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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' New Material Is Gonna Be Different

"To the point where I go, 'Yeah, people won't like this.' So it's probably what I should do.'"

Suicidal Tendencies_8_James Alvarez

Suicidal Tendencies is working on their first new album of original material since World Gone Mad in 2016, though you shouldn't expect more thrash-infused punk classics. At least that's what Suicidal Tendencies vocalist Mike Muir seems to be hinting at in an interview with Bobby Dee Presents.

In the interview, Muir said the stuff he's been working on is very much what he wants to hear at this point, and nothing else. Which is a cool approach to take this far into Suicidal Tendencies' career – might as well get weird with things over 40 years into it, right?

"Yeah, I think we go about it differently than a lot of people. Especially, I think, when the COVID happened, you realize — as my dad would call it, he called it the panicky people," said Muir. "And you don't do things because you're panicking; you do things because it's something you feel in your heart. And so when that happened, [some] people [said], 'Oh, we're recording all these songs. We're doing this. Ain't got nothing else to do.' And I go, 'That's not what music's about. It's not about, you got nothing better to do.'

"You should have things better. If you don't, then you better spend some time trying to figure out what you need to be doing. But there's a lot of music that we've always recorded that we love, that means stuff to us. And then there's stuff you realize that, like — I go back to the first record.

"One of my best friends said, he goes, 'Man, Mike, listen to radio. You can do that. What you're doing ain't music.' And I go, 'I don't like what's on the radio, so I don't wanna do that. I just wanna do my thing, whether people like it or not.' He goes, 'You don't think people like it?' I go, 'I don't care if people like it. It's what I wanna do.'"

Muir continued: "And so I think right now we've been recording a lot of stuff and [it's] completely different and to the point where I go, 'Yeah, people won't like this. So it's probably what I should do.'"

Suicidal Tendencies is currently longtime guitarist Dean Pleasants, guitarist Ben Weinman (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), bassist Tye Trujillo, and drummer Greyson Nekrutman.

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