Highly Suspect Gets Candid About Heartbreak on 'Little One': Listen

Bob Good
Highly Suspect

After releasing multiple EPs and their debut full-length album, and receiving two Grammy nods, Highly Suspect remains unapologetic and fearless as they prepare for the follow-up album to their 2015 project Mister Asylum. The upcoming The Boy Who Died Wolf is a candid account based on real life experiences the band faced since the recording the last album, ranging a friend’s death and heartbreaks -- the central theme behind Highly Suspect's newest single "Little One" which premiered today (Oct. 28).

The first single off TBWDW was the infectious “My Name Is Human”, which layers dark synths along the cinematic production. “Little One” follows suit with a production that is less dark and a little bit more “upbeat," the word frontman Johnny Stevens frequently used to describe the new album’s vibe.

“It’s a little bit more of an upbeat tone throughout the album," Stevens tells Billboard over the phone. “Hey, little one, I'm so scared of what this could have been/ I know that today I lost my only friend,” he belts over the track, which recalls a moment in Stevens’ life where he “fell madly in love” with a girl he met, but sabotaged the relationship. “You want to have love but you’re so wrapped up in what it is you’re doing,” he continues. “It’s a f—king heartbreak song, but a very real one and it’s very close to my heart.”

Highly Suspect is currently on tour and have been playing “Little One” at their shows for a year. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive”, Stevens admits. “Everyone knew the words to the song at the show before we put it out. I think people really enjoy it, a lot.”

Listen to Highly Suspect’s anthemic love song below.