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Highly Suspect is an American rock band from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band consists of twin brothers Rich (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums, backing vocals), Johnny Stevens (guitar, lead vocals), and Matt Kofos (guitar, backing vocals).[1] After starting as a bar cover band, they relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where they recorded The Worst Humans EP with producer Joel Hamilton. The band's first studio album, Mister Asylum, was released on July 17, 2015,[2] earning Highly Suspect a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The song "Lydia" was also nominated for Best Rock Song.[3] Their second studio album,[4] The Boy Who Died Wolf, was released on November 18, 2016. Two singles have been released from the album, "My Name Is Human", which topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and "Little One", which peaked at number 2 on the same chart.[5] Highly Suspect's third studio album, MCID, will be released on November 1, 2019.[6]

Highly Suspect
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Frontman Johnny Stevens (right) and bass player Rich Meyer (left)
Background information
OriginCape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Years active2009–present
Labels
Websitehighlysuspect.net
Members
  • Johnny Stevens
  • Rich Meyer
  • Ryan Meyer
  • Matt Kofos

Contents

HistoryEdit

Formation and Mister Asylum (2009–2015)Edit

Highly Suspect got their start in 2009 as a cover band playing songs by Sublime, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd in local bars in the Cape Cod area, such as the British Beer Company, J.R Brody's Roadside Tavern, and Sundancers, also touring and playing a limited number of shows with bands 10 Years, Monster Truck and Sevendust.[7] They attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.[8]

First Offense was Highly Suspect's first EP, released on July 15, 2009. The EP consists of "Life's a Fun Ride", "Not Me", and "Smile On", their first written and recorded songs after making the switch from a cover band ("Not Me" would later appear on the self-titled album Highly Suspect).

The Gang Lion EP was the band's second EP, released on October 3, 2010. It consists of "Gang Lion", "Big Bear", and "Then Mickey", all of which would later appear on their self-titled album, Highly Suspect.

The Worst Humans was the band's third EP, released July 13, 2012. The EP featured the songs "Bath Salts", "Gumshoe" and "The Go". The recordings were available for both physical purchase and digital download on Bandcamp.

The band's fourth EP, Black Ocean, was released in October 2013. It featured two tracks from their debut release as well as three new tracks, "Fuck Me Up", "Lydia", and "Guess What". This release was jointly produced by Joel Hamilton and Joe Duplantier of Gojira.

Their self-titled compilation album Highly Suspect was released in 2011. It contains fourteen tracks, consisting of several new songs as well as previously released but re-recorded songs, like "Gang Lion" and "Then Mickey".

The band toured the United States in early 2015 with Deftones, Chevelle, Halestorm, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.[8] The music video for the song "Lydia" premiered on MTV.com on June 25, 2015.[9]

Their first studio album[10][11] Mister Asylum was released on July 17, 2015, via 300 Entertainment.[2] The first single from the album, titled "Lydia", peaked at number 4 on the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart and at number 24 on the US Alternative Songs chart. On July 24, 2015, the album debuted at number 39 on the New Zealand Albums Chart.[12]

Highly Suspect was selected for iTunes' 2015 New Artist Spotlight by its editors.[13] In November the band released their second single "Bloodfeather", which peaked at number 5 on the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

The Boy Who Died Wolf (2016–2017)Edit

Their second studio album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, was released November 18, 2016.[14] The band released the single "My Name Is Human" on September 7, 2016.[15] A second single, "Little One", was released on April 26, 2017. On December 6, it was announced that "My Name Is Human" was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.[16]

MCID (2018–present)Edit

On November 26, 2018, lead vocalist Johnny Stevens released a raw teaser of one of the songs that will appear on the album, codenamed "Teddy Bear".[17] Production for Highly Suspect's third album began on February 25, 2019.[18]

Later that year in July, Stevens and the rest of the band changed their profile pictures to black. This was followed by an announcement on their social media that their third album, posthumously dubbed “HS4”, is slated for release in 2019 with support from a tour.[19] The first tracks for the album will drop August 16th.[20] Stevens posted a teaser for one of the tracks on the album on July 24, 2019.[21]

On August 15, 2019, the band announced the album was officially named MCID. Preorders and presaves were offered on August 16, the same day two singles—“16” and “Upperdrugs”—were released.[22]

Band membersEdit

  • Johnny Stevens – lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer, piano (2009–present)
  • Ryan Meyer – drums, vocals (2009–present)
  • Rich Meyer – bass, vocals (2009–present)
  • Matt Kofos – guitar, vocals (2019–present)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[23]
US Alt.
[24]
US Dig.
[25]
US Hard
[26]
US Rock
[27]
US Sales
[28]
NZ
[29]
Mister Asylum 56 9 2 7 23 39
The Boy Who Died Wolf
  • Released: November 18, 2016
  • Label: 300
  • Formats: CD, digital download
28 1 8 2 2 16 10
MCID
  • Release date: November 1, 2019[30]
  • Label: 300, Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
To be released

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Highly Suspect (2011)

EPsEdit

  • First Offense (2009)
  • The Gang Lion EP (2010)
  • The Worst Humans (2012)
  • Black Ocean (2013)

SinglesEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Air.
[31]
US Alt.
[32]
US Main.
[33]
US Rock
[34]
CAN Rock
[35]
NZ
[36]
"Lydia" 2015 14 24 4 26 Mister Asylum
"Bloodfeather" 21 37 5
"My Name Is Human" 2016 7 20 1 12 17 [A] The Boy Who Died Wolf
"Little One" 2017 12 26 2 21 29
"16" 2019 MCID

Music VideosEdit

Year Title Director(s) Album Link
2012 "Gang Lion" Nate Severdija Highly Suspect [38]
"Bath Salts" Jamie Northrup The Worst Humans [39]
2015 "Lydia" TS&R Mister Asylum [40]
2016 "Bloodfeather" [41]
"Serotonia" Johnny Stevens The Boy Who Died Wolf [42]
2017 "My Name Is Human" Marc Klasfeld [43]
"Little One" Djay Brawner & Johnny Stevens [44]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Title Award Result Ref
2016 58th Annual Grammy Awards "Lydia" Best Rock Song Nominated [45]
Mister Asylum Best Rock Album Nominated
2017 59th Annual Grammy Awards "My Name Is Human" Best Rock Song Nominated [46]
Alternative Press Music Awards Highly Suspect Best Hard Rock Artist Nominated [47]
"Bloodfeather" Best Music Video Nominated
2018 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Highly Suspect Rock Artist of the Year Nominated [48]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "My Name Is Human" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number seven on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.

ReferencesEdit

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