As many bands do – to a greater or lesser extent – Highly Suspect started out as a cover band – accounting for the down-tempo, brooding, rendition of Real Life’s Send Me An Angel – which probably goes a long way towards explaining why their music often brings other bands to mind. Yet despite this, the group always manages to maintain a distinctiveness that prevents them from sounding like a mere facsimile of others; they exist in the strange littoral between being a genre-band and being something almost new. Viper Strike sees the group use wry humour to go political with lines like “guns don’t kill people/white people kill black people/with guns” and “Jesus wasn’t even white on his whitest day”, and the song is certain to anger some of the complacently conservative elements of the public.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 5th December 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.

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