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The Suicide Machines

Although many mistake alterna-ska punkers the Suicide Machines as being from California, where most of the genre's bands come from, they're in fact Detroit natives. Starting off in the early '90s, the quartet was founded by Jason Navarro (vocals) and Dan Lukacinsky (guitar/vocals), who saw some members come and go before recording their first demo in 1993 with Derek Grant on drums and Jason Brake on bass. The Suicide Machines did their first national dates the following year and by late 1994 Royce Nunley (bass/vocals) had entered the fray. A full national tour with Buck-O-Nine came next, and the guys soon signed a deal with Hollywood Records, releasing their major-label debut, Destruction by Definition, in 1996. The album received rave reviews from several publications, including Alternative Press, which named it one of the best American pop albums of that year; due to repeated touring, it sold 200,000 copies and was number 15 on Soundscan's ranking of 1997's best-selling alternative releases. Returning to the studio for their second album, the band spent more time strengthening their sound and songwriting. When Battle Hymns appeared in mid-1998, it was apparent that the hard work paid off -- it was an improvement over the debut. Drummer Erin Pitman, who had joined on earlier in 1998, left the band during this time, allowing Ryan Vandeberghe to step in. (Grant later went on to play with Thoughts of Ionesco and Alkaline Trio.) The Suicide Machines' self-titled third LP followed in early 2000. "Killing Blow," from the band's 2001 release Steal This Record, was another favorite among the punk crowd, but changes within the band were happening. Bassist Royce Nunley opted for a change, leaving the Suicide Machines in March 2002 and starting Blueprint 76. The rowdy retrospective The Least Worst of the Suicide Machines: 1995-2001 appeared in fall 2002. Their deal with Hollywood quickly fizzled before the year's end, but it wasn't a missed opportunity. The Suicide Machines signed with the indie imprint Side One Dummy months later and released A Match and Some Gasoline in June. (By this point Rich Tschirhart had been installed as Nunley's replacement.) The band also prepped for their sixth appearance on the annual Vans Warped Tour later that summer. Refreshed by the response to A Match and happy with their Side One Dummy deal, the Suicide Machines returned once again with 2005's War Profiteering Is Killing Us All. The album's release was accompanied by a triumphant homecoming gig at the Detroit stop of Warped, their only appearance on the tour that summer. The Machines then embarked on an extensive tour with Boston punk revivalists Lost City Angels in support. In spite of the positive response to the ferocity of War Profiteering, by May 2006 the guys had officially called it quits. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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I'll see u sissy's at hellmouth
tthorley
Suddenly have the urge to play some Tony Hawk
I just saw them 2 years ago at riotfest... Didn't quite call it quits.
I used to own a couple suicide machines CD's, I'm a fan, but I was disappointed that there was no mention of their involvement in the soundtracks of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater or the made for disney channel movie Brink... LOL
Am I mistaken, or am I hearing Joe Yerke of The Insyderz on a few tracks?
oh yes.
Vans Song is one of my favorite tracks. Suicide Machines rule! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm skankin' out of here!
DEEEETROITTT T T SKACOREEEEE
Ska <3
This song makes me want to go in a pit and dance more than any other lol
I still have the original split they did with the rudiments, and they were called dr. jack kovorkian and his suicide machines...p s everything after battle hyms was awful
A Match and Some Gasoline is perhaps their best album
eric.diederi c h
They still pop up for one-off shows now and then, mostly around Detroit, although not with Dan.
ltjboyeee
I saw them in Atlanta shortly before they broke up. Was my third time seeing them live-What an amazing band. Could tell there was tension in between Jay and Dan, Even the stuff that wasn't well-receive d by fans is still amazing. REUNITE FOR ANOTHER ALBUM/TOUR.
They sound just like Operation Ivy....
Yeah Destruction by Definition was a sick album but it was released way before 96 in the split ep with the Rudiments called Skank for Brains. Saw them a couple years back..they were better in 94.
mikenews75
RIP? I just got tix for a July 22nd 2011 show in Cleveland and saw them in Toledo around January.
Hey was forutunate enough to see these guys more than once at some local shows. Thanx for the great times and memories... RIP.
bert.certain
This band sounded SOOOO radically different from album to album, it's crazy! Destruction by Definition is the s**t though!
First off, their self titled album was the reason I started listening to them in the first place. I LOVE the song I Hate Everything! So no, it is not awful. Second, Travis Barker is one the best drummers EVER. Just listen to The Aquabats, The Transplants, Box Car Racer, and of course Blink 182 to name a few bands he's been in. +44 is just eh--that was a bad move on his part. Regardless, this is The Suicide Machines' page and I love them!
slackjaw7626
i seen them in pa with snuff my friends got kicked out but i stayed at the show. seen them twice since then.
YAY!!! i am so excited this came up... havent heard then in a while. i wore vans because of them :)
Thank god he didn't his drumming sucks.
interesting side note, Travis Barker was considering playing with them before he went on to join with blink 182
To Doug: It was orgiginally the Kevorkian Suicide Machines. My aunt said she hated that when my cousin was the first drummer. She said she made them change it.

Jay's new band is Hellmouth, and it is very metal.

I would also like to hear some Battle Hymns on here.
Jays new band sux im sorry.

Oh and i went to school with one of the bandmates cousins i don't know which one though. an also can we have more than these three albums on here please?

slipknot also missed "The Least worst of The Suicide Machines" =>
jay has a new band
slipknot888
Discography is missing "A Match and Some Gasoline", "Steal This Record" and "Battle Hymns"..... >.>
strykelax7
Great Band !!
self titled is awful, the other stuff i can stand
sharp22skin
does anyone remember their original name...dr. kevorkian and the suicide machines, or is it just me?
I hate Chris Cornell as well.
Or A Match and Some Gasoline? :(
where is battle hymns?...and skank for brains?

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