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Interview:
Highly Suspect at Saint Andrews Hall -- Three thiings to know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Highly Suspect has enjoyed a pretty potent introduction to the music world

The hard rock trio from Cape Cod raised eyebrows by scoring two Grammy Award nominations, Best Rock Album for last year's "Mister Asylum" and Best Rock Song for the track "Lydia." It also performed during the telecast -- quite an achievement for a modestly known band on an independent label.

Rest assured the group is more well-known these days. It's stayed on the road and scored spots on major festivals such as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. And before the Grammy buzz can die down it will be releasing its second album, "The Boy Who Died Wolf," on Nov. 18, with a new single, "My Name Is Human," streaming online.

As you may (highly) suspect, things around the "Mister Asylum" group have gotten a little crazy...

Drummer Ryan Meyer -- who formed Highly Suspect during high school with twin brother and bassist Rich Meyer and guitarist Johnny Stevens -- feels that it's important that fans understand the group is no overnight success. "We've been doing this for, like, 10 years," he says. "You work so hard at something for so long and then...I wish I had a better analogy for it, but it's like (urinating) after holding it in for 20 minutes through a bumpy car ride. You finally get to (urinate), and it feels really good. That's what (success) feels like for us."

Highly Suspect did not win either of the Grammy Awards it was nominated for, but Meyer, 31, figures that may have been a blessing in disguise. "If we had won a Grammy, then we'd be in a position where if the next album doesn't win a Grammy, you're up (a) creek," Meyer explains. "But we didn't WIN the Grammy, so I think the bar isn't set too high. I think it's set just high enough to gain enough respect and attention for ('Mister Asylum'), but not so much that following it up would be impossible."

Meyer and his mates know expectations are high for "The Boy Who Died Wolf," but they're trying to take them in stride. "We don't really feel too much pressure because I'm really confident in the music," he says. "It's hard because it's your own music, but I think it shows a more mature, broader palette. I just think it's good music. You just do the best you can, and when you come back a couple years later to make another album you're hopefully better than you were two years before that, so you can be that much better.".

Highly Suspect

Saturday, Sept. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $20.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.




Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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