Teen Suicide is an American indie rock band from Orlando, Florida.

Teen Suicide
OriginOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Years active2009–present
LabelsRun for Cover
Past members
  • Eric "Skiz" Livingston
  • Caroline White
  • John "J2" Toohey
  • Brian Sumner
  • Alec "Torts" Simke



Teen Suicide formed initially as a solo project of Sam Ray in 2009 and released a 2011 compilation, Bad Vibes Forever, which consisted of "early early demos". Soon after this, Eric Livingston joined the band, making a duo with Ray on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, drum machines, and bass, and Livingston on drums and vocals, occasionally accompanied by various unofficial members such as Alec Simke and Caroline White.

In February of the following year, they released an EP titled DC Snuff Film. They followed up that EP with a three-song EP titled Goblin Problems in June 2012.[1] A full-length album entitled Waste Yrself was also being produced around the same time, but it was left uncompleted. Instead, the tracks intended for release on the album were included as part of the compilation Rarities, Unreleased Stuff, and Cool Things, then released separately shortly afterward. In September 2012, Teen Suicide released their debut full-length album titled I Will Be My Own Hell Because There Is a Devil Inside My Body.[2][3] Around this time, Alec Simke became a full-fledged member of the band. In November 2012, Teen Suicide released another EP titled Hymns prior to announcing they were breaking up.[4] They played two more shows in December 2012 and January 2013, then disbanded.

In February 2013, the band released a compilation on Bandcamp titled Rarities, Unreleased Stuff, and Cool Things.[5][6] On the December 27 date of Elvis Depressedly and Crying's tour, the band reformed "on a whim" to play a secret set at the Charm City Art Space in Baltimore.[7] They subsequently reunited to play four reunion shows from February 27 to March 2 with Special Explosion and Sorority Noise,[8] now with a lineup featuring Ray, Simke, John Toohey on guitar, and Brian Sumner on drums.

A new Teen Suicide song titled "Pavement" was featured on Topshelf Records 2014 digital label sampler.[9] In January 2015, the band signed to Run for Cover Records to release remastered and expanded editions of I Will Be My Own Hell Because There Is a Devil Inside My Body, DC Snuff Film and Waste Yrself, with the two latter records being released as a single album.[10]

Teen Suicide contributed a new song to Paper Trail Records' Thanks for Listening compilation.[11] From December 2015 to January 2016, several demos appeared on the band's social media prior to the announcement of their second album entitled It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot, which came out April 1.[12]

Teen Suicide has since toured twice, once with Say Anything, mewithoutYou, and Museum Mouth, along with a summer tour with Elvis Depressedly and Nicole Dollanganger.




  • Sam Ray – guitar, lead vocals, synths[13] (2009–2013, 2013–present)
  • Sean Mercer – drums (2014–present)
  • Nick Hughes – bass (2017–present)
  • Kitty Ray – vocals (2018–present)


  • Eric 'Skiz' Livingston – drums (2009–2013)
  • Caroline White – viola, backing vocals (2012–2013)
  • Alec 'Torts' Simke – bass (2012–2013, 2013–2016), guitar (2012)
  • Brian Sumner – drums (2013–2014)
  • John 'J2' Toohey – guitar, backing vocals (2013–2016)





Studio albums


Compilation albums

  • Bad Vibes Forever (2011)
  • DC Snuff Film / Waste Yrself (2015)
  • Rarities, B-Sides, Demos, Outtakes, & Secret Songs... 2009-2019 (2019)


  • Rarities, Unreleased Stuff, and Cool Things (2013)

Extended plays

  • DC Snuff Film (2012)
  • Goblin Problems (2012)
  • Hymns (2012)
  • Waste Yrself (2012)
  • Bonus EP (2016)[14]


  • "Sonic Youth" (2015)


  1. ^ Jewell, Sean. "Teen Suicide (the Band)". The Stranger. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Teen Suicide: I Will Be My Own Hell Because There Is a Devil Inside My Body". Portals Music. December 11, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Sacher, Andrew (December 16, 2014). "Alex G played Knitting Factory, touring with Teen Suicide". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Lim, William. "New Teen Suicide EP, band breaks up". Sputnik Music. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Moore, Shannon. "Chart Discovery: Milkstains (WRIR), Teen Suicide (WMHC) and WLISPS (WCBN)". CMJ.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Kelley, Quinn. "Teen Suicide's Sam Ray talks signing to Run for Cover Records". Baltimoresun.com. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". Facebook.com. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "2014 Digital Sampler, by Topshelf Records". Topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Mashurova, Nina. "Run for Cover to reissue remastered Teen Suicide music". Infectious Magazine. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  11. ^ "Thanks for Listening, by Paper Trail Records". Paper Trail Records. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot, by Teen Suicide". Teensuicide.bandcamp.com. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Kelley, Quinn. "Teen Suicide's Sam Ray talks signing to Run For Cover Records". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "New Music: Teen Suicide – "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"". Spin.com. October 7, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2019.