Carrying on the Industrial torch with sounds resonating from the likes of Ministry and Skinny Puppy, Suicide Queen are definitely making beautiful noise. Spine tingling screams and dark opaque dreams are what they’re made of. We always run into these guys in San Francisco and have built a friendship with music as the focus in our parallel universe. Dark Beauty is excited to introduce you to Kay Dolores (Vocals/programming) and Michael Vile (Keyboards)…
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Where were you each born and where are you now?
Kay Dolores: I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I moved out here in 2010 and live in Oakland now.
Michael Vile: I was born in Hayward and I live in Oakland CA.
Describe your sound:
KD: HR Giger pornography soundtrack.
Describe your scene:
KD: This scene is strong. The scene supports art and the integration of artistic communities. Tech companies have fucked things up for a lot of people and a lot of venues, but we’re not going anywhere.
Best places in San Francisco to hang out:
KD: DNA Lounge. Club Deluxe. Cat Club.
Who is in your current line-up and what are their roles?
KD: I write, program, and sing everything. I also play guitar on the recordings. Michael Vile plays live synthesizers.
Can you name some of the musical tools you use for this project?
KD: I write and program in Logic, with a lot of synths and samples by ReFX, Heavyocity, and Native Instruments. I still write on guitar occasionally too, but a DAW with a controller keyboard is a more ideal tool.
Your song ‘SWAN’ really stands out in my ears as your anthem, what was the inspiration behind this track?
KD: SWAN is about love in a damaged world.
What’s in your ipod?
KD: Chelsea Wolfe. Ministry. The Sisters of Mercy. Lana del Rey.
Where in the Bay Area would we be able to see you perform live?
KD: Most frequently, DNA Lounge in San Francisco or Night Light in Oakland.
How would you describe your personal fashion?
KD: I get kind of bored, I cut a lot of my clothes up and sew them into something new. I pile on tons of accessories as well.
What would you like to see changed in the music industry?
KD: The old industry is rotting from the inside. Labels have to respect artists as partners if they want to have a future.
We’d love to know all your future plans:
KD: This year, we want to get the first record out and tour more of the West Coast. Possibly the Southwest this year as well.
Celeste St. Muerte we’ve been following you for awhile now, it’s exciting to see you playing LIVE! Tell our readers about your experience playing bass for Suicide Queen thus far:
My experience playing bass with Suicide Queen has definitely been a journey. Every show I get to play with the band is a new experience and a new memory. I’ve been very fortunate to have had this opportunity, thanks to Kay, and I appreciate it very much. Each show pushes me to want to do my better than the last time. It’s been a pleasure playing along some great people, and going through this musical journey with them. Sharing the stage with Kay, Michael, Ty and Todd has been so much fun and I learn a lot from all of them. I’m still very new to playing bass, so it still gets tough and frustrating sometimes, but it helps in learning more and working harder. It also helps having my band-mates supporting and pushing me to do better, it gives a boost of confidence. I’ve been wanting to play in a band since I was 12, so to finally have it happen is a bit surreal. I’ve always been surrounded by musicians and it was definitely inspiring seeing my friends perform, especially my very dear friend Jared Warren. He’s one of the reasons my focus went towards playing bass. He inspires my performances and dedication. I’m glad I’m able to take some of that inspiration and bring it into Suicide Queen. I’m excited on how things have been going and being a part of the band. I’m looking forward to what the future brings, playing more shows and meeting more people. I’m thankful for everyone who has been supportive, who’s come out to the shows, and who’s just been there for myself and the band. It’s been a pleasure being a part of this and I’m very grateful for it and everyone who has been a part of my journey.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
KD: Beauty with no concept of suffering is disgusting.
Celeste: Dark Beauty to me means, this is a quote I remember from a long time ago “when you find beauty in tragedy and tragedy in beauty”. I guess the dark side of beauty.
*Amber Gregory Photography and Geoff Smith