Suicide Silence guitarist Chris Garza spoke with Music Feeds (see below) about the sobering effects the 2012 death of their frontman Mitch Lucker has had on them. Lucker—who had struggled with alcohol abuse—of course passed away as a result of a motorcycle accident on Halloween, October 31st, 2012.
Garza told Music Feeds of the bands current mindset: “a lot of us pretty much have stopped partying completely, the drinking has gone down tremendously…”
“I was pretty, like, in shock with myself at like how much you can get done in an effective manner when you’re not always drunk. I’m like ‘oh shit’—you know, that’s why people stop drinking and stop doing drugs; because you get a lot done. It was nice to share that with most of my band. I think Mark, especially, he stopped a lot of stuff and Alex too and it was nice to be in a band again and us all have fun and be happy. All those positive vibes really came out in our music.”
“Unfortunately, it took one of our best friends passing for us to get our heads out of our ass, for us to really take our job seriously again. We all have positive vibes, the whole camp you know, like us, the crew, the management, the label, it’s all very positive.”
On if they ever discussed breaking up after Lucker‘s death or moving on as a new band:
“We never talked about continuing and we never talked about quitting. So it was like an unspoken thing, because with some people, a tragic happening, the last thing you want to do is like talk about it. When everybody sat down, ‘are we gonna quit?’, ‘are we gonna keep going?’ It was an unspoken thing, like, let’s just let time have its place, and let everything happen organically.
And once some time really passed and it was getting closer, it was time to start thinking. I, personally, there was sometimes I went, ‘Alright, I think it’s time to fucking hang up.’ But you know if I want to continue the band or not, you know, I have no choice. I think keeping the SS brand going and the name going keeps Mitch alive. And I think it would be completely disrespectful to Mitch and everything that he worked for if we stopped going or we changed the name, etc. etc.”
Garza also stated that Lucker‘s replacement—Eddie Hermida (formerly of All Shall Perish—didn’t audition for the band due their already established relationship with him. Hermida is the bands current frontman and handles the vocal duties on their new album, which is coming later this year on Nuclear Blast Records.
Prior to that the band will release a DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD live set of their December 2012 memorial concert they played with members of Lamb Of God, Machine Head, Soulfly and more filling in for Lucker. That set will arrive February 18th and is titled “Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show“. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Lucker‘s daughter, Kenadee.