Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir on the making of “13”

Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies was recently interviewed by Full Metal Jackie, where he talked about the making of 13, the latest album by the legendary crossover/hardcore punk band. Asked if the 13 songs that wound up on the album went through changes, Mike replied:

“When it came all down to it, it probably did, because we were close to 160 songs, but there were a lot of changes in the studio right up until the very end. I think if it hadn’t been so long, we probably would still be recording right now, but we actually kind of enjoyed that process. Putting records out isn’t very fun, but recording is fun.”

Then he added, “I think one of the things is the way music is now and doing your own thing. It used to be you put out a record and you went on tour for a year or so, you got back, took a little time off and then you went in the studio and recorded 15 or 20 songs and you picked them and put it out. I don’t think that is necessarily the way things are anymore, and the fact that things don’t sell or anything like that. Then it gets to the point like, “Why are we putting out something and kind of defend it, in a sense, because all of our records always get attacked when it’s something we love.” Ten years ago, we got our own studio and we have that ability where it’s not like, “Okay, we got three or four weeks, we have to get everything done and then that’s it.” You’re able to go into the studio anytime and write, and when you do that, you’re not sitting there going, “How’s this song going to fit in on a Suicidal record?” You just record and you do what you like and you have a lot of fun. I think it was at the end when it started getting to so many years where we were like, “We need to kind of get this done.””

You can read the rest of the interview here.

13 was released last March. It is their first studio album with all-new material since 2000’s Free Your Soul and Save My Mind, and is said to be the first of the three albums they completed back in November 2011.


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