Album Review: Suicidal Tendencies, “STill Cyco Punk After All These Years”

Suicidal Tendencies have carved their legacy by doing their own thing. Led by Mike Muir, they have become synonymous with Venice Beach and skate punk music, at least initially. Even today, they still maintain similarities to their earlier work.

STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is a re-imagined piece of work which first came out in 1995. A solo album from Muir those many moons ago, it now sees its full potential. The frontman says, “Over 20 years ago, I recorded my first “solo” CD for release (technically the second, the first being the Solocide sessions which probably will never be released as it was intended). The Cyco Miko Lost my Brain! (Once Again) album was released in 1995 and even featured guitarist Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols on seven songs. Although (during) the 13 years I was in Suicidal at that point I did things I never dreamed I’d have the chance to, or could happen, there were still way too many times that were extremely difficult to handle. Basically, “love music, don’t like the other stuff”. Anyhow, remembering that original love for music made me want to do a punk STyle record and at the time I didn’t feel it was, could or should be an ST album.”

So, being a fan since as long as I can remember, this fills my every Suicidal Tendencies need. Some may ask if this has a dated feel to it, and I can easily respond with a resounding no! It has all the Suicidal flavor you could ask for; the effortless blending of punk infused metal and Mike’s poetic lyrics that are timeless, speaking to the heart and mind like no other.

The most recent single from the album, “It’s Always Something,” delivers old school punk vibes with backup shouting. It’s definitely an easy song to get into, but this barely scratches the surface of this album’s greatness. My personal favorites haven’t been released as singles yet, but they have everything you would want in a Suicidal Tendencies release. The speed of “Nothing to Lose” brings flashbacks of the album Lights, Camera, Revolution leaving me grinning ear to ear. “Save a Peace For Me” boasts the perfect slow, steady pace that builds up part way through and doesn’t let up with Dave Lombardo taking the reigns with his effortless drumming.

Having Dean Pleasants on guitar, Ra Diaz on bass, and Lombardo on drums gives Muir the perfect platform from which to rule. Suicidal Tendencies have been the voice of the many and will continue to be for generations.

Suicidal Tendencies for life!

STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is independently released and out September 7. Buy it here!

In conjunction with the albums release, Suicidal Tendencies x Converse will be hosting a pop-up store at Bodega Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, from 12 -8 p.m. to showcase their new clothing line. This will be followed on September 7 by an album release show at House of Blues Boston.

Suicidal Tendencies North American Tour Dates
9/7 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/8 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
9/16 – Chicago, IL @ Douglas Park – Riot Fest
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
9/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
9/22 – San Antonio, TX @ The AT&T Center Grounds – Bud Light River City Rockfest
9/23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven
9/27 – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Entertainment Center
9/28 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park – Louder Than Life
9/29 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/1 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/3 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
10/5 – Denver, CO @ Summit
10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/27 – Huntington Beach, CA @ Huntington State Beach – Surf City Blitz

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