Sometimes bands seem to take two or three albums to get the ball rolling, but that is not the case with up and coming Brooklyn based band Highly Suspect. They have only released three songs from their debut album (due out July 14th) and they are already making huge waves. They found some time in their busy schedule to answer questions while en route to shoot their next music video.
MEB: I was contacted to check out your latest track “Lost,” and it’s seriously great. How has the feedback been overall?
Highly Suspect: Awwww, thanks guys. We’re really proud of that one. So far the feedback has been very positive on the song.
MEB: Your debut album is set to be released July 14th, (preorders available here) can you tell us a little about the album art?
Highly Suspect: That art is dope, right? It’s a piece by Eugenia Loli. We’re great fans of her post Winston Smith-esque work. I can’t tell anyone what the art means until the album is out and has been listened to, but it has a purpose.
MEB: Where did you record and with who? How was the experience?
Highly Suspect: We recorded the album at Studio G in Brooklyn with the genius, Joel Hamilton. He has worked with everyone from Tom Waits to the Wu Tang. He was born in our hometown. Very proud to call him a close friend.
MEB: Are there any music videos in the works for the new album?
Highly Suspect: Funny you should ask…we are sitting at BWI Airport in Maryland and headed to LA today to shoot the official video for Lydia!
MEB: You just announced some tour dates this week, is there anywhere you’re especially excited to play?
Highly Suspect: Every single time we play we get excited. Even if we aren’t excited before the show, the second we hit the first note, it’s on. Personally I lose myself and I can’t even help it. I guess I’m looking forward to playing at Webster Hall in the great city of New York. This will be the first time we play the main ballroom and not just the studio downstairs. Not that there is anything wrong with the studio…but we’re finally gonna hit the main stage June 16th.
MEB: You recently were added to Bonnaroo, do you prefer festivals or shows?
Highly Suspect: Well, I like that we get to do both…keeps it interesting. Festivals are great, but they have some drawbacks. I kind of hate playing in sunlight, nightclubs are better for that lighting game and overall vibe. But festivals are really fun because usually everyone is vibing out hard, and we get to see our friends’ bands, meet new bands, etc.
MEB: How does the music scene in Brooklyn compare to other places that you’ve played?
Highly Suspect: There are no scenes left. Every city has a lot of artists. It’s rare you find a place that the scene still exists…but Brooklyn rules because of Slothrust, Boytoy, Honduras, Dances….and us.
MEB: An interesting thing I read on your Facebook page was under “Influences” you filled in “all that is good” and under “band interests” you filled in “all that is bad”. Care to explain a little or give some examples?
Highly Suspect: I was probably fucked up when I wrote that.
MEB: What are your favorite things about touring? Least Favorite?
Highly Suspect: Favorite thing is the realtime challenges that arise. I like being engaged and sometimes if you fall into a normal life routine you’re really just sleeping. When you have to travel from city to city to city to city to town to city, you’re alive. Least favorite part is not bringing our cat. That might change soon. Miss you Pam Pam. Even though you can’t read this.
MEB: In your down time, what’s your binge-watch show of choice?
Highly Suspect: Trailer Park Boys or anything on HBO. Thanks guys!