In November of 2020, there was a fair amount of interest in a band called Suspect208. Primarily, this was because of the band members rather than the band itself. For those who are curious, Suspect208’s lineup consisted of Tye Trujillo, Noah Weiland, London Hudson, and Niko Tsangaris.
If those names sound somewhat familiar, well, there is a sound reason for that. After all, three out of the four band members are the sons of well-known figures in rock and roll. First, Tye Trujillo would be the son of Rob Trujillo. Currently, said individual is the bassist of Metallica. However, Rob Trujillo is also famous because of his time playing with Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne, and other acts. Second, Noah Weiland would be the son of Scott Weiland. Generally speaking, said individual is known because of his time as the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, which went from 1989 to 2002 and then from 2008 to 2013. Besides that, he is notable for a number of other things as well. For example, he was the frontman for the supergroup Velvet Revolver for a time. Similarly, he recorded one album with another supergroup Art of Anarchy. Third, London Hudson would be the son of Saul Hudson. Some people might be unfamiliar with that name. If so, they should know that Saul Hudson tends to be much more famous as Slash, the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses who rose to fame with the band in the late 1980s and the early 1990s.
He left the band in the mid 1990s, had a long-running feud with his band-mate Axl Rose, and has since returned to Guns N’ Roses upon the two making up with one another. As such, Niko Tsangaris was the odd man out in Suspect208, being the one band member without a famous father. Having said that, it is important to note that much of the excitement came from indications that Suspect208 would be more than just another vanity project destined to die unmourned and unremembered. Some skepticism was understandable. After all, it isn’t exactly unknown for the relatives of well-known individuals to try to capitalize on their second-hand fame with less than impressive results. However, the band members of Suspect208 showed indications of real expertise and experience. For example, Tye Trujillo has been honing his skills for years and years, as shown by his time spent with both Metallica and Suicidal Tendencies. Similarly, while Noah Weiland’s efforts have been much more low-key, he has been making music for quite some time as well. Naturally, it should come as no surprise to learn that something similar can be said for London Hudson.
If anything, he can claim the distinction of being one of the most experienced of the bunch, seeing as how he also drums for another band that had already performed in public at the time that Suspect208 was revealed. As for Niko Tsangaris, he plays in the same band as London Hudson, so he can claim much the same qualifications. Of course, there still wouldn’t have been the level of interest in Suspect208 that there was if it wasn’t for the fact that they released a debut single “Long Awaited,” which seemed to have captured a fair amount of attention. For proof, look no further than the fact that it received more than half a million hits on just YouTube in less a week. Something that is no mean accomplishment. Naturally, some of the band members proceeded to follow up on that by sharing some information with interested individuals. There was talk of how London Hudson and Niko Tsangaris were childhood friends, with the result that London Hudson then brought in both Noah Weiland and Tye Trujillo. Similarly, there was talk of them planning to create new material until they were ready for a more substantial release.
What Happened to Suspect208?
Eventually, there was a second single “All Black” that was released in December of 2020. At the time, there was still a clear statement that Suspect208 had an EP in the works. As such, there were a lot of people who expected further music to come from the band in the subsequent months. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed by what happened next. In January of 2021, London Hudson and Tye Trujillo made the announcement that they had parted ways with Noah Weiland. Apparently, the latter had gotten deeper and deeper into drug use. Something that resulted in negative consequences for himself as well as his interactions with other people. The message mentioned that Noah Weiland hadn’t been pulling his weight in the band for quite some time by that point. Furthermore, the message mentioned that he had erupted at the other band member over minor issues on more than one occasion, which is the kind of thing that tends to eat into group cohesion to say the least.
As such, the announcement also came with a statement that Suspect208 was looking for a new vocalist who could fill Noah Weiland’s shoes. Said search was successful, resulting in a new vocalist named Cody Houston. However, it seems to have been insufficient. This is because the band members of Suspect208 announced that the band had broken up in May of 2021. It was revealed that Tye Trujillo had left. Similarly, Cody Houston had also left because he apparently wanted to focus on being a father. Thanks to this, the two remaining members London Hudson and Niko Tsangaris were faced with a couple of choices. One, they could find new people for Suspect208. Two, they could start up something new. In the end, the two made a decision to start up something new because they didn’t want to further divide up the Suspect208 following by bringing in new band members. Those who are curious should know that they are now in a new project called S8nt Elektric, which has already started releasing its own music. Summed up, Suspect208 has broken up. Furthermore, it seems safe to say that it won’t be reforming. After all, the band members have left to pursue other projects. Furthermore, Suspect208 wasn’t around long enough to form the kind of following that would convince scattered band members to gather back up again.