Bob Dylan famously wrote, “for the times they are a-changin'” and change they have. Records have become digital downloads, lead singers have become DJs and the famed CBGB has become a John Varvatos retail store. However, for punk/thrash/metal band Suicidal Tendencies they remain true to the style they broke onto the scene with in 1980 and for a garage which makes a living respecting and restoring old cars we salute that.
While you may never have heard the name Suicidal Tendencies before you have undoubtedly benefitted from their influence on music. Performing for nearly 36 years straight the band was one of the first hardcore punk bands to be embraced by MTV with the release of the video for their, arguably, most famous song, “Institutionalized.” Following that release off their 1983 debut self-titled album Suicidal Tendencies would go on to release 12 more albums to date and experience numerous member changes, many of whom went onto perform with the likes of: Metallica, Megadeath and Avenged Sevenfold, to name a few. However, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of their influence on music. Bands like Green Day, Jane’s Addiction, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Pantera and on and on and even Hank Williams III has cited them as influence.
GMG was fortunate enough to have the guys of Suicidal Tendencies stop by the garage before their performance at Gas Monkey Live later that evening and it was a pleasure meeting a group of guys as passionate and true to their craft as we are.