SUICIDE SYNDICATE – Dead Generation 10‚Äù EP
How excited I was when I heard of a bunch of early punk big names coming together to form a band in 1982. They were THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH; featuring DEAD BOYS‚Äô snarly vocalist Stiv Bators, THE DAMNED‚Äôs guitarist Bryan James, SHAM 69‚Äôs bassist Dave Treganna and THE BARRACUDAS’s drummer Niki Turner.
Their first release featured pictures of them garbed in drug-alley, unwashed street-cats glam while the music fiery, fist-thumping, anthemic punk, beautifully fused with hard, sinewy rock‚Äôn‚Äôroll swagger which was then channeled through some dark, sinister almost gothic corners. Gawd damn! I love it!
But it was short lived, the romance of it at least. By the time their first album came out it‚Äôs obvious that the need for them to appeal to the masses had taken over – that debut and subsequent records renegaded the brilliant promise I coveted. The recorded output was over-produced bullshit filled with stadium-rock pretensions with that cringeworthy mid-80s New Wave gloss. Boy, was I crushed.
Listening to SUICIDE SYNDICATE is like rediscovering THE LORDS as how I wanted them to be. Raw, rock’n’roll punk with a touch of sleazy brooding backstreet glam; a bit like HANOI ROCKS sans make-up, bouffant hairdo and frilly-shirts.
I’ve been seeing many bands featuring life-long crusties looking for new excitements; after all playing that ol‚Äô d-beat, raw-punk and basic crust can really numb the more adventurous out there. It’s not like you want to go progressive-rock on them punks; but to dish out that same, fast and furious three-chords, only this time with inspired agility, verve and rock‚Äôn‚Äôroll, y‚Äôknow. SUICIDE SYNDICATE look like a bunch of guys who’ve gone through playing Scandi HC and now decided to bin all that in favour of something a lot more dynamic.
Their sound is like young and hungry THE LORDS sieved through the fine punk rock tradition laid down by the best of THE MISFITS, TSOL and SOCIAL DISTORTION, with dirty rock’n’roll right at the forefront. Compared to the THE LORDS or HANOI ROCKS though, this young band still need to deliver the goods in terms of great songs, but this 10″ is already kicking butts towards that promise. Just get a load of this:[audio:https://thericecookershop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/02-Suicide-Syndicate-F.T.L..mp3|titles=Suicide Syndicate – F.T.L.]
SUICIDE SYNDICATE, lean and mean rock’n’roll machine powered by angels with dirty faces.