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Suspect Raptor

Athens, Georgia, United States | SELF

Athens, Georgia, United States | SELF
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"Talent on the Horizon: Suspect Raptor"

"If you're looking for 90s grunge set off by a talented frontwoman, Suspect Raptor has a place on your playlist.

Suspect Raptor is a four-piece indie grunge band led by frontwoman Ashton May. Their style is reminiscent of '90s throwback garage rock, and they even boast some of the sex appeal of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The guitars are melancholic and subdued and often spazz out in a fuzzy blast of noise. But it is May's vocals that set this band apart from all other Athens bands. Her voice is precise and controlled, switching between a melodic croon and a punky snarl on any given track. Songs such as "Like You Care" showcase this balance of rough and soft with its light vocal ohs and sudden, raw chorus..." - Ampersand Magazine, The Univeristy of Georgia, March 2012


"Talent on the Horizon: Suspect Raptor"

"If you're looking for 90s grunge set off by a talented frontwoman, Suspect Raptor has a place on your playlist.

Suspect Raptor is a four-piece indie grunge band led by frontwoman Ashton May. Their style is reminiscent of '90s throwback garage rock, and they even boast some of the sex appeal of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The guitars are melancholic and subdued and often spazz out in a fuzzy blast of noise. But it is May's vocals that set this band apart from all other Athens bands. Her voice is precise and controlled, switching between a melodic croon and a punky snarl on any given track. Songs such as "Like You Care" showcase this balance of rough and soft with its light vocal ohs and sudden, raw chorus..." - Ampersand Magazine, The Univeristy of Georgia, March 2012


"Meet Suspect Raptor"

Meet Suspect Raptor, a lo-fi indie rock band of non-dinosaurs out of Georgia.
These four play grunge-y rock that hints at queercore’s past. Suspect Raptor’s music is mostly slow and controlled, with a good amount of groove, especially for an indie band. That mostly is thanks to bass player Leo Charles, who gives a slight reggae/ska vibe to songs like “Charlene” and “Sandlot” that otherwise have straight forward drums parts and contrasting crunchy/twangy electric guitar. Vocalist Ashton May sings beautifully, and her reverb laden voice is powerful, and seems to haunt over the music. Her best work is over the simple guitar and vocal “Ghost in Hand,” and that slow, understated track may be their best so far. Suspect Raptor is relatively new, but they’ve already seemed to really settle into a great sound, and they are very much deserving of your attention." - fyeahqueermusic


"IMR Magazine, Pre-Festival Party"

IMR Magazine, the internet's fastest growing indie music website, is throwing it's first ever pre-festival shindig featuring three of Atlanta's best indie artists and special guests, Suspect Raptor, coming all the way from Athens, GA. This night will be in celebration of our upcoming festival, The 2012 IMR Music Festival taking place at The Five Spot in Atlanta, GA on April 27th & 28th, 2012. For more details on that event, please visit the festival website at http://www.imrmusicfestival.com. At the IMR Music Festival, there will be twenty-five awesome indie bands for only $10.00. You can't find that anywhere in the SouthEast! - Indie Music Reviewer


"IMR Magazine, Pre-Festival Party"

IMR Magazine, the internet's fastest growing indie music website, is throwing it's first ever pre-festival shindig featuring three of Atlanta's best indie artists and special guests, Suspect Raptor, coming all the way from Athens, GA. This night will be in celebration of our upcoming festival, The 2012 IMR Music Festival taking place at The Five Spot in Atlanta, GA on April 27th & 28th, 2012. For more details on that event, please visit the festival website at http://www.imrmusicfestival.com. At the IMR Music Festival, there will be twenty-five awesome indie bands for only $10.00. You can't find that anywhere in the SouthEast! - Indie Music Reviewer


"Threats and Promises- February 1, 2012"

Suspect Raptor released a new video for its track "Ellen Page" a couple of weeks ago. It's a perfectly lovely song colored 100 percent with 1990s indie-pop overtones. See it at www.youtube.com/SuspectRaptor - The Flagpole


"Upstart Roundup: Suspect Raptor"

Since Ashton May took over lead vocal duties in February, Suspect Raptor says the band has changed directions, with a "lighter, punkier and more upbeat" sound. This group specializes in '90s nostalgia, drawing from both indie and alternative rock acts of the decade. But May...has a sultry, smoky sort of voice that, if the band ever had any jazzy inclinations, could probably handle the standards with ease.
- Flagpole


"Episode #45, featuring Suspect Raptor"

ep#45: Monitors, Night Call, Suspect Raptor, The Di Prima Project
- Homoground


"Meet Suspect Raptor"

Meet Suspect Raptor, a lo-fi indie rock band of non-dinosaurs out of Georgia.
These four play grunge-y rock that hints at queercore’s past. Suspect Raptor’s music is mostly slow and controlled, with a good amount of groove, especially for an indie band. That mostly is thanks to bass player Leo Charles, who gives a slight reggae/ska vibe to songs like “Charlene” and “Sandlot” that otherwise have straight forward drums parts and contrasting crunchy/twangy electric guitar. Vocalist Ashton May sings beautifully, and her reverb laden voice is powerful, and seems to haunt over the music. Her best work is over the simple guitar and vocal “Ghost in Hand,” and that slow, understated track may be their best so far. Suspect Raptor is relatively new, but they’ve already seemed to really settle into a great sound, and they are very much deserving of your attention.
Check ‘em out:
http://suspectraptor.tumblr.com/
http://www.facebook.com/SuspectRaptor - fyeahqueermusic


Discography

We are currently finishing our first album, Ghost in Hand.

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Bio

Suspect Raptor started with Adriana Star, Leo Charles, Airis Broughton, and L. Hicks, the original vocalist. They spent a year or two writing and developing their sound--an interesting mix of grunge and indie rock. Ashton May took over as the vocalist in February 2011. This took the band in a new direction as the band's sound became a bit lighter, punkier, and more upbeat. Iron Meng joined in late 2012, adding the finishing touches the band needed to grow musically. The group is currently finishing their debut album, Ghost in Hand, and trying to steadily gain listeners and fans in Athens/Atlanta/and beyond with their unique brand of 90s nostalgia.