The first single off HIGHLY SUSPECT's newest album, "MCID", and a track currently at No. 1 on Rock Radio, "16", has received a passionate, emotion-provoking music video. "16" is a song about love and heartbreak, unique to the rock scene with not a single guitar on the track. No other song has reached #1 on Rock Radio void of guitars in the last 30 years. "MCID" holds three charting positions including No. 2 on the Alternative Chart, No. 5 on Top Current Rock Albums chart, and No. 14 Top Current Albums.
The "16" music video recreates lead singer Johnny Stevens's story of his relationship that began at the age of sixteen. Visually showcasing the lyrics of first loves and instant heartbreak, the clip is relatable to more than just HIGHLY SUSPECT fans.
Johnny commented: "I'm known for having a lot to say about things, sometimes too much... this time I'm just gonna let the film and song do the talking for me. I already laid out as much pain as I can bare, no more words. Enjoy."
The lyrics describe the true story of lead singer Johnny Stevens falling in love at sixteen years old, fostering a relationship for seven years, and feeling elated when she told him she was pregnant with their baby. The song describes his instant devastation the moment of the birth when he found out that the baby wasn't his; the baby was a different race. Though a wild story, the lyrics capture the gut-wrenching feeling of first love lost, betrayal, and regret. This is a song about heartbreak in the worst way you can possibly imagine.
"MCID" was released earlier this month in the midst of HIGHLY SUSPECT's headline tour. The disc follows the band's 2016 sophomore album "The Boy Who Died Wolf" and showcases 16 songs total, including "Canals" and "Upperdrugs".
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 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.