Larry “Link” Linkogle, who claims the titles as one of the founding father’s of Freestyle Motocross and co-founder of Metal Mulisha has joined forces with iconic action sports thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies to star in the music video “Smash It,” which hit the world today.
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“I am a huge Suicidal Tendencies fan and met them back in 1998 back when FMX first started and we had a huge impact on one another,” Linkogle said. “For the collaboration, we wanted to create a music video inspired by the adrenaline that drives the action sports and metal rock scene and bring together two separate but similar worlds.”
The band began shooting the music video in October over the course of two-days at Linkogle’s O.G. Mulisha Compound in Temecula. The video was directed by Jay Schweitzer and Mike McEntire of Powerbrand Films.
According to a news release, the project is in support of the Suicidal Tendencies X Metal Mulisha collaborative clothing collection that launched for Spring 2014 and is available now in select retailers and online.
"The music video was filmed using four RED cameras, POV angles as well as an RC helicopter to showcase the band’s signature live performance styles while Linkogle, along with several of the Metal Mulisha team riders, launched over an 18-foot ramp while simultaneously performing various freestyle motocross stunts," the news release read.
"It was such an honor and privilege to direct this exciting next level Suicidal Tendencies Metal Mulisha project; no other music videos I’ve shot before even compare,” Schweitzer said.
Linkogle, whose Freestyle Motocross accolades include holding the world record for the longest motorcycle jump, was also the youngest motorcycle rider to turn professional at age 16 and is known for building the first-ever freestyle motocross park also known as Wombat Hills in 1996, according to the news release.
The decision to collaborate with the band Suicidal Tendencies developed out of a long friendship and mutual respect for each other’s talents, the news release continued. Linkogle, along with Metal Mulisha rider Jimmy Fitzpatrick, were approached by the band earlier this year to be featured on the Suicidal Tendencies’ track “Smash It” off of their first album of new material in 13 years, coincidentally titled “13”.
“We look at the obstacles to our dreams and destroy what’s in the way and the results..."SMASH IT!” said Mike Muir, Suicidal Tendencies lead singer.
Suicidal Tendencies’ tour kicked off in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and will continue to Ventura, Calif. on December 21 before embarking on the Presistence Tour abroad in January 2014, the news release stated.
Rounding out the collaboration, a line of Metal Mulisha x Suicidal Tendencies merchandise was also developed and includes men’s and women’s t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts, available this month at www.metalmulisha.com and select retailers for a limited time.