This band is not the usual ‘Suspects’

This band is not the usual ‘Suspects’
Courtesy of the New Orleans Suspects

Southern rock ain’t just the Allman Brothers anymore.

The New Orleans Suspects, a supergroup featuring members of the Dirty Dozen, the Radiators and the Neville Brothers, are coming to Brooklyn Bowl on Dec. 17 — but don’t expect the same old Dixie swamp music.

“We’re kind of a hybrid of those three bands,” said bassist Reggie Scanlan. “You have some of the brass-band sound in there, some of what the Neville Brothers were doing, which is where the funk comes from, and the Radiators, who were kind of more like a jam-band, rock kind of thing.“

The Suspects’ set will feature a few originals, as well as covers from classic rock bands, like Bob Dylan and Traffic, to which they apply a distinct, New Orleans twist.

“We’ll play some straight rock songs, but we give them that New Orleans second-line feel,” said Scanlan. “It’s kind of what they call the basic beat-down here, the second-line beat, and if you grew up in New Orleans playing, you give your music that kind of twist, like if you grew up in Havana everything would have a mamba beat.”

The musicians have decades of experience to draw on, but the true secret of their allure is that enigmatic quality, which few bands achieve — chemistry.

“We started out as kind of a pick up band and there was a certain chemistry that was undeniable,” said pianist CR Gruver. “The guitar player, Jake Eckert, and I have sort of this unspoken connection, and Reggie and [drummer] Willie [Green], you add them to the mix and we just had this sound that was effortless. It was really easy, and not something we had planned on.”

The Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369]. Dec. 17, 8 pm, $12 ($10 in advance). For info, visit www.brooklynbowl.com.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at [email protected] or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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