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Davey Suicide performing Feb. 25 at Ray's

There's more to Davey Suicide than the frightening Gothic look he and his bandmates don when they perform.

"I design and own the Killers Never Die clothing line, I tattoo, I make all my stage clothes and design custom pieces for (other) bands. I design the online and tour merchandise for the band (which is aptly known as Davey Suicide) and maintain all the visual aesthetic, as well," Suicide said in a telephone interview with the Herald.

The Davey Suicide band brings its dark sound to town Feb. 25 at the Ray's Golden Lion all-ages nightclub in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $8.

Suicide describes the L.A.-based band's sound as a blend of industrial rock and gutter punk, all smashed together as only a quintet of Gothic-garbed guys with scary makeup and multi-colored, streaked, spiked and dreadlocked hair can crank out. His bandmates are Frankie Sil on bass, Drayven Davidson on drums, Needlz on keyboards and Ashes on guitar.

When Suicide, a 30-something rocker, isn't collaborating with his bandmates, he loves watching horror movies, cranks up the decibels when performing and totally believes in the power of Zen.

"I seem to juggle it all pretty well, so far," he said with a laugh.

The Gothic attire is something he was drawn to as a youngster.

"My parents divorced when I was young, so I ended up being pretty much of a loner," Suicide said. "I started taking art lessons in the first grade, then got turned on to music when I was 11. I just always liked the dark subculture. It was my escape. Music kept me from turning to drugs. It's just that simple."

Suicide doesn't much care for living his life cautiously and hasn't since he was a kid, he said. His philosophy boils down to believing in oneself, shedding excess baggage from the brain and always clinging to the idea that there is always a second chance in life.

"It's important to carve out your own niche, find your own road," he said.

Part of his niche is keeping his artistic eye honed as a tattoo artist. Songwriting has no bounds when it comes to exposing his emotions, and he isn't afraid to musically address the memories of the angst of his childhood between listening to fighting parents and demanding church expectations.

"Self-empowerment is important, to believe in yourself without turning to drugs and alcohol for help," he said. "Davey Suicide band helps get you there."

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal