Highly Suspect is a rock music trio who got their start in 2009 by playing cover sets on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band was founded by twins Rich and Ryan Meyer and their best friend Johnny Stevens. They attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. After realizing that songwriting was their true passion, they relocated to Brooklyn, where they recorded The Worst Humans EP with producer Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Plastic Ono Band, The Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan). "Lydia," their first music video from Mister Asylum was premiered on MTV.com on June 25, 2015. Their first full-length album, Mister Asylum, was released on July 17, 2015.
Highly Suspect was selected for iTunes' 2015 New Artist Spotlight by its editors. They have played over 800 live shows since 2009. Their sound has been compared to Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Band of Skulls and Royal Blood.
In an interview with Enterprise News, Johnny said:
"Our style definitely has evolved," he said. "You're a product of your environment, and when we were all living on a beach, we started out with a real laidback, reggae vibe. Moving to the city, just seemed to open us up from that vibe. In New York City, when you're surrounded by bricks and buildings, and the people in Brooklyn, where we live, you have very different experiences to write about. Everything in our songs is taken from our own experiences – nothing is fabricated – so living in New York just opened up a whole lot of new possibilities."
The band toured the United States in early 2015 with well-known rock bands Deftones, Chevelle, Halestorm, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots. They have played festivals such as SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza.
On December 7, 2015, the band were nominated for two awards at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards; "Mister Asylum" is nominated for Best Rock Album and "Lydia" is nominated for Best Rock Song.