Volume 93, Issue 88
Thursday, March 16, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Machines administer next dose
©Photo by Brett Panelli
STYLISH SUITS. AFFORDABLE PRICES. Ska kids Suicide Machines celebrate the release of their fourth album and an opening gig for No Doubt.
By Dale Wyatt
Fresh from the mean streets of Detroit, The Suicide Machines always make sure to bring their street intensity along in the van. Now, after three full-length releases and numerous band member changes, they are once again travelling the road less taken.
The Suicide Machines joined forces with Hollywood Records after releaseing a couple demo tapes and contributing some tracks to various compilations such as The Misfits of Ska.
Julian Raymond, producer of their latest release and longtime friend of the band, first heard them when an associate was spinning their demo at work. He was immediatly enraptured by their music and decided to call them up.
"At this time we were still praticing in Dan's mom and dad's basement. We had received a couple of offers from other small labels, but nothing that we felt concrete about," vocalist Jason Navarro recalls. Raymond insisted on flying up to Detroit and attending a practice. Shortly after doing so, Raymond presented them with an offer that they felt good about, and the Machines haven't looked back since.
After the release of their first full length album, Destruction By Definition, which combines elements of phrenetic ska and power-pop punk, the band has chosen to chart new territory with their own style of music. The Suicide Machine's latest self-titled release is greatly influenced by various situations the band has been faced with, and shows the band moving in a vastly different direction of combining common elements of pop into their ever-growing resume of musical genres.
This dynamic change, influenced in part by Raymond, was a welcome one, insists Navarro. "Our first album was poppy and we're all about pushing lmits and opening new doors. We're not about making the same album twice," he insists. "It actually all started when we recorded "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden." Before that, I don't think we had ever thought of doing anything with strings."
With the hit single "Sometimes I Don't Mind," a song written by bassist Royce Nunley about his sick dog currently receiving substantial radio play, the future looks promising for this foursome. Despite their previous album Battle Hymn's serious political nature, the band has made sure to keep a keen sense of humour on this new effort. The humor is also conveyed in such songs as "Sometimes I Don't Mind" and "Today I Hate Everything," a poke at the modern rap metal scene. "The funny thing is we have had a lot of people tell us that they love the album except for that track," Navarro laughs. "I don't know why people are taking it so serious."
With the band's promise of further musical expansion, it's hard to imagine what may be in store for the future. "We never know exactly where are music is going to go. [We go with] whatever feels right when we go to make the album," Navarro states bluntly. However, the one thing that you can always count on from the Suicide Machines is an amazingly energetic and barrier-free concert experience which is sure to find a permanent stop in your memory.
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