Suicidal Tendencies Osaka, Japan 2024

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, the American thrash/hardcore punk veterans, dropped a new single called “Nós Somos Família.” This Portuguese song features a star-studded Brazilian lineup, including musicians Badauí (CPM22), B Negão (PLANET HEMP), João Gordo (RATOS DE PORÃO), and Rodrigo Lima (DEAD FISH), alongside Supla, Fernanda Lira (CRYPTA, ex-NERVOSA), Marcão Britto, and Thiago Castanho (Charlie Brown Jr). World skateboarding champions Sandro Dias and Pedro Barros also join the party.

“Nós Somos Família” translates to “We Are Family” and marks the recording debut of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES‘ new drummer, Jay Weinberg. Weinberg, previously with SLIPKNOT, joined frontman Mike Muir‘s band earlier in 2024. The track was laid down at Estúdio Central (formerly RedBull Station) in São Paulo, Brazil. Longtime collaborator Alex Palaia served as executive producer, with contributions from British producer Paul Northfield and Brazilian sound engineer Rico Manzano.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir explained to Brazilian journalist Igor Miranda how “Nós Somos Família” came to be, saying: “We’d always talked about like doing a song with some other people. And my friends got on the phone. We got Jay in the studio, recorded a track. I said, ‘Let me talk to a few people.’ They said, ‘Who would you want me to talk to?’ I mentioned a few people and got everybody in the studio recording on it. And it was just a great to see everybody on FaceTime or whatever doing it, how excited everybody was, how gracious they were with their time and everything. Amazing.”

“I think when it comes to music, a lot of times people talk about travel and this and that and I always say, you see the side from a hotel room or driving down the road, but when people welcome you and you can go to places and feel at home and they welcome you in their homes and you meet their families and all that, that’s an amazing feeling. And then on the music side, for some people to be on a song that you did, that’s just something that I never would have dreamed of when it first started.”

Discussing the difficulties of collaborating with so many different artists on a single track, Muir said: “Well, a lot of it [came about] when I was down there talking to a lot of people, and people were, like, ‘Oh, we should do a song,’ or and we just kind of got talking about music and different things like that. And so, usually years ago or something, it would be very difficult. Everybody’s got the labels they’ve gotta get signed off on and all those things. And now the beauty is if somebody wants to do something, they can do it pretty much. And fortunately, there’s a lot of people that wanted to do it. And then the problem is people’s schedules and getting a bunch of people and trying to find everybody’s schedule that works out to get them in the studio at the same time.

“A lot of people had to do a lot of — we call it ‘pretzel’, twisting and changing schedules and this and that, which makes it even more appreciative that it happened because it isn’t easy. And the more people you have, the harder it is and stuff. So it’s just something that, yeah, like I said, I never would expect something like that to happen. And everybody just really went out of their way to make it as smooth as possible. And I think also, the other thing is, for me I don’t understand Portuguese or whatever, but when I listen to it, you could you tell each person’s kind of individuality or whatever and their distinctiveness, but it all works together. And I know sometimes when I’ve heard projects or whatever with different people, it doesn’t sound right, it doesn’t fit. And for me, I hear that and I go, this sounds amazing to me. It sounds really, really exciting and energetic. I love it.”