Are you a fan of Queens of the Stone Age? What about Royal Blood? Pre-“Sex on Fire” Kings of Leon? Meet Highly Suspect, out of Brooklyn, N.Y. (by way of Cape Cod). You’ll get along fine.
Founded by twins Rich and Ryan Meyer and fronted by childhood friend Johnny Stevens, the trio makes seething rock tracks born of failed relationships, getting messed up, and, on the song premiering exclusively today on EW, fractured families. Stevens sings like someone just poured lighter fluid on his Cheerios. The same might be said for the way the brothers shred and drum behind him.
“A lot of people have grown up in single parent households and when that happens, you’re likely gonna have a wide range of emotions associated with the situation,” Stevens says of the track which features lyrics like, “Hey mama, it’s me, your oldest son / You kissed me on the head and left me for dead, when I was only one.”
“As we grow we might learn to accept and forgive, realizing that people—even your own parents—are only human,” he tells EW. “For me this song is very therapeutic. I’m able to release some of that childhood pain and yet still have a positive outlook on what the future might hold. The line ‘there’s always tomorrow/ or some other day’ is the line that gives the song it’s balance and fully explains where my head is at today, while the rest of the song expresses how I felt for most of my younger years. I hope the words can help others who have endured or are currently dealing with a similar upbringing.”
“Mom” is the second single single off the group’s first full length, Mister Asylum, duo out July 17 via Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment. (They are the first rock act signed to Cohen’s imprint at Atlantic Records.) They previously shared the breakup rocker “Lydia.”
The group has been out on tour with Catfish and the Bottlemen, and previously with Scott Weiland. A list of remaining dates and festival stops is available on their Facebook page.