Suicidal Tendencies is an American rock band formed in 1980 in Venice, California. Their music spans various genres, including punk rock, thrash metal, and hardcore punk, showcasing a blend that has appealed to a diverse audience over the years. Tonight they are playing the Metro Theatre in Sydney.
The band gained fame with their self-titled debut album in 1983, which featured the hit ‘Institutionalized,’ one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial airplay on MTV. This song became a defining moment in the genre, capturing the frustration and angst of the youth. Fronted by vocalist Mike Muir, whose distinctive style and lyrics often explore themes of rebellion and personal struggle.
The band take the stage and immediately launch into their set with a ferocity that is akin to a visceral punch in the gut. Muir leads the charge, ably supported tonight by Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), Dean Pleasants, Tye Trujillo (son of Robert Trujillo), and Greyson Nekrutman. VB Cans are flying into the photography pit from all angles. Members of the band, Private Function are in the front row. It’s mayhem in the crowd and on stage, where the Suicidal Tendencies guys are careening around like crazed pinballs, I honestly don’t know how they don’t collide. It’s a swirling vortex of flailing limbs and sweat-soaked anarchy.
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