Nobody really does driving anthems theses days. Sure, there’s bands like Foo Fighters putting out Pop puff disguised as Rawk but where is the new Springsteen? Gaslight Anthem? Against Me!? Bueller??? Hopefully the UK’s Suspects can rectify this gross negligence in the current music community with “The Mental Health Act”, the title track from their forthcoming new EP. Because it’s huge. And anthem driven. And just what we all needed.
With “The Mental Health Act”, Suspects has morphed from an Indie Post-Punk prodigy melding early U2 with later Queens Of The Stone Age into bonafide arena-ready Rawkers. Maybe it’s the addition of bassist Joey Halamandres to their ranks or maybe it’s just the natural evolution of Suspects but either way, their latest is a massive change in direction signaling the now trio being on the cusp of some truly great things.
Tapping into that Gaslight Anthem aesthetic along with with a healthy dose of Social Distortion (Think White Light White Heat White Trash in particular here), Suspects have a veritable rabble rouser and soon-to-be new live favorite on their hands with “The Mental Health Act”. That’s evident the instant Thomas Prescott’s pipes belt out those first few words as his guitar echoes his determined intent and even more so when the rhythmic punch of Halamandres and James May continually pops for a driven three minutes.
“The Mental Health Act” arrives on May 14th through Cool Thing Records. Pre-save now by clicking here and stay tuned to this page here to get your Bandcamp fix. For more on Suspects, including info on their upcoming new EP, follow them on the interwebs by heading here, here, or here.