I’ve spent the past week making poorly-timed Highly Suspect jokes, but truthfully the joke was on me.
Apparently, I never got the memo about this Cape Cod hard rock trio, who were more than prepared to successfully kick off the long Memorial Day weekend festivities for the packed crowd in attendance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s pool.
It was virtually impossible not to feel the love that permeated throughout the space at the band’s Friday night show. Bodies young and old strolled around in the shallow depths of the water, enjoying the paradisiacal weather even with the sun having called it a day hours earlier.
While pre-show opener DJ Redbees kept the crowd warm, you would have to be lacking a pulse not to be adrenalized by the ambiance and the buzz (and, of course, the booze).
After a short but very spirited set by Brooklyn-based Slothrust, complete with a cover of Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time,” it was finally time for Highly Suspect to give the people what they wanted. To say they delivered would be an understatement, as they blasted through both of their hit albums, 2015’s Mister Asylum and last year’s The Boy Who Died Wolf—and the crowd chanted along in unison, from the first note to the last, exerting everything they had but not wanting it to ever end.