Vocalist Mike Muir of the long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES was interviewed at Zöld Pardon in Budapest, Hungary on July 11. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked why he thinks the sound of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has stood the test of time, the band’s frotnman, Mike Muir, told Loudwire in a recent interview, “I think for us, when we started we didn’t really know what we were doing. We didn’t really set out and try to do something for other people. We stood there and did what we liked. We didn’t care what other people thought. After we did our first record, one of my good friends came up to me and said, ‘Yo, Mike, I got to talk to you. People aren’t going to like the album. It’s not music. You have an opportunity to make music that people can listen to on the radio.’ But I didn’t think that was an opportunity because I didn’t like what I was hearing on the radio. Our barometer is not what people are going to think or how many records we can sell. We just want to be proud of what we make. That’s why it stands the test of time. We did records that we thought were really good.”
On the topic of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES‘ plans to release a new studio album, Muir said, “We’ve always had new music in the works. Now it’s actually to the point that we have some that we’re ready to put out. Now is the time to put out a new record and we feel really, really good about it. There will definitely be a record out this year.
Regarding what fans can expect from the upcoming CD, Muir said, “The way we look at it is that next year will be the 30th anniversary of our first record. When we look at a record, we don’t want to have it sound like 2012. We want it to sound awesome 25 years from now, so when a kid who wasn’t even born when we made it listens to it, he’s like, ‘Damn, that’s a cool record!’ I just had a guy from a radio station tell me that some listeners have been requesting the new song ‘Institutionalized’. The young listeners don’t realize that’s an old song! Something like [METALLICA‘s recent Orion Music + More festival] is good for us, too, because a lot of people who wouldn’t have listened to us will check us out because they know Robert [Trujillo, METALLICA bassist] was in the band.”