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"Evor Artist in Review"

Every group has the task of branding themselves with a name

Every group has the task of branding themselves with a name. It does not matter if it's a musical group or a civic group there is a name. Names don't always tell the whole story though. When I first started on the review of Suicidal Poets, before I listened to them I had a preconceived notion I would be listening to a hard edgy rock band. Instead I found a band, whose music was in a way mysterious, haunting and though not hard it has its own edge, and now I realize that the name "Suicidal Poets" appropriate. The lead vocals done by Michelle Risquet do remind one of a mix, of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, the difference being in that Michelle is her own voice and talent. Carmelo Risquet is the other force behind Suicidal Poets, writing the music while Michelle writes the lyrics. It is easy to hear how well the two work together. The music flows well and the talent of the musicians in the group does come through. The rhythms work well with the 80's style music. At times the music reminded me of the title song from the movie "A Never Ending Story", by the group Limahl. If you are familiar with that song you might get a glimpse of what to expect when you listen to Suicidal Poets. The songs I listened to were on the EvoR site. The 3 songs: "Just Tell Me Something", "Lay in Grace", and "Suicidal Poets". Gives a good listen for someone looking to check this band out. The song "Just Tell Me Something" an 80's style song with a good rhythm, and the most aggressive of the three songs. The other songs are more subdued and melodic. They do remind me to be in similar style as the Madonna song "This Used to Be My Playground". The music is very reminiscent of eighties pop, it's up to you whether this is a good thing or not, considering the general slamming of that era's music. It is well crafted with clear lyrics, the musical style well woven. The Suicidal Poets are a group with a definite hook and may it grab you and pull you on it. By Bill Carrera

--http://www.evor.com/carrera_sp.html, 03/12/2003 - Bill Cabrera


"The Original sin Magazine Artist of the Month"

SUICIDAL POETS Single (CD) (Own Release) review

SUICIDAL POETS Single (CD) (Own Release) I liked the name the first time I saw it and it already reveals a sort of fragile melancholic thing and I think Suicidal Poets can be described as such or as someone else did : goth folk. Mind you, the essence of this New York band stays pop through and not in the least because of the voice of Michelle Risquet who is from Irish origin, she really sounds like a lorelei while the muisic is a sort of dreamy indiepopsound that can be best compared to The Sundays and on this cd the band are bringing 12 poppearls….and with their music having scored well on lots of websites that promotes unsigned bands we know they have a future and yup, better admit it, Michelle looks dead sexy too!!! The Original Sin http://mitglied.lycos.de/DreamsNeverEnd/original.htm --The Original sin Magazine 10/20/2002

--The Original sin Magazine 10/20/2002
- The Original sin Magazine


"Exclusive interview with The Suicidal Poets"

Exclusive interview with The Suicidal Poets

Exclusive interview with The Suicidal Poets The Suicidal Poets boast influences ranging from Aretha Franklin to Pink Floyd to meanderings of a classical nature. In New York, their reputation has been built upon electric live gigs and a clutch of memorable and touching songs yet over here they’re yet to break it big. However, all that might be about to change as The Music Press.co.uk catches up with guitarist Carmelo Risquet. . . In what’s been billed ambitiously as their most revealing interview yet, The Suicidal Poets talk about love, life and music. The Suicidal Poets are an ambitious band from America's second capital. Their music epitomises today's youth, bringing together raw emotion, drive and musical flair. Carmelo flamboyantly describes the origin of the name as "artists' dedication of their lives to the arts only to be recognized for their work after they die". In today's pop-dominated Britain, a band with talent is a rare thing. However, as well as rare, The Suicidal Poets are real. They write and produce their own songs and they might yet take the UK by storm. But their influences are not as alternative or wayward as their music so often suggests. The band confess to liking that man whose songs are on all the adverts, Moby and pop soulstress, Dido. Expanding on this, the band are a little more forthcoming and the answers a little more favourable: they list Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and U2 among others. As well as a common hatred of the recent trend of manufactured bands, the band are keen to tell us more. I asked Carmelo why the world needs The Suicidal Poets. "I feel what others lack we can offer like true musicianship and originality. We try very hard not to sound like anyone else and therefore have developed our own place in the music world. . . I love so many different artists and different types of music that just listening to everything has maybe influenced an original style of my own." Whilst Carmelo and the gang don't go for experimental or even commercial pop music in the same way as other recent bands, they are keen to emphasise the heart and soul that goes into their records. Carmelo expands, "our music comes from the soul and every single word and chord has deep felt meaning, something that can never be reproduced". . . The Suicidal Poets even claim to be fans of traditional Irish music. The band explain, "as we started to write our own material we sort of strayed into a more rock/pop sound but I think the Irish influence is still evident which without a doubt". SMALL TALK: The Music Press.co.uk speaks to The Suicidal Poets The Music Press.co.uk catches up with the American band to tell us more. . . Firstly, describe the origin of the name “Suicidal Poets”. I’m intrigued! The name really comes from the song title Suicidal Poets where we describe how artists dedicate their lives to the arts only to be recognized for their work after they die. Their works are described as kissing the skies only to be returned which means their talent may die with them but is immortal and will live on forever in this world. It also describes competitiveness amongst poets to see who can use the most flamboyant speech/words hence the line "twist and wrestle with swollen words". It's the same with musicians. We really do live by that standard and will dedicate the rest of our lives to our music. There is no other way. What would you describe as the band’s main influences? That is hard to do. Our main objectives are to stay away from everyone's style in order to stay original. The band consists of artists specifically selected for their particular talent and chemistry, whether they are Jimi Hendrix soundalikes or a John Bono freak. If you ask me about individual musicians, Michelle loves Dido, Cranberries, Janice Joplin, Soul II Soul, Aretha Franklin and Jewel. I like to listen to Tool, Moby, Train, Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP and lots Of jazz, Hugh our guitar player loves Gospel & R & B, and George, our new drummer loves heavy metal. Our sound and style is a product of the freedom of musical expression that maintains in our band. Every past and present band member has contributed a little piece of their world to our music. Why does the world need The Suicidal Poets? I feel what others lack we have to offer like true musicianship and originality. We try very hard not to sound like anyone else and therefore have developed our own place in the music world. I love so many different artists and different types of music that by just listening to everything has maybe influenced an original style of my own. We have worked very hard from the first chord to the first verbal muttering on our music. It came from the soul and every single word and chord has deep felted meaning something that can never be reproduce. Let’s speak a bit more about the band’s influences. How has traditional Irish music crossed over in to your sound? Believe it or not The band was first named "Claddagh" - The Music Press.co.uk


"United Global Artists Press review"

United Global Artists Press review on Suicidal Poets

Suicidal Poets Suicidal Poets display a plethora of style & diversity whilst carving out there own unique niche in the music world. The enthralling vocal charisma of Michelle Risquet propel the dynamics of Suicidal Poets along with fellow songwriter Carmelo Risquet. Their compositional & production skills coupled with Carmelo's bass/synthesizer work & Michells's guitar playing, are a perfect compliment to fellow band members "Iggy" Ignacio's drum/percussion excursions ; Hugh Ford's lead guitar flourishes & Ish-Paul's keyboard nuances. From the opening sequence of "Just Tell Me Something" with it's imaginative & unique vox quality, it's obvious that Michelle Risquet has an alluring vocal range & timber that is highlighted in her tenor pitch that is a magnetic element in the bands sound. As the atmospherics of "Lay In Grace" settle in, the dramatic balladry & piano exude a somber shadow like effect ; Whereas "Life Is A Mystery" & its acoustic proto-pop folk mirror the Gaelic folk tinged alternative exploration of "Suicidal Poets". In songs like "Digital Moods(Electric Dreams)" the listener is witness to an ambient cascade, whereas "Echoes In A Curved Mirror" offer a textural world beat flavor of free form avant garde soundscapes. These works are reflected in the world fusion flute splashes of "I'm The Only One" to the ambient experimentation of "Ground Zero(Wasted tears)." Other cuts such as "Ashes" further explore this territory with its alt-avant orchestrations & production dynamics. Suicidal Poets have this extraordinary capacity to variate & segue into other enabling musical modes as is the case in "Love Is Lonely" with it's pop/r&b post modernism to "Cries Of War" which segues into a guitar edge oriented pseudo metalism. In "Silver Horses" we are treated to a blues tinged fusion with time signature changes. Turning another page as Suicidal Poets is so adept at doing can conjure up cuts such as "Silhouette" with its coffee house alt-folk, or other tunes like "You Got The Feeling(Trance Demo Project)" & it's hypno-dronic techno-pulse. One may then approach another chapter to find the band in free form with synth bass & horn punches via "Visions From 3 Pictures" or the alt-fusion of "The Smoke Room". When Suicidal Poets choose to become more intimate in their audio muse, we are delighted to listen to "Sea Of Love" with its string flourishes or the alternative avant pop rock of "No Less Than You". Taking us a step further with "Falling" , Suicidal Poets highlight a contemporary acoustic reflective chiming pop flair. Or in "Part Of Me" we hear the warm unpretentious humanity of the gifted vocal dance of Michelle Risquet & again come full circle in a musical meridian that radiates outward to the listeners senses & makes us aware of the unique creativity & artistic complexity that sublimely manifests itself in the musical magic of Suicidal Poets. Review http://www.u-g-a.com/SP/main.htm Spotlight http://www.u-g-a.com/ARTISTS/artists.htm

--United Global Artists 04/04/2002
- United Global Artists


"National Media Networks interview of Suicidal Poets"

National Media Networks interview of Suicidal Poets

National Media Networks Interview 3/15/02 NMN: What got this band together and started in this business? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets Michelle was performing at a gig in a bar called Rosie’s when she was approached by bass player Carmelo who expressed an interest in forming a band and writing songs/music together. The first song we wrote together was "Life is a mystery" and we went on from there to write many more. Carmelo knew Iggy (drummer) who in turn knew Dale (guitar player) and subsequently we met Hugh also a guitar player and the Suicidal Poets were formed. NMN: Who writes and produces all the material for the band? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets Carmelo writes all the music and Michelle writes the lyrics. We collaborate on all aspects of the music. Sometimes Carmelo has already written a piece of music which incorporates the melody and I just follow it or I already have a new song/melody in my head which I tape and then work on further. NMN: Who is the bands musical influence? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets We all come from different musical backgrounds. Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Sade, Mary Black, Soul to soul, are a few of Michelle’s favorites. Carmelo likes rock like Pink Floyd, Yes, Tool, Train, ELP. Iggy our drummer likes classic pop and Hugh is into jazz, blues, gospel and R&B. Ish-Paul the keyboard player likes classical music. NMN: How did the band get together? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets Carmelo knew Iggy (drummer) who in turn knew Dale (guitar player) and subsequently we met Hugh also a guitar player and we started Jamming at Iggys garage where you could not swing a cat but many many great songs came out of there. NMN: What is your musical background like? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets We all come from different musical backgrounds. Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Sade, Mary Black, Soul to soul, are a few of Michelle’s favorites. Carmelo likes rock like Pink Floyd, Yes, Tool, Train, ELP. Iggy our drummer likes classic pop and Hugh is into jazz, blues, gospel and R&B and. Ish-Paul the keyboard player likes classical music. NMN: Any other members in your family that are musicians? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets Michelle (lead singer) has been in church choirs, folk groups and attended piano and guitar lessons from a very young age. Her family is also very musical, so it just was natural that she would pursue a career in music. Carmelo has been playing bass since he was 15 and was lucky to play with a few world known acts and not so known but great artists and learned so much from them. His Family also is full of musicians some are recording artists Our guitar player Hugh comes from the heavy rock scene and Also Has a few artists in his Family including his sister Patti Ford. NMN: What is the TOP reason why you want to play music? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets I don’t know what wich is on top but I can tell you that there is nothing more rewarding then playing live to an electric audience, You can literally usurp their energy and become elevated to a higher level that you never thought you could. We all have different Ideas some of us love the studio and writing , others wish we would just jam out and some of the others just love the stage. NMN: What has been your best show? Artist Response: Suicidal Poets The New York State festival last year where we had the honor to play with great artists such as Pete Seeger and David Amran. They were such nice, down to earth people. The show was televised on cable television. It was a Multi-Cultural event Extravaganza celebration held at Camp Combe, Putnam Valley, New York. The crowd of over 1,500 brought blankets and chairs and camped out and played on the great lawn, The entertainment was non-stop until after night fall. Each entertainer thanked the Gods for keeping the rain up in the sky, where it merely threatened but did not come down. When the producer introduced the "Suicidal Poets" band, no one knew what to expect. The promoter explained that the band’s name came about during one particular performance, when the lead bass guitar player cut his thumb which started bleeding, but he continued playing. When he finished, there was blood all over the place. The promoter said to the audience, "They were the kind of band that would rather commit suicide than disappoint you!" The crowd loved us .The perennial favorite was the "youngster" Pete Seeger, who packed the crowd in with his storytelling, folk music and banjo strumming. As dusk began to fall it was time for the finale, a jam session made up of performers from the days events. Under the direction of Dave Amram, the band consisted of all the members of the Suicidal Poets, Jose Ortiz on bongo drums from the David Amram Orchestra, Michelle Risquet on lead vocals and David Amram on Keyboard. The Jam session ended with a Bass Solo by Carmelo our bass player that literally electrified the audience and even stunned David Amram himse - National Media Networks


"Yahoo Music promotional review"

www.besonic.com "Life is Mistery" promotional review

It’s seems as if features are in vogue at the moment, the more the better. “Lay in Grace” has been featured now for the fourth week in a row on the German site “Yahoo musik” and now Life is a Mystery took the #1 spot dropping “Lay in Grace” to #2. Supposedly “Suicidal Poets” was to be “feature of the week” as well but there’s only room for 4 songs and Suicidal Poets are already occupying 2 of those spots, maybe next week. The direct link is http://de.music.yahoo.com/71/ there are 2 other great artists being featured this week. Check them out as well. ((((((( Support your Community artists ))))))) The Suicidal Poets seem appropriately named -- at least for the most part. This New York City-based band is anchored by Irish-born lead singer Michelle Risquet and Carmelo (-- the two met in NYC), who together write most of the songs. Carmelo plays bass, acoustic guitar and synthesizers. Guitarist Dale Streit and drumnmer/percussionist Joe Ignacio Rodriguez and Ish-Paul Perez on keyboards round out the group. It is Michelle's gentle, seductive and ghostly vocals that give the band its identity, its signature sound -- an eclectic alternative/pop rock type of sound. At first, the overall atmosphere is, well, haunting -- right from the Gothic title design Song Suicidal Poets on the CD. Consider the lyrics: "Scenes from my nightmare, pictures from a coma...where suicidal poets twist...and wrestle with swollen words...I want to pour ink all over you and leave my mark. I want to hear you call me from beyond and lay your icy fingers on my form." (the "icy fingers" part is repeated numerous times) The other tunes are "Just Tell Me Something," which breaks suddenly from the "lifestyles of the strange and eerie" to a more 80's/pop-sounding (dare we say Cyndi Lauper?) song, also woth mentioning what is probably the prettiest melody in "Life is a Mystery" and "I'm the only One," turning back to the spooky, dark mood with Michelle's best vocal efforts on the CD. next to "Lay In Grace". (Suicidal Poets - Life is a Mistery Wiebke Greinus

--Wiebke Greinus http://de.music.yahoo.com/71/
- de.music.yahoo.com


"Indie Music.com Suicidal Poets CD Review"

Indie Music.com

Artist: Suicidal Poets CD: Suicidal Poets (Icy Fingers Productions) By: Les Reynolds Indie-Music.com The Suicidal Poets seem appropriately named -- at least for the most part. This New York City-based quartet is anchored by Irish-born lead singer Michelle Risquet and Carmello (-- the two met in NYC), who together write most of the songs. Carmelo plays bass, acoustic guitar and synthesizers. Guitarist Dale Streit and drumnmer/percussionist Joe Ignacio Rodriguez round out the group. It is Michelle's gentle, seductive and ghostly vocals that give the band its identity, its signature sound -- an eclectic alternative/pop rock type of sound. At first, the overall atmosphere is, well, haunting -- right from the Gothic title design on the CD cover through the title track. Consider the lyrics: "Scenes from my nightmare, pictures from a coma...where suicidal poets twist...and wrestle with swollen words...I want to pour ink all over you and leave my mark. I want to hear you call me from beyond and lay your icy fingers on my form." (the "icy fingers" part is repeated numerous times) The CD is only four tunes long, each lasting about four minutes and change. The other tunes are "Just Tell Me Something," which breaks suddenly from the "lifestyles of the strange and eerie" to a more 80's/pop-sounding (dare we say Cyndi Lauper?) song, followed by what is probably the prettiest melody in "Life is a Mystery" and ending with "I'm the only One," turning back to the spooky, dark mood with Michelle's best vocal efforts on the CD.

--Les Reynolds Indie Music.com - Indie Music.com


"Bands making music and making the shape of the future"

Bands making music and making the shape of the future

Jigg daddy here for the next installment of Shattered-dreams music mag. This month I take a look back at an interview I recently conducted with the hottest unsigned band from the New York area by the name of Suicidal Poets. The band is got one of the hottest females in the world playing in this band, if you don’t mind me saying. So let’s just get down to bidness here so you people can go browse the rest of this months issue. Also I encourage everyone to post on our boards in the Feedback area. JAG 911-Hey Suicidal Poets tell us about your band and how you got started in the biz... Suicidal Poets- Michelle (lead singer) has been in church choirs, folk groups and attended piano and guitar lessons from a very young age. Her family is also very musical, so it just was natural that she would pursue a career in music. I have been playing bass since I was 15 and was lucky to play with a few world known acts and not so known but great artists and learned so much from them. Our guitar player Hugh comes from the heavy rock scene but lately has found a love for Gospel and Jazz. Iggy (our drummer) has been playing off and on with me in different local bands since we were 15 years of age. He is like a brother to me. The same goes for Ish-Paul the keyboardist but he is on a different planet altogether. He listens to Beethoven and the like. Jag 911-Who are the bands musical influences... Suicidal Poets- We all come from different musical backgrounds. Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Sade, Mary Black, Soul to soul, are a few of Michelleâ ™™s favorites. Carmelo likes rock like Pink Floyd, Yes, Tool, Train, ELP. Iggy our drummer likes classic pop and Hugh is into jazz, blues, gospel and R&B. Ish-Paul the keyboard player likes classical music. Jag 911-How did the band get together... Suicidal Poets- Michelle was performing at a gig in a bar called Rosieâ ™™s when she was approached by bass player Carmelo who expressed an interest in forming a band and writing songs/music together. The first song we wrote together was "Life is a mystery" and we went on from there to write many more. Carmelo knew Iggy (drummer) who in turn knew Dale (guitar player) and subsequently we met Hugh also a guitar player and the Suicidal Poets were formed. Jag 911-Where have you played and has the band played for any big time talent or open for... Suicidal Poets- We have had the honor to play with and opened for great artists such as Pete Seeger and David Amran. They were such nice, down to earth people. The show was televised on cable television upstate New York, still is I think. It was a Multi-Cultural event Extravaganza celebration held at Camp Combe, Putnam Valley, New York. The crowd of over 1,500 brought blankets and chairs and camped out and played on the great lawn, The entertainment was non-stop until after night fall. Each entertainer thanked the Gods for keeping the rain up in the sky, where it merely threatened but did not come down. When the producer introduced the "Suicidal Poets" band, no one knew what to expect. The promoter explained that the bandâ ™™s name came about during one particular performance, when the lead bass guitar player cut his thumb which started bleeding, but he continued playing. When he finished, there was blood all over the place. The promoter said to the audience, "They were the kind of band that would rather commit suicide than disappoint you!" The crowd loved us .The perennial favorite was the "youngster" Pete Seeger, who packed the crowd in with his storytelling, folk music and banjo strumming. As dusk began to fall it was time for the finale, a jam session made up of performers from the days events. Under the direction of Dave Amram, the band consisted of all the members of the Suicidal Poets, Jose Ortiz on bongo drums from the David Amram Orchestra, Michelle Risquet on lead vocals and David Amram on Keyboard. The Jam session ended with a Bass Solo by Carmelo our bass player that literally electrified the audience and even stunned David Amram himself. JAG911-Where do you see the band in 10 years... Suicidal Poets- We are presently working With Talent2k who claims they can get us signed in within a year as well as sending a few submissions to Taxy but so far the offers do not balance the work we have devoted to this project so an the meantime we are treating the band as an Independent Biz and we have been very successful at it. The band stated in a little garage about 5or 6 years ego and now we are on every website and ezine you can think off, we are getting offers from CD distributors from Japan to the States and even Air play. plus offers for venues all over. So only god know where we will be. We can only take it one at the time. JAG 911-How has the feedback been on your music... Suicidal Poets- The feed back has been fantastic , The band has had band reviews and CD reviews even from 16 time Grammy award winner Jazz Guitarists Carmine D'Amigo amon - Shattered Dreams Magazine


"HEET MAGAZINE Artist of the Month"

HEET MAGAZINE

Suicidal Poets are A super talented band, their music speaks to the very soul of man. If you want to be amazed then you must check this one of a kind gem, A diamond that shines so bright it's blinding. HEET!

--HEET MAGAZINE 10/17/2001
- HEET MAGAZINE


"Performers from the bands bring down the house at Camp Combe"

Michelle Risquet (vocals), Carmelo, Eliot Rivera (on Sax) with the performers from the bands bring down the house during the finale "jam" session at the Multi-Cultural Day at Camp Combe

August 4th Multi-Cultural Extravaganza celebration held at Camp Combe Putnam Valley YMCA.

The crowd brought blankets and chairs and camped out and played on the great lawn at Camp Combe. Although there were a variety of ethnic foods, the sausage and peppers were the first to go. The entertainment was non-stop until after 8 pm. Each entertainer thanked the Gods for keeping the rain up in the sky, where it merely threatened but did not come down.

When Rivera introduced the "Suicidal Poets" band, no one knew what to expect. Rivera explained that the band’s name came about during one particular performance, when the lead guitar player cut his thumb which started bleeding, but he continued playing. When the guitarist finished, there was blood all over the place. The promoter said to the audience, "They were the kind of band that would rather commit suicide than disappoint you!" The name stuck.

Now Suicidal Poets are one of the most downloaded group on the Internet. You can hear them for yourself at: www.besonic.com/suicide_poets and their new site, www.soundclick.com/suicidepoets. The crowd loved them: band leader Carmello Risquet, his wife and lead singer Michelle Risquet, drummer Ignacio Rodriguez, rhythm guitarist Dale Streit, lead guitarist Hugh Grant, and singer Robert LaBoudiere.

The perennial favorite was the "youngster" Pete Seeger, who packed the crowd in with his storytelling, folk music and banjo strumming.

Rivera next introduced a group that brought back memories of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Bette Midler, the 50’s and more oldies; they were the "Flashbacks," a group that has been together since 1977. Steve Piscopo is the band leader and plays drums and vocals, Bill McCann is on keyboard, guitar and vocals, Anthony LaBella plays keyboards and vocals, Ray Imperato is on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, and Carl Fosse plays bass. Their music is so smooth, the crowd could have listened to them all night.

As dusk began to fall it was time for the finale, a jam session made up of performers from the days events. Under the direction of Dave Amram, the band consisted of Ivan Santiago on percussion drums, Jose Ortiz on bongo drums, Carmelo Risquet on guitar, Michelle Risquet on lead vocals, Ignacio Rodriguez on drums, Rivera Rivera on saxophone, Hugh Grant on guitar, Robert LaBoudiere on tambourine and Adam Amran on guitar. For their first song they played Happy Birthday to Carmelo Risquet, with the audience singing along.

- Putnam Valley Journal


Discography

Current CD : 'Suicidal Poets' . A 12-track cd of all original compositions. Running time - 55 minutes.

'Lay In Grace' and 'Just Tell Me Something' are currently being featured on Myspace.com .
To find other available streaming access tunes for the band, go to http://www.sonicgarden.com/sonic-web/artist.cfm?artistid=8281

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Bio

Band History:
It all started in a bar called Rosie's in NYC in 1998. Michelle was singing Irish tunes with another act when Carmelo introduced himself and expressed an interest in forming a band and writing music together. Michelle said "Yes", and Carmelo(bass) went about gathering musicians.
Soon 'Iggy' Joe Ingnacio Rodriguez(drums), Ish-Paul Perez(keyboards), Dale Streit(guitar), and Hugh Ford(lead guitar) were on board, and the original Suicidal Poets were formed.
In the beginning, rehearsals were held in Iggy's box of a room, "where you couldn't swing a cat". But a lot of good lyrics and music were born there.
Soon Carmelo and Michelle set out to build a private studio and start recording the band. The CD 'Suicidal Poets was produced from these sessions.
Most of the original musicians are still contributing in one form or another to the band.

The current line-up of the band is:
Steve Aloyisus Campbell - acoustic & electric
guitars; joined in 2002
Joe - lead guitar; 2006
Alex Rojas - drums; 2005

Michelle's vocals and Carmelo's bass and synthesizers, of course, remain.

Happily, Iggy is sometimes available to add additional drums or percussion. As Carmelo is fond of saying,"Once a Suicidal Poet, always a Suicidal Poet!" and Hugh and his guitar is still working with Carmelo from time to time.
The band continues to perform in and around NYC, The knitting factory, Arleens grocery, The bitter End are our favorite spots when not playing we are busy in the studio with new tunes.

Your influences?
All of our band members come from different musical backgrounds and have different tastes in music. Our main objectives are to stay away from everyone's style in order to stay original. The band consists of artists specifically selected for their particular talent and chemistry.
If you ask me about individual musicians, Michelle loves Dido, Cranberries, Janis Joplin, Soul II Soul, Aretha Franklin and Jewel. I like to listen to Tool, Moby, Train, Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP and lots of Jazz. John, our lead guitarist, loves Rush, the Stones, and the Eagles. Steve, our rhythm guitarist, is into The Who, Radiohead, and The Pogues. Our drummer Alex loves Santana, Chicago and Grand Funk.
Our sound and style is a product of the freedom of musical expression that is maintained in the band. Every past and present band member has contributed a little piece of their world to our music