The Roxy Theatre presents
Davey Suicide, Fearless Vampire Killers, Forget Your Friends, In White Noise
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA, 90069
Watch & Listen
William Roy Francis was born January 8, 1982 in Seattle,Washington. In wiL's younger years he took an interest in drugs and alcohol but after leading police on a high speed car chase (and subsequently spending time in jail), wiL decided it was time to turn his life around. He started playing guitar again as a form of therapy and rediscovered music. He mainly provides vocals for post-hardcore band Aiden but can also play guitar, bass, and piano. wiL has said that William Control is basically the struggles he faces everyday and the battle going on inside of him to use drugs and drink. William Control is classified as Electro/New Wave/Rock. His music tends to be very dark and focused on controversial themes. Aiden bass player Nick Wiggins also plays for William Control.
Davey Suicide is ready to set the world ablaze. On his self-titled debut album, the Los Angeles insurgent injects gutter grit back into rock 'n' roll. It's been far too long since a rebel raged through town with distortion blaring, middle fingers in the air, girls dropping their panties, and flames everywhere. Flanked by bandmates Frankie Sil [Bass], Drayven Davidson [Drums], Needlz [Keyboards], and Ashes [Guitar], he distills heavy metal, industrial, and punk into anthems that are as corrosive as they are catchy. Whether or not you're prepared, Suicide has arrived.
As a kid, he always knew the "safe" life wasn't for him. In order to tune out the fights of a broken home and the pressures of church, he'd crank Guns N' Roses, Pantera, and Metallica on his stereo and play guitar as loud as his small Peavey amp would allow.
Music kept him away from drugs and other trouble, and his three patron saints became Axl Rose, Marilyn Manson, and Eminem. Beyond adorning his arm within a tattoo tapestry, he learned one important thing from these icons that eventually inspired him to move from the East Coast to Hollywood.
"It's important to pave your own road," declares Suicide. "I hit a ceiling. I had some opportunities that slipped away, and I woke up one day with the idea of 'Davey Suicide'. I needed a constant reminder that we're all in the driver's seat. If I give up on myself, shit's not going to go the way I want it to. I'd rather live by my rules than feel like I'm stuck inside a box. It's about believing in yourself. Put your trust in Suicide."
You can begin with the fourteen songs on the album. The first single "Generation Fuck Star" thrashes with intense industrialized guitar and an arena-ready hook. With a music video concept penned by Suicide himself, "Generation Fuck Star" is an unforgettable calling card both sonically and visually.
"It sets the tone," he affirms. "It represents leaving all of your baggage behind. I'm breaking free from all of the things that have plagued me for years and becoming comfortable in my skin. It speaks to kids who have grown up in fucked up situations. So much watered down bullshit is forced upon the masses. People like the Kardashians get super famous for being talentless. I want to break that mold. We live all of this. This isn't a costume."
What you see is what you get, and Suicide isn't pulling any punches. Targeting hypocrisy, his unbridled honesty courses through the synth snarl of "Sick Suicide" and the stomping riff bitchslap of "Grab a Gun & Hide Your Morals."
He sighs, "A lot of people choose to be religious because they're scared of going to Hell. Do something because you mean it not because you're afraid of the consequences. The thought might be villainous or shocking to what the social standard is. I'm not saying anything untrue though. If people want to believe the façade, I'm going to expose it."
He also deliberately leaves no emotion untouched. Tracks like "Hustler Queen" and "Uncross Your Legs" ooze a dirty charm, while "I'll Take a Bullet for You" is a mournful addiction elegy carried by a faint acoustic melody.
On stage, it comes together with a brutal bombast. For Suicide, the show is paramount. "We've assembled five guys who are essentially frontmen in their own right," he adds. "I wanted to have all of the bullets in the chamber and fire them off at once. That's what we're about to do."
That blast is going to leave a big mark, and things may never be the same. Welcome to generation fuck star, and say hello to your new leader, Davey Suicide. — Rick Florino, April 2012
Fearless Vampire Killers
Come to our about page have you? Hmm… We didn’t think that many people would stumble across this, and if they did we assumed they might already know something about us so we were struggling to work out what to put here. Most bands will have something of a press release spiel in the form of an exaggerated list of achievements, bands they have performed with, and then some weird description of their music that doesn’t really make any sense. What does “soaring guitars” even mean? That they fly?
So what we thought we’d do is be honest about what we are and what we’re looking to achieve. We’re a rock band living in a cramped two-bedroom flat in London, UK. We originate from somewhere called the Waveney Valley which forms the border between the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, and it was there that we started playing in bands together, playing anywhere that would have us and often ending up in old sports halls or the sides of lorries at town fairs. After 3 years, morphing in and out of various incarnations of bands, we realised that: 1. Most of the industry didn’t know where our hometown Beccles was and 2. Even if they did they wouldn’t consider signing a bunch of teenagers with a fan base that they could count on their toes. So after much consideration and amongst a hell-of-a-load-of emotional obstacles, we moved to London with only the kindness of strangers and some family to rely on and for about a year we barely played a show.
In late 2008 everything came together and we named ourselves Fearless Vampire Killers, we wanted it to be a name that carried a load of baggage, like a badge of honour but also something that we’d need to prove. It came from a film we’d grown up watching, and it fit with everything we stood for; fighting back against oppressors of any sort and making something of yourself. Rising above the ones that did you harm. As individuals we really weren’t that good at life, but together we knew that with enough work, we could make something incredible. With that we set to work creating a concept that our songs and our image could fit within: An idea we named Grandomina, something of an idealised image of what the world could be, though still with its fair share of flaws and vice. The songs we write therefore can be taken in anyway the listener wants – the lyrics are metaphorical, and though they may reference the concept, we wanted them to be honest and emotional: Songs that people could relate to and maybe even songs that would help people through hard times.
So yeah, we’re Fearless Vampire Killers, we do what we want and we couldn’t care less how much people get niggled by our make up or weirded out by what we’re singing about. We’re freaks, and if you’ve come to this page then you probably are a bit too. Now let’s get together and gear up. We’re here to set hearts alight and tell the Heartataks where to stick it.
$12.00 - $15.00
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