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A Dirty Dozen with VERITAS SUICIDE from SUICIDE PUPPETS – September 2023

| 26 September 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Industrial metal band SUICIDE PUPPETS have announced that they’ll release their new EP, Beyond The Veil, on October 13th. The Central-Pennsylvania based outfit is back with their first new studio release since 2020’s Tales of Living and Dying on Slaughter Ridge Road. The lead single from the upcoming record, “Death Note”, is out now and is accompanied by a new music video. SUICIDE PUPPETS is a nationally touring five-piece metal band hailing from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that have been touring regionally since the band’s beginning in 2007. Blasting their audience to bloody bits of sonic shrapnel, SUICIDE PUPPETS feature Twisty Suicide on vocals, Jonny Suicide on bass and backup vocals, Steven Suicide on lead guitar, Donnie Von Gailinger on rhythm guitar, and Veritas Suicide on drums.” We get drummer Veritas to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Death Note” is a song about a serial killer with a twist. The twist being that the serial killer is a member of the band who kills someone in the crowd at each show while on tour.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I would have to say for me it was the allure of everything that encompasses music. From the endless variation of notes to how chord progressions work. The moment I knew I wanted to get into music was back in first grade when I learned to play the violin.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Pantera. For me they were an absolute game changer in the metal scene.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Al Jourgensen (Ministry). His is in my opinion the pioneer for industrial metal. To be able to collab with the “Godfather” of industrial metal would be the pinnacle.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour? What do you like to do to unwind?

I love to spend time with my family, lift weights and continue training and studying in Kenpo Karate.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe, or you disagreed with?

I would call us Industrial Metal. I can’t really recall a time when we were compared to a band that made me cringe.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Typically, when we are hanging out, we are usually just chilling at someone’s house drinking and talking.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I think the last time I was starstruck was when I met Wayne Static.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

To be able to create and express ourselves. If I had to give up the musician life, I think I would be happy helping those in need.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

What song do you wish you would have written? “Happy Birthday” everyone knows all the words and it’s sung every single day. I’m tired of being asked how the band got its name.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Our earlier recordings.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I don’t think there would be any one record we would want to be a part of however, anything that was recorded at Electric Lady Studios would be epic. Lots of killer albums were recorded there.





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