Suicidal Tendencies is a legend among the punk genre for being one of the first hardcore punk bands. First formed in 1981, the band is still going strong with only frontman Mike Muir being the only remaining member. I got my first chance to see this band on May 11th at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California.
The crowd was ready for Suicidal Tendencies. I could feel the fan-base’s energy just waiting to be unleashed. Even the opening bands did a great job. Normally opening bands don’t catch my eyes(or ears) but in this case they kept me entertained. Suicidal Tendencies was out supporting the release of their new album “13” that just came out in March. Suicidal Tendencies mainly played hits such as “Subliminal”, “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow”, “You Can’t Bring Me Down”, and my personal favorite, “Institutionalized”. As soon as they started, the crows wasted no time in getting crazy and mosh pits were going the whole night. Aside from greatest hits, they also played some songs off of their new album but I was unfamiliar with them. The crowd was different from the usual metal concerts I go to. It was nice to see a change of crowd other than the usual long-haired metal heads. The only complaint I have is the sound. For some reason I felt like it was a big mess. I had trouble hearing the guitars, sometimes I heard Mike’s microphone give out, and the bass was really loud to where sometimes I felt a sharp pain in my head. Not sure if that’s how their music is, or the Fox Theater had their sound mixed up. One thing I thought was really awesome, was at the end when Mike let the crowd rush onto stage and sing/hang out on stage and in the end the whole stage was covered by people. I recommend this live band for anyone that’s a fan of punk bands with a bit of thrash metal mixed in.