Fanpass conducted an interview with Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir at this year’s Rock on the Range festival, which was held May 16-18 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. During the interview, which you can watch below, Mike talked about the band’s three-decade-plus-long existence, saying:
“My dad always says, ‘People who live in the past have no future.’ I think there’s a point where a lot of times in life people define things in such ways that it really limits them. Change is something that’s necessary, and I think there’s a difference between progress and just motion and stuff. And for us, I think one of the things is… Certain bands, you hear the records, and they kind of keep mimicking the same thing, and that’s all they know how to do, and that’s their comfort zone. And we’ve always said, a record should be like a chapter in a book; it should always go somewhere. Something you read in a book, it’s, like, ‘Cool,’ and somewhere else, you’re, like, ‘This is different.’ At the end, it all comes together, and then it’s, like, ‘Woah! This is great!’ And I think in a situation like this, we’re playing a festival and we’re playing songs. This song is 30 years old, this one’s a year old, but nobody sits there and goes, ‘Wow! That’s old. This and that.’ And I think that’s when you do something for the right reason — when you don’t try to fit into trends and things like that. Then you’re gonna have longevity.”
Suicidal Tendencies released 13, their first album in 13 years, last year. It is rumored that they have three new albums in the works.