Melanie Mae Williamson

An Interview with The Suicide Disease

Music Scene Media
Oct 12, 2023
2 min read
Photo credit: Val Ledden

The Suicide Disease is a rising four-piece band from Long Island. They are making a name for themselves with their emotional lyrics and rock/metal sound. They have just released their latest single, "Flood". Speaking of the track, vocalist Jay Francis states, “Flood is about losing the person in your life that knew you better than anyone. And the Flood is the emotions you must swim through to survive that loss - hoping you will be at peace one day with them gone.”

MSM: Since you speak on mental health, let’s take a moment to start there. What advice would you give others when they are struggling to keep pushing forward?

THE SUICIDE DISEASE: I think the biggest thing to hold on to is realizing you're not alone. Identifying with others could help you socialize and verbalize your situation when sometimes we fail to do that. We need to talk about our problems  - then work on solving them.  

MSM: How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration?

TSD: I think mood is everything. I listen to the sounds in different recording ideas and then see what comes to me. What is the story behind these sounds? Once I have a melody in mind I really dial in the story with the lyrics.  

MSM: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they helped to shape your sound?

TSD: I listen to a lot of 80’s music, so everything from Tears for Fears to The Clash. And, in modern times, we were really into a lot of the post hardcore music and thought we could find a way to fuse that all together. 

MSM: Can you talk about the creative process behind your latest single, “Flood”, and what themes or messages you were trying to convey?

TSD: The song is about the emotional flood that you must swim through when you're grieving. I wanted something explosive and KJ (Strock) and Ricky (Armellino of Ice Nine Kills) helped us shape the demo into something more magical for us. But at the core of it all theme-wise, its a letter to a deceased person - letting them know you are managing - tell yourself that as well. 

MSM: Can you talk about any other upcoming projects or collaborations in the works?

TSD: We are still mixing songs we did with Ricky and KJ. We went in with a bunch of ideas and they picked the ones they liked the best. We do have a cool cover in the works. 2024 should be a big year. 

MSM: What do you think sets your music apart? 

TSD: You always want to believe you're completely different . I don't know if we truly have a signature sound yet - but I do believe there are a lot of bands just going through the motions. We are writing from our broken hearts and I think those that listen can hear it. 

MSM: How do you stay creatively motivated and inspired as a band? 

TSD: Watching movies. Jamming. Writing poetry. 

MSM: Are there any bands you’d recommend that people might not have heard of?

TSD: There is a band from out here on Long Island we dig called nxcre & the villains.

MSM: Last, but certainly not least, do you have any closing messages for your fans? 

TSD: We are glad that we have them. Seeing a story post with one of our songs is the best feeling, and makes us feeling like we are being heard. That's the goal.

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