You may have been to that party—the one where a guy plastered in ink showed up on a motorcycle with a guitar slung around his back. You probably either rolled your eyes and raised your fists, or asked, “Who is that?” When it comes to Brooklyn rock trio Highly Suspect, all three members
Johnny Stevens, (guitars and lead vocals) and twins, Rich, (bass/vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums) are that guy. The trio have played 800 shows in six years, having supported bands like My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear, and, as the day's opener no less, have drawn the biggest audience to-date to the Lollapalooza BMI Stage. They've also raged in all of your basements.
The boys moved in together after high school in 2006 and would share a few years, a few fist fights, and more than a few drug and alcohol fueled parties, before they even knew that they had started a band. "Playing music together was just something we did when we were fucked up, or if there were girls over, or if it was raining out. It is cold in the Northeast," says Johnny. But it wouldn't take long for them to realize that they had accidentally created the very foundation of what would eventually become the band. Once they noticed just how many people could identify with the energy they produced and the lyrics they were sharing, there was no other option than to take it on the road.
The second these guys get on stage, you discover that their burnt out cigarettes, leather jackets, and well traveled boots aren't a front. You'll hear their raspy vocals, amped-up guitar chords and ambitious rhythms blending so uniquely with cocaine-covered lyrics telling you the true story of three guys who know what it means to go hungry.