3x Grammy Nominated HIGHLY SUSPECT release third studio album MCID
Today 3x Grammy Award-nominated rock band Highly Suspect release their long awaited third album MCID via 300 Entertainment. The genre-defying sixteen song LP is an experience that blends rock, rap, hip-hop, pop, heavy metal and just about everything in between and includes features from Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, Gojira, and Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves.
MCID is a family meeting and an apology from lead singer Johnny Stevens whose lyrics demand accountability from himself and urge him to be more honest to conquer the demons that made him who he is. The album dives head first into personal experiences and topics like paternity surprises, insecurities, heartbreak, hope, false social media worship, substance abuse, and anti-trump lyrics. Tracks “Canals” and “Silk Road” express animosity towards the political landscape through fiery sound and hard hitting lyrics. Opening track “Fly” grapples with hard hitting issues like self-realization, suicide, and trying to change with an addictive chorus ringing out “Dear Johnny be honest / You can change if you want it.”
First single off album MCID, “16,” has reached #1 on Rock Radio in the country, making this the third #1 song for Highly Suspect at #1 on Rock Radio. “16” is a song about love and heartbreak, unique to the rock scene with not a single guitar on the track. No other song has reached #1 on Rock Radio void of guitars in the last 30 years. Other notable acts to hit #1 on Rock Radio since that date include Pearl Jam, Green Day, and Soundgarden.
Highly Suspect is in the midst of their US headline tour with support from Slothrust and recently announced their 27 city North American Headlining Tourkicking off on February 1. Tickets go on sale today, November 1, at 10am local time. Highly Suspect will also be embarking on a major Global Tour in 2019 and 2020 with underplays sold out in a matter of hours. As the #41 touring band in the worldaccording to Pollstar’s Top 75 live and in the top #100 for US Shazams, Highly Suspect is turning rock music on its head.
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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 2016 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 nominationfor Best Rock Song. And now the band is releasing album three, a manifesto full of lead singer Johnny Steven’s private confessions.