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New Music Friday: Highly Suspect and The Killers

Mar 27, 2020

By Bella Carles

Highly Suspect unveils new visuals for “These Days,” starring Tony Cavalero from HBO’s Righteous Gems, The Dirt, and School of Rock and directed by duo Rock and Egg.  The release comes in the wake of the highly anticipated album MCID. The music video takes viewers on an all too relatable journey, questioning what really is “normal,” when a family’s dinner turns into a chaotic brawl and unseemly secrets are revealed.

Tony Cavalero reflected on the video saying, “I’ve been a huge fan of Johnny and the Highly Suspect crew for years now. Their lyrics and musical stylings are both prolific and brilliant! It was such an honor and a privilege to collaborate with them on this video. I’m super grateful for Highly Suspect having me. My character represents the point of view of the “everyman,” in a situation that represents a much bigger picture. I love the juxtaposition between what is presented and what’s really happening behind the scenes. It’s that kind of hypocrisy that we’re really struggling within society right now and a topic that really plays out in The Righteous Gemstones as well. “These Days” is releasing at the ripe time where I think everyone is going to relate!”

Frontman Johnny Stevens from Highly Suspect expressed his thoughts on the video, “I have this thing where I’m too close to my art. We are (Highly Suspect) and for as long as I can remember, difficult to really collaborate with, not because I’m a snob but maybe more so out of fear.. that somehow all of the hard work I put in will get bent into a shape I don’t find aesthetically pleasing. We’re getting better at letting other people into our tight knit community. When you find someone with as much passion as you, sometimes it’s worth giving it a shot. This time that man was Tony Cavalero (Dirt, The Righteous Gemstones, School of Rock). Tony has an incredible mind and a work ethic comparable to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is also hilarious.

Highly Suspect has been touring pretty heavily but also needed to get this video done. So, we just said to ourselves, “F*ck it.. let’s give Tony the lead.” Other than writing and performing the song and lending my dog as a guest star, we have to give credit where it’s due. Tony and his team along with Lallie Jones and the team at 300 Entertainment worked really hard and put together this video that’s just incredible, and hilarious while still getting a very relevant point across. It’s really kind of mind-blowing to see other people’s take on “your work.” I had read the treatment briefly but put trust into the people actually making the video so I only got to see the final version a few days before you do. I feel just as excited as you guys because for once it’s still new to me. Usually, once I’m finished with a project, I’ve been so close to it that by the time it reaches your eyes and ears I’ve moved on. We couldn’t be happier with the video or more thankful to the people that were involved in making it come to life. It’s a shiny little distraction from how much these days really suck. Bravo Tony and all. You’ve taught me that it’s ok to trust a little more.”

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Highly Suspect released their anticipated album MCID, on the first of November in the midst of their headline tour and ongoing 27-city North American Headline Tour, and European Tour. MCID follows Highly Suspect’s 2016 sophomore album The Boy Who Died Wolf and showcases 16 songs total, including tracks “Canals,” “16” and “Upperdrugs.” which held three charting positions including being #2 on the Alternative Chart, #5 on Top Current Rock Album Chart, and #14 Top Current Albums.

The sonically integrated MCID is not just the third full-length project from three guys who approach the rock genre with a hip hop ethos, but it’s a family meeting and an apology from singer Johnny Stevens whose lyrics demand accountability from himself and urge him to be more honest to conquer the demons that made him who he is. With stories of heartbreak and hope, it’s not surprising that his most vulnerable collection of songs is addressed directly to his chosen family, his followers, and his comrades. The intensity of MCID, showcases the transparency and emotion of Highly Suspect, making it an album for the ages.

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THE KILLERS release the video for their massive new single, “Caution”, taken from the upcoming new album, Imploding The Mirage, which is set for release on May 29th via Island Records. The video is the first glimpse of a longer film the band has made with its director, Sing Lee, coming soon on Apple Music. Pre-save Imploding The Mirage here.  

Follow Brandon Flowers’s expert virus-fighting hand washing tutorial HERE.


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