Photographs by Chad Michael Ward
While his self-named band is a relatively new arrival to the industrial rock arena, with a debut single now available (we'll reveal the slightly NSFW title after the jump) and their first full-length album slated for release this summer, Davey Suicide already has a strong solo career to his credit, as well as a successful clothing line named Killers Never Die, which artfully blends images of celebrity, death and horror... and I gotta say, his Edgar Allan Poe shirt is supreme. He also recently teamed up with celebrated photographer & filmmaker Chad Michael Ward (whose previous collaborators include industrial bands Combichrist and Imperative Reaction) for the band's first official music video, which made its debut on Blank TV this week. You can watch that clip on the flip – along with our exclusive interview with Davey, who told us more about the project, plus his favorite horror flicks and his many artistic inspirations. Davey and his team are poised to launch an all-out musical movement this year, and the details are all inside... so get in and check it out!
FEARnet: A lot of your artwork features horror images, like Bela Lugosi, Edgar Allan Poe and Hannibal Lecter. What kind of horror appeals to you most?
DAVEY: I like psychological thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs and The Devil's Rejects, where you almost feel compassion toward the killers in the end. I've also grown fond of the SAW Movies. One thing that I liked about SAW was the idea of teaching people to appreciate what they have and not take it for granted. The traps were creative and I liked the twists at the end of each film. The acting was never good, but most horror movies aren't known for Oscar-worthy acting performances.
Tell us about the creative process behind the video for "Generation Fuck Star."
I wrote the concept and brought it to Chad. He tied up a few loose ends in the story and had his set designers bring my vision to life. He's fantastic at what he does and I look forward to working with him again.
In the video, you're depicted as the leader of a new movement. Would you say that's something you plan to do with your music?
Yes. There are no accidents in this video.