+ On massive US Tour
+ MCID features Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, and Nothing But Thieves+ Lead single ’16’ chronicles Johnny Stevens’ paternity surprise, the baby was not his.
Highly Suspect are excited to announce their third
album, MCID, with two new singles, “16”
and “Upper Drugs“.
The project is an adventurous new chapter for Highly Suspect
and spans across rock, hip hop and pop, and includes features
from Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, Gojira, and Nothing But Thieves.
MCID is based on inconceivable true life experiences (and perceptions) narrated by frontman, Johnny Stevens. In his own words, “The themes include self loathing, substance abuse, image issues, addressing my past and changing my future, with a sprinkle of anti Trump, false social media worship, heartbreak, hope, depression and suicide. There are also a few references to the pressures of fame and how I won’t play into it.” The lead single, “16” is about a first love and a moment of instant heartbreak. The lyrics describe the true story of Johnny Stevens falling in love at sixteen years old, fostering a relationship for seven years, and feeling elated when she told him she was pregnant with their baby. The song describes his instant devastation the moment of the birth when he found out that the baby wasn’t his, the baby was a different race. Though a wild story, the lyrics capture the gut wrenching feeling of first love lost, betrayal, and regret.
MCID. This is the slogan tattooed on bodies across the
world, four letters that hold so much meaning, a mystery to anyone who is not
in the know. Highly Suspect members Johnny Stevens and twins Rich and Ryan
Meyer had not only been playing music for eight years before topping radio
charts, garnering Grammy nominations, and selling out tours- but they also had
been gradually accruing a cast of comrades that orbited their star, friends and
chosen family that would travel the world with them, move cross country with
them, and become pet parents with them. The growing community of companions
have a name, and it is MCID.
Originally from Cape Cod, the three band members played
covers in dive bars and moved to a studio apartment in Brooklyn together. In
2015, they gained national recognition after the release of their debut album
Mister Asylum on 300 Entertainment and their singles “Lydia” and “Bloodfeather”
topped the rock radio charts. The next year they performed at the Grammy
Ceremony, receiving two nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song. In
2017 the band traveled to Bogota, Colombia to record their second album, The
Boy Who Died Wolf. It was released in November 2016 and the success of
hits “Little One” and “My Name Is Human,” earned the band a third Grammy
nomination for Best Rock Song.
And now the band is ready to release album three, a
manifesto full of lead singer Johnny Steven’s private confessions, packed to
the brim with themes of self loathing, body image issues, substance abuse,
addressing his complicated past and trying to change his future. There is also
a sprinkle of his outspoken anti-Trump political stance, and stories of
heartbreak and hope. It’s not surprising that his most vulnerable collection of
songs is addressed directly to his chosen family, his followers, and his
comrades- the title of the album is MCID.
MCID is packed with surprise major hip hop features, a collaboration with the metal band Gojira, some Swahili versus, and a lead single, “Sixteen”, that is completely guitar free. The lyrics describe the true story of Stevens falling in love at sixteen years old, fostering a relationship for seven years, and feeling elated when she told him she was pregnant with their baby. The song describes his instant devastation the moment of the birth when he found out that the baby wasn’t his, the baby was a different race. Though a wild story, the lyrics capture the gut wrenching feeling of first love lost, betrayal, and regret. Other standout songs are his collaboration with Young Thug on “Tokyo Ghoul”, and “Canals” which captures his frustration with the Trump presidency, saying that his rage feels like “someone took a crack pipe, lit it with a torch light, and threw it on a gas line- there is fire everywhere”. MCID is not just the third full length project from three guys who approach the rock genre with a hip hop ethos, but it’s a family meeting and an apology from singer Johnny Stevens whose lyrics demand accountability from himself and urge him to be more honest and to conquer the demons that made him who he is.
+ 3X Grammy Nominated band for ‘Best Rock Song’ (2X) and ‘Best Rock
Over 1 Million Spotify Monthly Listeners
500K cumulative US Album sales to date and over half a billion streams across
173 Million Global Youtube Streams With over 300K Subscribers
Headlining US / EU tour dates confirmed for Sep – Dec 2019
200,000 tickets sold and festival appearances at Coachella, Reading &
Leeds, Lollapalooza, Life Is Beautiful, Bonnaroo, and many more
“The Boy Who Died Wolf” debuted at #1 Alternative, #2 Rock, and #15 Overall on
the Billboard Charts
UK Underplay Headline @ Oslo Hackney November 27th 2019
Boy Who Died Wolf debuted at #1 Alternative, #2 Rock, and #15 Overall on the
Praised by Kerrang, NME, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, FADER,
Wonderland, Vanity Fair, and more
PREVIOUS ALBUMS FROM HIGHLY SUSPECT
2015 – Mister Asylum featuring “Lydia”
– Mister Asylum nominated for Best Rock Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards
-“Lydia” nominated for Best Rock Song at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2016 – The Boy Who Died Wolf featuring “My Name Is Human”
-“My Name Is Human” nominated for Best Rock Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards