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Punk Rock Vets Suicide Machines Now Play For "Fun"

of the Oakland Press

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After breaking up in 2006, Detroit punk rockers the Suicide Machines can now play “just for fun,” according to frontman Jason Navarro.

“I think the problem is the end of it became very negative,” the 36-year-old Berkley resident says of his falling out with guitarist Dan Lukacinsky, which effectively ended the band after 16 years and six albums — four for the Disney-owned Hollywood label. “The music even became negative and really consumed me. So I think people are surprised when they see the (band) name pop up again.”

Navarro — whose primary musical job now is fronting the band Hellmouth — says the lower pressure situation the Suicide Machines are in now allows the band to pick and choose its gigs.

“We’re playing, like, the Trumbull Squat and stuff like that, doing a lot of shows the general public would never know about,” Navarro notes. “We played the Berkley Front tavern one night, like, a year ago, and people were like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ ‘Having fun — do you remember what that is?’ ”

Despite that low-key approach, however, Navarro doesn’t rule out a Suicide Machines return to recording. In fact, the group is slated to put a song on the “Ska is Dead” compilation, and Navarro says the current lineup is “writing stuff. We’ve got three things we’re kind of messing around with, and if something good comes out, we’ll release it.

“There’s no real insanity of pressure building up on us to write anything, y’know? We can just go out and play and have a really good time and remind people who the band is. I’m OK with that.”

The Suicide Machines, Common Enemy, Still Alive and Frank White perform Friday, July 23, at Small’s, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 313-873-1117 or visit www.smallsbardetroit.com. The Suicide Machines also perform Saturday, July 24, with We Are the Union, the Bill Bondsmen, Wreak Havok! and the Code at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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