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MUSIC MONDAY - RA DIAZ

Here's a sample of the Solo Lead Bass version of "Gonna Be All Bass" by Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz. This is the song "Gonna be All Right" off STill Cyco Punk by Suicidal Tendencies, with the vocals removed and Ra taking over and adding a Lead Bass. This 1 minute sample should be lesson one for any one that wants to play bass. Switching from fingering, to slapping to tapping, to harmonies, it's a mini sample of what the bass is. 

The full version will be out on the upcoming compilation on Suicidal Records  and will include other bass player's doing taking over on lead bass for more instruMentals, as well as some instruMental guitar tracks. You can also see videos for a couple new takes on ST songs, "Alone" by Nisha STar and "Monopoly on Sorrow" by 22BELLOW. More samples and videos coming soon. 

Video: Ra Diaz

Artist: Ra Diaz

Song: Gonna Be All Bass

Release date: Fall 2020

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MUSIC MONDAY - DEAN PLEASANTS

It's Music Monday again and today we're featuring our own Dean Pleasants.

This is the video teaser to Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves guitarist Dean Pleasants' firST video and release from his upcoming solo inSTrumental album.

The music to "This World" was originally released on the SxTx album, "13". Here the vocals are "removed" and Dean let's the guitars do the talking.

Dean was the original guitarist in Infectious Grooves and then joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1997 when they got back together after a short hiatus. Dean's also played guitar on numerous gold and platinum albums as well as lots of other STudio session work.

Now Dean's doing his own thing and hope you will enjoy his "Journey to the Sun".

Dean will also be featured on the upcoming compilation that will feature a number of SxTx tracks done as inSTrumentals and ‪2 new covers of ST‬ songs...

Nisha STar with her version of "Alone": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xugnE5jVEwY‬ and 22BELOW with their version of "Monopoly on Sorrow": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BOUYzwDm_w‬

Look for the full video release soon and more details on Dean and other projects coming up!

Be safe, STay STrong! STay Cyco!

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MUSIC MONDAY - 22BELOW

It's Time for the second edition of "Music Monday"!

LaST week we debuted South Asian/ AuSTrailan singer "Nisha STar" with her firST video release for her cover of "Alone".

This week we are featuring 22below from Holland. 22BELOW features a female singer, Madelief Licht and also features Guitars - Barteld Jansen / Drums - Jan Pohl / Bass - Paul van der Maat.

"Monopoly on Sorrow" was originally recorded by Suicidal Tendencies and appeared on "The Art Of Rebellion" album released in 1992.

When ST released this song( and album) it was considered "quite a different sound" (which basically every ST album released at the time was, so really any surprise?). It's another long STory (aren't they all), but Mike Muir ended up playing the electric acoustic guitar on the Suicidal version.

Music is an amazing thing. There are so many ways to interpret, hear, analyze, approach, take apart and reconstruct it in completely different renditions. The attack and approach can come from totally different perspectives and sounds, but ultimately it's the lyrics that speak to you or they don't.

"Influence" is a word used all the time. But the definition can be completely different. Example, someone can be influenced and try to be "just like" what influenced them. Or, they can use that influence to "inspire" them to do it a different way, to take that experience and mix it with their other experiences and create something new in that spirit.

We hope you listen to this version of "Monopoly on Sorrow" by 22BELOW. Here's the link: https://youtu.be/-BOUYzwDm_w

22BELOW'S interpretation brings a new take to the song with a more dark, haunting sound to accompanying the lyrics with vocals by Madelief Licht.

22BELOW are a band from Holland. The bassist is long time friend and Cyco, "Pauly" who when not playing bass has help with many projects with ST including design and work on the bands webstore, etc.

22BELOW's first tour was also with ST, opening up the bands French Tour. Since then they've been busy in the studio recording a huge catalog of songs and recording videos getting ready to release their debut album.... new covid hit.

This version will also appear on an upcoming limited edition vinyl compilation which will feature a number of ST songs re imagined as instrumentals, with Dean Pleasants, Ben Weinman, Tim Stewart and Ricky Tillo doing guitar versions.

In addition, there will be bass solo versions with Ra Diaz, Bubby Lewis, Josh Paul, and Saya Gray. Also appearing on the compilation is Nisha STar with her debut video release for her version of the ST song "Alone" which is posted on the Suicidal's You Tube page. Link: https://youtu.be/xugnE5jVEwY

STay tune for more info on this project, but in the meantime, enjoy the debut video by 22BELOW. Also please subscribe to the ST channel for more upcoming ST projects, etc!

22BELOW'S interpretation brings a new take to the song with a more dark, haunting sound to accompanying the lyrics with vocals by Madelief Licht.

Recorded & mixed by Paul van der Maat, Jan Pohl & 22BELOW. Music and lyrics written by Mike Muir. Mastered by Renzo van Riemsdijk. Video made by 22BELOW.

General information: https://www.22belowofficial.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/22belowofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/22belowofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/22belowofficial

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MUSIC MONDAY - NISHA STAR

"One of those funny stories, that aren't funny."

It's been 30 years since "Lights, Camera, Revolution" was released.
I'm not gonna mention names or go into full on details, but before "LCR" was released there was a little "controversy" about the song "Alone".

Some people were concerned about the lyrics in particular. "They aren't punk"..."They aren't metal"..."They aren't thrash"..."They show weakness"..."People won't like them"..."you need to be harder"...etc., etc. etc."

So concerned that "someone" didn't want it to be released as a "single" and went as far as to say it would kill the record if it was.

But all that was relevant to me was..."is it honest? Yes, it is so therefore it's quite the opposite of weak.
Is it good? Then I don't care if it does or doesn't fit in. If you don't like it, I'll still wake up in the morning :)

So here we are in 2020 a year like no other.
Safe to say it's been a long time since people have been this scared, divided, and everything in between.

Lots of things have changed in music and the world in that time and right now that's more true then ever.

This pandemic has forced live music to stop and that is the biggest "connection" with the ST family and people for Suicidal Tendencies.

"Alone is the way I feel, it's not the way I want it, but I know I can't give in. Alone is the way I live, there's nothing quite as sad as a person that's Alone"

We truly hope no one feels "Alone", but if you do feel down, that you'll find something to pick you up and fill your heart, till you find that strength within. And hopefully when you do, you'll be there to lift someone else up.
It's safe to say there are way too many people that are determined to only tear people down.

So today on Tuesday, we're gonna start "Music Monday" to announce every Monday we'll be putting out or sharing different music from other artists we are working with now and in the future.

So here's a new version of the song "Alone" sung by Nisha STar. It's a more moody/acoustic vibe then the original.
Although presented different sonically, emotionally it still resonates, and hopefully you'll be able to appreciate the difference and possibly find something in this version that is relevant to you today.

Check out the link. If you like it share it. Follow Nisha STar
https://www.facebook.com/Nisha-STar-107691930651214/
and find out more about her and her musical journey or get involved and help out.
And look out next week Monday when we post video for "22 Below".

We miss you all. STay STrong, STay Healthy, STay Sane. STay Cyco!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xugnE5jVEwY

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