Highly Suspect's "The Boy Who Died Wolf" Keeps Rock Alive
When a new band takes the attitude of saying what's exactly on your mind, no matter how taboo it may be, and a sound of loud, catchy garage rock people will start to take notice. Highly Suspect have a new album out 11/18 and it deserves to be listened to.
The Boy Who Died Wolf is artistic, dynamic, risky, real, and everything in between. The trio that is Highly Suspect did a lot of out of the box thinking for this album. If you recall the music masterminds got a Grammy nomination for best rock song for a track off of their debut Mister Asylum, which also was nominated for best rock album, so inventive thinking is ingrained in the brains of Johnny Stevens, Rich Meyer, and Ryan Meyer.
Songs such as "Look Alive, Stay Alive" and "Send Me An Angel" are both tracks of a man on the edge of breakdown but expressed in two opposite ways. "Look Alive, Stay Alive" is one substance-enticing, fast-paced anthem of carelessness while "Send Me Angel" tells the story of a character begging for a change.
The main aspect of a song is normally considered the lyrics. They are the gateway to tell a story that can be connected with by a listener or allow the listener to picture a scenario separately outside of oneself. "Serotonia" and "Chicago" are prime examples of tracks contains overwhelmingly unique and clever lyrics. "Serotonia," a song that was released as a single earlier in the year, begins with the line "I wish that everyone I knew was dead so that I'd never have to pick up the phone" and features references to Audrey Hepburn, Lana Del Rey, Elizabeth Taylor, and Cary Grant. "Chicago" on the other hand is a soulful, piano ballad that handles the mishandling of love. "Why am I f****** up so bad" is the first line sung over a minor key piano part and sets the tone for the entire 4 and a half minute long song of sadness.
The Boy Who Died Wolf is an album that should be in contention for your top picks of the entire year. Each of the 11 tracks on the album are distinctive and one-of-a-kind. With that being said one could listen to these songs 20 times and then on the 21st listen you could discover some instrumental noise or feeling you didn't catch previously.
We absolutely love Highly Suspect! What do you think?