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Highly Suspect is an incendiary Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn via Cape Cod trio comprised of Johnny Stevens (guitars/vocals), Rich Meyer (bass/vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums/vocals). The band released its acclaimed debut album, Mister Asylum in the summer of 2015 and follows it up with dynamic sophomore set, The Boy Who Died Wolf, which climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and features the Grammy-nominated single "My Name Is Human."
Recorded in Bogotá, Colombia with Mister Asylum producer Joel Hamilton (The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), the feeling of celebration infuses The Boy Who Died Wolf, while still heading into haunted regions of Stevens' past, lingering somewhere between the metronomic robot metal of Queens of the Stone Age, the bluesy wallop of Jack White and the feedback-shrieking noise-pop of In Utero-era Nirvana.
The upbeat vibe begins to show its face lyrically in "My Name Is Human" and then appears full force on the blazing desert-rock dynamite of "Postres," but takes a back seat in their dreamy cover of Real Life's 1983 new wave swooner "Send Me an Angel" and on the anthemic "Little One" which reminds us all of the hopeless, lovelorn pangs that most have undoubtedly felt in the pit of their guts somewhere along the lines. But even the more serious songs are steeped in an unrelenting optimism. A great friend of theirs took his own life while the band were in Colombia, to which they responded with "For Billy," a beaming post-grunge burst.