Highly Suspect

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Highly Suspect
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Frontman Johnny Stevens (right) and bass player Rich Meyer (left)
Background information
Origin Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2009–present
Labels

300

Atlantic Records
Website highlysuspect.net
Members
  • Johnny Stevens
  • Rich Meyer
  • Ryan Meyer

Highly Suspect is an American rock trio from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band was founded by twin brothers Rich (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums, backing vocals) and their best friend Johnny Stevens (guitar, lead vocals). After starting as a bar cover band, they relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where they recorded The Worst Humans EP with producer Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Plastic Ono Band, The Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan). 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]

History[edit]

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.[6] They attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.[7]

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.[7] The music video for the song "Lydia" premiered on MTV.com on June 25, 2015.[8]

Their first studio album[9][10] 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.[11]

Highly Suspect was selected for iTunes' 2015 New Artist Spotlight by its editors.[12] 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-present)[edit]

Their second studio album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, was released November 18, 2016.[13] The band released the single "My Name Is Human" on September 7, 2016.[14] 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.[15]

On July 16, 2017, they announced they were recording their third studio album.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
US Alt.
[17]
US Dig.
[18]
US Hard
[19]
US Rock
[20]
US Sales
[21]
NZ
[22]
Mister Asylum 56 9 2 7 23
The Boy Who Died Wolf
  • Released: November 18, 2016
  • Label: 300
  • Formats: CD, digital download
28 1 8 2 2 16 10

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Highly Suspect (2011)

EPs[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Main.
[23]
US Alt.
[24]
US Rock
[25]
US Air.
[26]
NZ
[27]
"Lydia" 2015 4 24 26 14 Mister Asylum
"Bloodfeather" 5 37 21
"My Name Is Human" 2016 1 20 12 7 [A] The Boy Who Died Wolf
"Little One" 2017 2 26 21 12

Notes

  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.

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album Link
2012 "Bath Salts" Jamie Northrup Mister Asylum [29]
2015 "Lydia" TS&R [30]
2016 "Bloodfeather" [31]
"Serotonia" Johnny Stevens The Boy Who Died Wolf [32]
2017 "My Name Is Human" Marc Klasfeld [33]
"Little One" Djay Brawner & Johnny Stevens [34]

Band members[edit]

  • Johnny Stevens – lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer, piano
  • Ryan Meyer – drums, vocals
  • Rich Meyer – bass, vocals

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Title Award Result Ref
2016 58th Annual Grammy Awards "Lydia" Best Rock Song Nominated [35]
Mister Asylum Best Rock Album Nominated
2017 59th Annual Grammy Awards "My Name Is Human" Best Rock Song Nominated [36]
Alternative Press Music Awards Highly Suspect Best Hard Rock Artist Nominated [37]
"Bloodfeather" Best Music Video Nominated
2018 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Highly Suspect Rock Artist of the Year Nominated [38]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Weiner, Natalie (2015-06-01). "Highly Suspect Debuts Grungy New Track". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Grammy Nominations Announced; Included Slipknot, Sevendust, Highly Suspect and Ghost". WQLZ. 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  4. ^ Vain, Madison. "Highly Suspect Detail Second Album, 'The Boy Who Died Wolf' -- exclusive". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6531923/highly-suspect/chart?f=376
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  7. ^ a b Miller, Jay N. (2015-03-04). "MUSIC SCENE: Highly Suspect Revel in the Growing Buzz". Enterprise News. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 
  8. ^ "Artist Spotlight: Highly Suspect". MTV. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 
  9. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know Now". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Childers, Chad. "Highly Suspect Reveal 'The Boy Who Died Wolf' Album Details". Loudwire. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 2015-07-27. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Highly Suspect on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  13. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Boy Who Died Wolf - Highly Suspect | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  14. ^ Vain, Madison. "Highly Suspect Detail Second Album, 'The Boy Who Died Wolf' -- exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Grammys 2017: Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West Lead Nominees". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
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  17. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Digital Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Top Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  22. ^ nztop40.co.nz https://nztop40.co.nz/index.php/chart/albums?chart=4297. Retrieved April 4, 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  24. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Highly Suspect – Chart History – Rock Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  27. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 19, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
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  29. ^ "Highly Suspect – Bath Salts (Official Video)". YouTube. August 23, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Highly Suspect – Lydia (Official Video)". YouTube. June 26, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Highly Suspect – Bloodfeather (Official Video)". YouTube. March 19, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Highly Suspect – Serotonia (Official Music Video)". YouTube. February 29, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Highly Suspect – My Name Is Human (Official Video)". YouTube. February 23, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Highly Suspect – Little One (Official Video)". YouTube. April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
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