From The Pit To The Crowd: Doyle with Davey Suicide

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On June 6th the Haven was visited once again by Davey Suicide providing support for Doyle. The ex-Misfits guitarist’s solo band was on tour for the new album ‘Doyle II: As We Die’ and The Haven was one of the tour stops. When I got there that evening, much like the last time Davey Suicide came to town, The Haven was crowded. I made my way inside and was lucky enough to get myself a spot by the front of the stage. I saw a few of my photographer friends who were there to cover the show as well. Soon enough, The band consisting of Davey Suicide , Needlz , Drayven Davidson , Niko Gemini, and Derek Obscura got up on stage and started to rock.

Davey Suicide is very charismatic on stage. There is something about the way he sings to the crowd and moves that people can’t help but focus on him. This time was no different. He had the crowd moving and jumping and some of them were even moshing. He wanted the crowd engaged and active and they happily gave that to him. And Davey Suicide cares about his fans. At one point, Davey was waving me away from the stage during a song, but I couldn’t figure out why. When he was done, he was calling forward two fans that night to get them front and center to watch the performance.

And when Davey Suicide wants to rock, they go all out. The band was thrashing away on stage and the crowd was loving every minute of it. The harder they played, the more the crowd loved it. As the last time they were at The Haven, Davey’s vocals transition smoothly between singing to screaming and back to singing again effortlessly. Their hardcore metal sound is great and I’ve enjoyed getting the chance to see them perform twice. Right before they ended, Davey spoke to the crowd saying how much he appreciated all the support they’ve received since they were on tour again. He also said how The Haven felt like a second home to him and he hopes they will have them back again for a third time. The crowd loved that idea and cheered as loud as they could get. They left the crowd breathless finishing their set with “Generation Fuck Star” from their self titled album.

While Doyle was setting up on stage, anyone was outside for Davey Suicide was now inside as I felt the crowd pushing from the back from people trying to get closer to the stage. When Doyle did hit the stage, Alex Story (vocals), who was shirtless and wearing a kilt and combat boots, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (guitar) who was also shirtless wearing pants with a barbed wire design around them and Frankenstein like boots, Brandon Strate (bass), and Brandon Pertzborn (drums) hit the stage, the crowd at The Haven screamed and Doyle jumped directly into their set with “Abominator”, the title track from their first album.

Alex’s vocals and wide eyed crazed looks to the crowd kept the energy level high. The crowd in the back moshed away and pushed the crowd forward as I braced myself trying not to get knocked over. The band’s heavy metal/doom metal sound grabs you at every note and physically hits you hard, if you were unfortunate enough to be standing next to a speaker at The Haven. The bass comes across so heavy you will literally feel it on your skin. But, this crowd did care, as Doyle was here.

Touring on ‘Doyle II: As We Die’ some of the tracks they played included “Beast Like Me”, “Run For Your Life”, and “King of the Undead”. As Brandon strummed away at his bass, absorbed into the music, Alex entranced the crowd with his chilling vocals. Though, most eyes that night were on Doyle himself. With his one strand of hair in front of his face and his massive hands slamming away at the guitar, Doyle appeared to be in his own world not making much eye contact with the crowd, or so it seemed. Multiple times through the night, he would stop in various places at the front of the stage and play inches from the fans standing there. And for the photographers, he was perfectly fine being literally in your face, which made for some exquisite photos. Overall, it appeared he was having a great time on stage and though he didn’t verbally say it, you can see he appreciated the crowd support.

Fourteen songs were played by the band that night and according to Alex that night he described them as “This is a love song that you can dance to”. By the third time, the crowd was starting to beat him to the punchline, which made him smile. Though for the most part, Alex was buried deep into his performance, sometimes kneeling and singing with his face covered from his hair. Other times he placed himself up against the Doyle banner. Either way, Alex’s vocals, which ranged from singing to screaming, never wavered and held strong the whole night.

They wrapped up their set with “Valley of Shadows”, “We Belong Dead”, and “Kiss Me as We Die”. After those final notes, Alex thanked the crowd and the band made their way off stage. The crowd, yelling and cheering the entire time, were definitely pleased with the performance. It was a solid night of metal, moshing, and fun. I know I look forward to Doyle’s next visit and I’m sure The Haven crowd would agree.