Highly Suspect Go Retro on New Song, ‘Summertime Voodoo’


Highly Suspect band shot. Highly Suspect have announced a new album, "As Above, So Below," out July 19. They've also released a new song, "Summertime Voodoo."

Highly Suspect have a new song out, ‘Summertime Voodoo’ – Author Cat Badra, Photo via Jimmy Fontaine

It’s been a while since we’ve heard new stuff from Highly Suspect, but the hard rock band is back with a new album. Their upcoming set, “As Above, So Below,” will hit stores and streaming services in it entirety July 19. To promote the new tunes, the band has also announced a short summer 2024 U.S. tour in select major markets. They’ve also released a new song, “Summertime Voodoo.”

Highly Suspect, ‘Summertime Voodoo’

So, the new album news is big, but along with the album details, Highly Suspect have also released a new song, “Summertime Voodoo.” If it’s indicative of their album up ahead, you can expect a more straight-ahead, classic rock sound than on their previous material, which was more electronic. The new song is called “Summertime Voodoo,” and that’s also the name of their upcoming tour. “Summertime Voodoo” offers a more classic Highly Suspect style, with a strong psychedelic and stoner rock vibe. It’s not too different from bands such as Queens of the Stone Age or even Kyuss, but with more commercial appeal.

“Summertime Voodoo” also comes with a new music video, with features desert motorcycle footage and some very picturesque shots.

“If my life is a book, then this album is the first chapter that truly addresses the central conflict,” frontman Johnny Stevens said in a press release regarding the new album. “The recognition of an ego, the problems its caused — and the birth of its death. ‘As Above, So Below.’ If I’m being real, I hit rock bottom again. After another close call with death, I feel wide awake. I don’t know how the book ends yet, but I’m very engaged in the plot now. I’d rather it not end at all.”

As for the upcoming tour, Highly Suspect will hit a handful of U.S. cities beginning on July 24 in Memphis, Tennessee, and closing out with an Aug. 2 show in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Other stops include Detroit and Flint, Michigan; St. Louis; and Chicago. A Live Nation ticket pre-sale for the trek begins Thursday (May 16) at 10 a.m. local venue time using the code SOUNDCHECK. General ticket sales kick off Friday (May 17) at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster. In addition to the headlining run, Highly Suspect also have some choice festival dates this summer and fall, including at Louder than Life and Aftershock.

Fans are able to pre-save “As Above, So Below” before its release at this location. Stream “Summertime Voodoo” below, plus find the new album’s track list and the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Highly Suspect, ‘As Above, So Below’ Track List:

01. Summertime Voodoo
02. Suicide Machine
03. The Blue-Eyed Devil
04. Mexico
05. Plastic Boxes
06. Melatonia
07. The Reset
08. Run for Your Death (More Pills)
09. Champagne at Our Funeral
10. The 8th of October (To August 17th)
11. Then, Mickey 2

Highly Suspect 2024 Tour Dates:

07/24 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
07/25 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
07/26 – Chicago, IL @ Outset
07/27 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
07/29 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
08/01 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
08/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/26 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
10/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock

Cat Badra
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