The Suicide Machines – The 2014 Tour
The definitive Detroit punk band is back and better than ever, bringing
their mighty repertoire of all their greatest hits and forgotten gems to the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO. Don't miss this
opportunity to catch the raging wave of punk all over again with the best of the Suicide Machines at SummerGrind 2014. Can't
make it for the festival? Don't fret. The Suicide Machines are bound to play another reunion show soon, and when they do,
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SummerGrind is the hottest underground skater festival. Other legendary punk, hardcore, and
ska bands will take the stage along with the Suicide Machines, including Lower Class Brats, Morning Glory, and The Atom Age.
The Gothic Theatre itself is an extraordinary retro-fitted movie theatre. This historic Art Deco space brings a splash of
panache to this year's SummerGrind. Taking over an entire city block, the SummerGrind festival is bound to rock. Don't miss
your chance to see this summer's reunion show of the legendary Suicide Machines and their compatriots!
The Suicide Machines
Although most alternative ska comes from California, the highly celebrated Suicide Machines have
been rocking this genre in Detroit since the early 'nineties. The group would be established in 1991 by vocalist Jason Navarro,
guitarist and vocalist Dan Lukacinsky, bassist Jason Brake, and drummer Stefan Rairigh. The band would go through several
lineup changes throughout the years, but Navarro and Lukacinsky would remain as stalwart core members. In 1993, when the band
recorded their first demo, drummer Rairigh would have already been switched out for Derek Grant. The following year, the Suicide
Machines made their national tour debut with Royce Nunley on bass and vocals. After playing a few well-received shows around
the States, the band signed on for a complete national tour with San Diego ska-punkers Buck-O-Nine. Shortly after the tour,
they were signed by Hollywood Records.
Their 1996 debut album, Destruction by Definition, was a commercial and critical
success, and the band toured the album heavily. Hardly content to rest on their laurels, the Suicide Machines then hunkered
down in the studio to improve their already considerable musicianship. Their dedication clearly paid off in the tighter sound
of their sophomore release, 1998's Battle Hymns. During this time, drummer Grant had left for Alkaline Trio and Thoughts of
Ionesco, replaced first by Erin Pitman and then Ryan Vandeberghe. The Suicide Machines' self-titled third album would be released
When the punk classic Steal This Record was released in 2001, the band was beginning to undergo serious changes.
Bassist Nunley would leave after nearly eight years with the Suicide Machines and would go on to form the pop rock band Blueprint
76. The Suicide Machines released a raucous retrospective entitled The Least Worst of the Suicide Machines: 1995-2001 in 2002,
and their contract with Hollywood Records dissolved soon after. Only months after parting ways with Hollywood, however, the
band would be signed to Side One Dummy. Rich Tschirhart would have taken over Nunley's spot, and the band released A Match
and Some Gasoline in June 2003. The Suicide Machines' 2005 album, War Profiteering Is Killing Us All, would be another critically
acclaimed release and was selected as an Allmusic Album Pick. The Suicide Machines would officially disband in 2006, so don't
miss their rare and rowdy reunion shows!
The Suicide Machines would be a gold standard of
ska-punk from their first big release. 1996's Destruction by Definition would be acclaimed across the board. Alternative Press
named the album as one of the best pop releases of the year. Thanks to the band's tireless touring, the album sold 200,000
copies, making it number fifteen on Soundscan's alternative album sales rankings. 1998's Battle Hymns only further proved
them to be at the top of their genre. "Killing Blow" from Steal this Record would quickly become a hit in the punk scene.
Their last release, War Profiteering Is Killing Us All, was a resounding finale to the band's unforgettable legacy in the
It might surprise some that the Hollywood Records label, to which the irreverent
and provocative band was signed from 1995 to 2002, is a subsidiary of the squeaky-clean Walt Disney Company.
Suicide Machines Concert Experience
There has never been a better time to be a fan of the rambunctious Suicide Machines.
For longtime fans and the uninitiated alike, the SummerGrind Suicide Machines concert experience will be one that will make
you want to scream along to their anthems (and possibly shave yourself a mohawk) all over again. Whether you're chilling in
the crowd, rubbing shoulders with top-notch skaters or popping and moshing across the floor, this is going to be an experience
you will never forget. Don't wait – dye your hair, practice your ollies, or just call up your friends and grab a few
tickets for the hottest summer show of 2014. Tickets are in high demand, so get yours today!