Highly Suspect: "Basically every guitar we use onstage is something we've built!"

Rich Meyer and Jonny Stevens of Highly Suspect
(Image credit: Josh Brasted/FilmMagic)

After a decade of near-constant moving, Highly Suspect find themselves, in step with the rest of the world, on enforced pause. Guitarist/vocalist Johnny Stevens and bassist Rich Meyer are both at home, enjoying the break they’ve been given - despite the obvious downsides - due to lockdowns in their respective home cities of New York and LA. 

It’s a good point then to take stock and reflect on a history that has taken them from Cape Cod covers act and local heroes to international crossover success as a genre-bending rock group responsible for hits like Lydia and My Name Is Human. The enduring friendship - between the motormouthed Johnny and considerably more laidback Rich - has always been at the core of that journey.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.