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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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AN UPDATE FROM MIKE - JUNE 30th

With all that's going on it's hard to believe 2020 is now half way over! And safe to say no one really could have predicted where we would be now, and unfortunately it's been a very rough go for lots and sadly Covid has taken the health, lives and lively hood for way too many people.

So firST, we hope that everyone is safe and healthy and dealing with all their STruggles, challenges, and even opportunities as beST they can.

As for ST, we thought we would be on tour in Europe playing festivals. Unfortunately the music has stopped (literally), along with so many other things.
It doesn't look like "live" will be an option anytime soon. Some of the shows, tours and festivals that were postponed have and will be getting new dates for next year. We will keep you posted and more info comes and we definitely appreciate all the support that we have received over the years and especially now.
On a positive note, once again we want to remind you of the artist of the month for June was Villy Villian from Argentina. Villy did an amazing artistic interpretation of the song "War inside my Head". Please watch the video of her telling a showing a bit of the process of the making of the artwork HERE.

 
You can still get the shirt and bandana of this and we did a LIMITED run of it in the black Basketball Jerseys that we cuSTom make. Check it out, and the previous artist of the months, and look out for many more upcoming special programs we are working on now.
Check out our "Artist Series" Collection HERE.
 
LaSTly on this date June 30th, 1992 the ST album, "The Art of Rebellion" was released.
For the next Suicidal Records release will be a compilation which will include 2 new cover versions of songs that were on the record.
The band 22 Below from Holland did a new version of "Monopoly on Sorrow" and Nisha STar and her Brasilian band recorded a more semi-acoustic version of "Asleep at the Wheel". Our long time friend and amazing guitarist Tim STewart also played acoustic guitar on the song.
Tim STewart and Ricky Tillo will also be featured playing on a guitar inSTrumental track on this record. Other guitar instrumental tracks will be ST guitarists Dean Pleasants, who also recorded a video for his version of "This World" and Ben Weinman's version of "Happy Ever After".
And the bass will be featured with inSTrumental bass tracks by Ra Diaz, Josh Paul, Bubby Lewis and Saya Grey.
We will have more info on this project and all the people involved very soon.
 
Again thanx for the support, STay STrong, STay Cyco!

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2020 SHOWS UPDATE

Unfortunately due to the Corona virus, concerts and gatherings pretty much all around the World are being cancelled.
Obviously peoples health and safety come first at this time and it's out of our hands.
Hellfest in France that both ST and IG were supposed to play this year has been cancelled and they are hoping to move to June 2021.
All the upcoming ST shows and festivals in May, June, July and August have been cancelled or postponed to next year.
We hopefully will have info on the postponed shows.

Also, the Infectious Grooves show at the Warfield Theatre on June 13th has been cancelled.
If you purchased your tickets via AXS online or phone, a refund will automatically be issued to the credit card you used to purchase within 30 business days. Otherwise, refunds are available at your original point of purchase.

Because no one really knows at this time when they things will go back "to normal", most festivals and events can't be moved and are setting up for next year or cancelling.
Again, we'll have more info as we get it, but it will probably be awhile before anyone really knows what's going on.
ln the meantime, STay Safe and Sane!

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