debut EP from the Alternative Metal, Industrial, and Punk infused glam-group/solo act Davey Suicide. This recording has been billed as a release from an important member of the Los Angeles, California music scene, insisting that you know who he is, even though you probably don’t. Essentially acting as the voice of today’s youth, Standby Records saw the potential in the group and picked them up to bring this three songs plus one remix release to the fans. But, is this really a rebellious anthem, or is it another glitzy, glamorous group of wannabes?

In keeping with the Industrial, as well as modern aspects of the recording, Put Our Trust in Suicide has a pretty good audio quality to it. The bass is dominant in the mix, having a very low, yet really obvious output that works with the lower tuning and slight distortion of the guitars that does sound rather heavy. The bass kicks of the drum kit stick out with a crisp click that isn’t too thunderous, but asserts itself well amid the tighter, mid-ranged snares, and the cleaner cymbals that are a bit lower in volume, but fill the music well when utilized. The additional Industrial effects are matched at about the same level as everything else aside those cymbals, helping to weave a little more rebellion into the Punk elements. However, given the right conditions, it can become too noisy, which is the case with much of “Grab a Gun & Hide Your Morals.” Finally there’s the vocals, ranging from low cleaner harmonizationed dialogue to harsher screaming, managing to reign over every other aspect of the music.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean this EP is going to be that good. Right away, Davey Suicide shows traces of Nine Inch Nails influence with Amen and even Static-X thrown in for good measure, and can have some whiny lyrics that often doesn’t show too much in the line of rebellion. But, despite that, there is some enjoyable material to be found. “Generation Fuck Star” isn’t that impressive a song, but there’s a good deal of energy in the chorus, and the deeper, tension building riffs in the main verses help to make that enthusiasm explode when it hits. The music is pretty catchy, as well as heavy for a simpler performance, making it pretty easy to bang your head along to. “Grab a Gun & Hide Your Morals” is a little too overwhelmed by the Industrial elements, but it still follows the same basic concept as the previous song. There’s no tension in the main verse though, instead being a little more upbeat, but still restrained to simpler riffs that allow the drumming to come through a little more.

Unfortunately, the last two of the EP really are nothing special. “Kids of America 3” finds some darker Industrial effects at work, as well as a muffled vocal distortion that enhances the treble in the voice a little more. The chorus is catchier with the instruments coming into play with a hint of melody. In the end, there’s not as much energy to the track despite the enthusiastic vocal performance here and there, and it all just ends up sounding like a watered down Nine Inch Nails song, all the while showing how today’s youth is all about instant gratification, or how I seem to grasp it at least. Whether this was meant as a positive or negative touch is unclear. While not a bad song, it’s just one that you’ll leave feeling like you’ve heard it from many bands over, and doesn’t really put the group’s best foot forward like either of the previous tracks. Finally there’s the “Generation Fuck Star (Remix).” This is definitely far more impressive as far as the atmosphere goes. The dirtier vibe is better suiting to the lyrics of the track, but ultimately goes a bit too far with the Industrial and ends up removing what made the original version so catchy and heavy, replacing it with a rather generic version that will leave little impact on the listener by the end.

Put Our Trust in Suicide really isn’t the most awe-inspiring of introductions, but it definitely does what it sets out to accomplish. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cover much ground with only two enjoyable tracks, and another two that are mildly ear-catching. This EP is clearly geared towards a youthful demographic, and given some of the bands popular today geared towards that niche, there’s no denying this is will be warmingly embraced by them. If you’re not part of that crowd this group is trying to reach, chances are you won’t find the material anywhere near as strong, or even as memorable as it will be to others. Packed with rather generic compositions, simpler foundations, inspirations you can disect within the first minute if not less, Davey Suicide‘s debut EP isn’t going to set any new records, and for many will have them turning it off after only a few spins. However, the energy and accessable sound of the music does make for a soundtrack to today’s youth in rebellion that will hopefully continue to grow as this solo project ages.

01. Generation Fuck Star – 3:05
02. Grab a Gun & Hide Your Morals – 2:37
03. Kids of America 3 – 3:36
04. Generation Fuck Star (Remix) – 3:23
Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Standby Records via Freeman Promotions.