The Suspects are Houston's original ska band... before anyone else, there were The Suspects. Come see us play in Houston and elsewhere!
The Suspects formed in Houston in early 1993 and played their first show in October of the same year. Multiracial and multicultural, The Suspects quickly became the top ska/reggae band for the high school and college crowd in the greater Houston area. The first seven-inch single was recorded in 1994 at Austin's Sweatbox Studio, and was quickly followed by a debut CD recorded at Sugar Hill Studios in Houston.
Only a month or two after the release of their first CD, lead vocalist Chris Kendrick (now fronting Houston's Igents) chose to leave the group. Tomas Escalante joined and stayed through the life of the band. Moving from a black skinhead rudeboy with a punk rock pedigree to somebody who looked like a frat-boy record store clerk in the vocalist position caused the band to lose a lot of fans, but Tomas's superior vocal abilities won over just as many.
Over the next six years The Suspects did everything a band should: they won "Song Of The Year", "Best Ska/Reggae Band", and "Best Horn Section" awards from the local music papers. They toured u...