Highly Suspect: The Two-Time Grammy-Losing Band Bringing Back 90s Rock

The past few years have seen a resurgence of the 90’s. From fashion to politics to TV show revivals, there’s no shortage of nostalgia and influence from the decade, and music is no exception.

The Brooklyn-based rock trio with Cape Cod roots, Highly Suspect, comprises lead singer and guitarist, Johnny Stevens (center), and twin brothers, bassist Rich Meyer (left), and drummer Ryan Meyer (right).


From left: Rich Meyer, Johnny Stevens, and Ryan Meyer

Highly Suspect’s Instagram bio states: “Double Grammy Loserzz.”

It may seem counterintuitive to advertise a loss, rather than celebrate a nomination, but for Stevens and the Meyer twins, just being nominated was a complete shock, not only to those in the industry, but to themselves as well.

Highly Suspect started performing covers in Cape Cod in 2009, released a few EPs, and moved to Brooklyn. Even though they had been playing together for eight years, it seemed as if the band achieved instant success when their debut album, Mister Asylum, landed two 2016 Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song, “Lydia.”

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17 Books to Read in 2017 (Before They Become Movies)

1. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden-Figures-Margot-Lee-Shetterly.jpgMovie Release Date: January 6, 2017


Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan  Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson  and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future. (Amazon)



Read it, and read it fast. The film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, hits theaters January 6th.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


Show Release Date: January 13, 2017

The Netflix Original Series will be off to a bad beginning with eight episodes. Due to the popularity of the books, and Netflix’s success with original content, expect more episodes in the future.

Neil Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf.


A very unfortunate tale of miserable orphans that you, dear reader, should not read. It would behoove you to do something more pleasant with your time, such as frolicking in a field of flowers. However, if you do not heed this advice and read anyway, you will discover the story of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, three siblings who were left orphans after a tragic fire killed both their parents. The series of thirteen unlucky books follows the children’s misfortunes and their attempts to avoid Count Olaf as he calculates various ways to steal the fortune they inherited.

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