Suicidal Tendencies Have Too Much Fire to Be a Nostalgia Punk Act

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Pep Williams
Maybe you heard that one about the people who've been killed while attending Suicidal Tendencies concerts. Singer Mike Muir has, too, except he knows it's nothing more than gossip.

"You know what? There's the Internet," Muir says. "Google it. People want to have a story."

Sure, Muir wears bandannas in press photos, has a goatee and looks as though he could kick some serious ass, even at age 50, but he's not the thug the rumor mill has made him out to be. He's articulate, fiercely independent and "more concerned with his three kids than selling records." And, perhaps most surprising, Muir often quotes his father, which seems odd coming from the guy who wrote "Institutionalized," an anthem for pissed-off teens in which a mother assumes her son is on drugs only to discover all he wants is a Pepsi. Muir, who describes his band--Muir, drummer Eric Moore, bassist Tim Williams, and guitarists Dean Pleasants and Nico Santora--as "family-oriented," says his idea of familial ties comes from his father.

"My dad said he didn't want to tell his kids what to do," Muir says. "He wanted us to be exposed to a lot of good things, find something we love and do it the best we can. It's important to have your own path, and that's one of the things we try to get across with Suicidal: We're not here to lead people. We're here to make sure they're not lead astray."

Muir's path has put him in the unusual position of being a musician who isn't concerned with record sales; 13 years passed between Suicidal Tendencies' Free Your Soul . . . And Save My Mind and their latest album, 13, released in March on Suicidal Records. Though the public may have thought the group were dormant during that time, Muir estimates they wrote approximately 200 songs, most of which will not be released.

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