Suiciety (Melbourne) :: Management, Label, Booking and Promo

“Suiciety’s new album… is eleven tracks of killer groove, and sub heaviness, that take you on a meandering journey through aggression, feeling, and then some more confusion as to what they may do next… I suggest you buy this album, see them live, and delve totally into this band. It is a moral imperative.”

 – Jason M. Healey on the 1993 album Primrose Path.

Suiciety breathed life in 1990, after a bunch of school friends, with a love of skating, hardcore, punk and rock started jamming and writing some ditties in the back streets of the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Finding a singer and a guitarist in the unlikeliest of places, they went on to record demos under the name Ward 13. This handle never stuck, so out of the gutter, Suiciety was born. Some solid gigs around old Melbourne town resulted in some interest from bookers, local radio and independent record labels.

Their first album ‘Deeper Vision’, was well received and made it to Number 10 on the Alternative Charts and The Age’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. Travelling around the country playing some major supports and getting numerous amazing live show reviews, their crossover style surprised many. The boys went on to record their second album ‘Primrose Path’, a more diverse offering showing their ability to swing between rock, metal, alternative and hardcore punk, with ease. Not an easy act to categorise – too punk for metal, too metal for punk and too rock for both. Suiciety pioneered ’90s rock in Melbourne and took their show on the road.

With a blistering, energetic live show, they played at the Big Day Out, Alternative Nation and served support to Sepultura, The Supersuckers, Kreator, Ministry, Bodycount, Fear Factory, The Tea Party, and played alongside other Australian legends like Tumbleweed, Cosmic Psychos, and the Mark of Cain, to only name a few. Capping off 1994 as an incredible year, the band headed back into the studio (after signing with BMG), to record their iconic EP ‘Cell’; a five track offering that rocks from beginning to end, egging you on to give it another spin. The juggernaut kept on rollin’ and a tour with The Screaming Jets proved highly successful and the interest from local press and mags such as Hot Metal, made the bands profile even bigger. Suiciety’s live shows, were always faultless and backed up the hype. In ’96 the guys crawled back into the studio, exhausted, yet excited to record their new tracks resulting in the enigmatic ‘Crawling Machine Edition’. Unfortunately this recording never saw the light of day and the band closed the curtain on the circus for what was thought to be the last time…

Fast forward near on twenty years and after a well-earned sabbatical, the boys are back writing, recording and excited about the future. The new songs, mature and BIG! Looking at 2015 as being an incredible year, with shows lined up including their first gig back since 1996 at the annual Brewtality Festival in Melbourne, and a groundswell of interest bubbling away, a vibe is surrounding Suiciety again… If they can bring half of what they brought to the table in the ’90s, it will be amazing… You watch.

Current Members

Adam Cooper – Vocals.
Karsten Poll – Guitar.
Ramon Varela – Lead Guitar.
Darren Roach – Bass.
Nick Lolatgis – Drums.

Original Members

Adam Cooper – Vocals.
Karsten Poll – Guitar.
Ramon Varela – Lead Guitar.
Stefan Poll – Bass.
Cameron McNiven – Drums.

Discography

Deeper Vision (Shock Records / Shagpile, 1993)
Primrose Path (Shock Records / Shagpile, 1994)
TCP (Single) (Shock Records / Shagpile, 1994)
Cell (EP) (BMG, 1995)
Crawling Machine Edition (EP)

– Originally recorded 1996.
– All songs ­previously unreleased.
– Engineered by Kalju Tonuma (Killing Joke, The Living End, Crowded House, Hunters & Collectors, D4, The Temper Trap, Bodyjar, The Mavis’s).
– All songs written by Suiciety.
– Cover art painting by Stefan Poll (original bass player and played on CME)
– To be released by Desert Highways, 2015)

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