Highly Suspect is a young hard-rock band from the East Coast. Band members Johnny Stevens and twin brothers Rich and Ryan Meyer were friends from high school who started playing in the Cape Cod area. They relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where they worked until they made a name for themselves.
The band has received three Grammy nominations over a two-year period. “Lydia” was nominated for Best Rock Song and the album Mister Asylum was nominated for “Best Rock Album” for the 58th Grammy Awards. “My Name Is Human” is nominated for “Best Rock Song” for the 59th Grammy Awards, being held on Feb. 12, 2017.
“Vanity” is about a rocky relationship, due to the other person’s vanity. Stevens called the song one of his favorites in an interview with Huffington Post. He commented, “Have you ever been upset with someone and maybe a little harsh, but then realize that maybe you overreacted and you find a softer, more sincere piece inside you that wants to fix a relationship? That’s what this song is about.”
9. “Mister Asylum”
The title track for the album Mister Asylum is about a past relationship. Lyric: I need her now more than ever before / Cause I've started a battle that's turned into a war
8. “For Billy”
“For Billy” was written in Bogota, Columbia after the band learned that a friend had committed suicide. Stevens told Rolling Stone, "I cried for a whole day. We had the song laid down the next day within a couple of hours. It's sad, but we wanted to put together an anthem. This dude was a wild man."
From the band’s sophomore album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, this song is their fourth single. Lyric: I'm moving on, yeah I gotta let go / Yeah, 'cause baby, I was born to rock and now I gotta roll.
A change of pace, “Chicago” is a piano ballad about Steven’s relationship with his longtime girlfriend. "Every single word of that song is true," Stevens told Rolling Stone.
This “upbeat ripper” was written for a friend who hit a low point “to cheer him up,” per Billboard. Oh, you got the weight of the world / On your shoulders tonight / It's ok, were gonna get you feeling all right.
“Serotonia” is the first single off the album The Boy Who Died Wolf. The Stevens commented to Noisey Vice that he considers Brooklyn home base, but has been spending a lot of time in California. He said, “On the surface the song is about moving to California but that's really just a metaphor. Life is changing. I'm leaving my twenties and I want to head towards the sun so to speak.”
“Bloodfeather” on the album Mister Asylum, tells the story of a man who would do anything for the woman he loves.
Highly Suspect’s first single, “Lydia,” is a bluesy anthem that was inspired by “Literally slow-motion love-at-first-sight,” Johnny Stevens told Billboard in 2015. It was nominated for “Best Rock Song” at the 58th Grammy Awards held in 2016.
1. “My Name is Human”
“My Name is Human” is nominated for the “Best Rock Song” award at the 59th Grammy Awards, being held on Feb. 12, 2017. This is the lead single on the album The Boy Who Died Wolf. It hit the top of the Billboard charts in Nov., 2016, per Billboard.