Highly Suspect Setlist
Opening up the show was Northampton’s And The Kids. The band was only added to the bill a few days before the show (less than five days ago), as evident by the lack of their name on the show poster. According to Johnny Stevens later, he said that And The Kids was his most favorite band ever and he personally requested them on the bill.
Normally a quartet (Hannah Mohan, Rebecca Lasaponaro, Megan Miller, Taliana Katz), I believe for their live shows, they’re only trio (minus Megan Miller on keys)... as with their previous appearance in April 2016, opening up for Ra Ra Riot.
Songs on their set included several from their latest Friends Share Lovers (Signature Sounds) and based on lyrics, they are friends struggling with adolescence and adulthood (despite living in Canada, New York, Massachusetts and “sharing lovers”).
After And the Kids left the stage, DJ Redbees, kept the crowd entertained with his music choices. DJ Redbees, aka Tim Murphy, also served as kind of a hype-man for Highly Suspect, often encouraging the audience to cheer when he asked if we were excited to see the band.
It wasn’t too long before Highly Suspect took the stage to a very restless sold out audience. Any possible signs that the band was on stage were greeted with huge cheers (even for the awkward stage hand who was just trying to adjust the mic).
As we previously mentioned, we caught the band as opener in September 2015 and were impressed that more than half the audience was there for Highly Suspect.
Like their last appearance in September 2016, the band is still promoting “M.C.I.D.” with the backdrop and singer Stevens wearing clothing and hats with that slogan. The slogan stands for “my crew is dope” refers to both his touring band and his fans (who he considered is part of his crew).
Starting their set with a Real Life cover song ‘Send Me an Angel’, was really fun to hear. Of course, the majority of the 93x audience weren’t really familiar with this classic 80’s hit song. Highly Suspect’s version is slightly slowed down, that you almost didn’t know it was a cover until the chorus.
The set was a good mix of the band’s two records (Mister Asylum and The Boy Who Died Wolf), but obviously the older songs were well-received (including ‘Lost’ and ‘Lydia’).
The encore was also really solid, ending with ‘Bloodfeather’, followed by their Grammy-nominated song ‘My Name Is Human’, and ending with a satisfying ‘Look Alive, Stay Alive’.
The Boy Who Died Wolf is out now on 300 Records.
4/4 - Des Moines, IA - Wooley’s
4/6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater-
4/7 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
4/8 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
4/11 - Kansas City, MO - RecordBar
4/13 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s
4/14 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
4/18 - Huntsville, AL - Sammy T’s Music Hall
4/20 - Lexington, KY - Manchester Music Hall
4/21 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
4/22 - Cumberland, TN - Cumberland Cavern
4/25 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
4/26 - Destin, FL - Club LA
4/29 - Welcome to Rockville
4/30 - Fort Myers, FL - Fort Rock
5/4 - Washington, DC - 9:30
5/5 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion
5/9 - New Orleans, LA - Republic NOLA
5/10 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
5/12 – Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
5/18 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
5/24 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
5/25 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
5/28 - Napa, CA - Bottlerock
6/1 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
6/2 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
6/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
And The Kids
And The Kids
Highly Suspect at First Avenue, Minneapolis (31 Mar 2017)