Suicidal Tendencies in Valparaiso

Last Friday was my first concert in Valparaiso, and I got to see Suicidal Tendencies (ST), a pioneer band in punk/ hardcore/ thrash/metal or ”crossover metal”. They are currently on tour promoting their new album ‘’13’’ and filming their shows for an upcoming video. This is what you missed if you unfortunately did not make it to the Valparaiso show (they also had one the following day in Santiago).
1. When they say 21 and over, they mean way over 
The last time I saw ST was at Battle of Santiago in 2010, and you saw a couple old heads but, I was surprised to see a sizable turnout of older gentlemen and women (I mean like late 30s and 40s) in Valparaiso, and they weren’t just there standing off to the side either! ST made their commercial debut in 1983, so it’s really no wonder. #hardcoreforlife m/
2. Bandannas, Plaid Shirts and Dickies 
Judging from the line outside of the bar, you could instantly deduce that these were ST fans – rocking their bandannas low, plaid shirts, Dickies and pretty much looking like a cross between an L.A. Mexican cholo, punk and skater. I not hating though, ST added a different touch to their genre not only in terms of their music, but their attire. Their fans always proudly represent.

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(Photo: Jonnathan Oyarzun)

3. Small venue and crazy energy 
I saw them at Ele Bar in Valparaíso, a much smaller venue than Club Kmasu in Santiago, and it had some really crazy yet positive energy throughout the whole place. The vocalist and only original band member, Mike Muir, looked like he was about to explode with energy and, not surprisingly, got the whole crowd moving as soon as they hit the stage with their classic, ”You Can’t Bring Me Down”. Of course there was a lot of ST chanting as well…my ears were ringing for days with, ”ST, ST, ST, ST!”It was like seeing you favorite local band with only their hardcore fans present. Aside from actual filming, I honestly felt like it was one of those filmworthy concerts – people were hanging off and crowd-surfing from the balcony, the there was a lot of energy and the band was pretty interactive with the crowd.
 4. As they say, “when in Chile, there will be a riot”
As you can see from this comment, there almost was a ‘’riot’’, and I have to mention that this is the third time I’ve been in a similar situation in Chile. We were suffocated with what I originally had thought was the concentration of smoke in such a small venue, but as soon as I saw a group of Chileans scatter for the door and the balcony and upon exiting saw the door had been kicked in, I had to second guess myself.From what I’ve gathered, some people tried to get in without paying, and, for some reason, they thought it was a good idea to use a fire extinguisher in the process. Go figure.
 5. Wall of Death 
This is usually a plus at shows, it’s when the crowd splits apart and run into each other breaking out in more moshing. I particularly enjoy watching a bunch of guys run into each other at full force to commence a great song. Taking it back to the old school, as the guitarist, Nico Santora put it. I couldn’t see it from where I was standing, but always a good initiative. I have a feeling Chileans didn’t understand what Nico was saying.
6. Great Set list

Need I say more?

This is an extra, for those of you who speak Spanish as well:
 42 Frases Típicas de los Conciertos

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