On Thursday October 22, 2015 New York (Brooklyn) based rockers Highly Suspect landed in Reno at the Biggest Little City’s newest concert venue, Psychedelic Ballroom & Jukejoint (PB&J’s for short). Most remember it as the Underground, the new owners changed the name when they bought it.
Also on the bill were two of Reno’s best rock bands, Seasons of Insanity and in the direct support role for the headliner, Anchors For Airplanes. Attendance was pretty decent with around maybe three to four hundred ready to rock fans.
Highly Suspect is a rock music trio who got their start in 2009 by playing cover sets in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band was founded by twins Rich (bass/vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums/vocals) and their best friend, Johnny Stevens (guitar/vocals/synth).
They attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. After realizing that songwriting was their true passion, they relocated to Brooklyn, where they recorded The Worst Humans EP with producer Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Plastic Ono Band, The Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan).
Highly Suspect was selected for iTunes’ 2015 New Artist Spotlight by its editors. They have played over 800 live shows since 2009. Their sound has been compared to Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Band of Skulls and Royal Blood.
The band has been touring in support of their first full-length album “Mister Asylum” which was released on July 17, 2015 via 300 Entertainment. They have been touring with well-known rock bands such as Chevelle, Halestorm, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots. They have also played festivals such as SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza.
The guys did over a sixty minute or so set that went like this, (from the set list on stage).
“Bathsalts”, “Lost”, “23”, “Blood Feather”, “Mom”, “Round & Round”, “Vanity”, “F*ck Me Up”, “Seratonia”, “Lydia” and “Claudeland”.
These guys really tore it up and everyone there was lovin’ every minute of it. It’s quite possible many in attendance might have been there for the local bands, but all left as fans of Highly Suspect. Very impressive for sure.
Main support for the headliner went to one of this examiners favorite local bands, the always impressive Anchors For Airplanes.
Anchors For Airplanes is a heavy modern hard rock band rising out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Anchors For Airplanes is a musical force to be reckoned with in the world of modern hard rock. Since 2013 AFA has served up a very tight and polished sound packed with a hard driven vibe that is relative to giants like Sevendust and In Flames.
AFA current members include, Brandon Bianco (lead vocals), Cody Walker (guitar), Andy Hauck (guitar), Travis Ambrose (bass) and John Wooten (drums).
The band did about a thirty minute set that went like this, (also from the set list on stage).
“From June”, “As You Wish”, “S.O.B. E. R.”, “Again”, “Goodbyes Are Never Easy”, “Right Now” and “Our Precious Blood”.
This is one band I never get tired of seeing play live, they definitely get better every time they jam and never do the same set list twice in a row. Their fans agree, this band rocks and that’s why they get asked by many of the national touring bands that come to Reno to open the show for them. You don’t want to miss these guys the next time they play.
Starting the night off for this three band bill was Reno local favorite Seasons of Insanity.
Seasons of Insanity, once described as “the most American rock band west of the Mississippi”, formed in 2009 from the ashes of prominent Northern Nevada bands.
Members of the band include, lead vocalist Shane Whitecloud, drummer Rick Brenner, bass and vocalist Gus Caba, and guitarist and vocalist Jeff “Mango” Montgomery.
The band has shared the stage with national acts Sick Puppies, Puddle of Mudd, Y&T, Royal Bliss, 5 Finger Death Punch, Gemini Syndrome, Buckcherry, UFO, 10 Years, Young Guns, Saving Able, Otherwise, Red Light King, Burn Halo, Highly Suspect, Helmet, LA Guns, Drowning Pool, and many, many more.
Once a Jägermeister band for 12 years, the band proudly endorses and are sponsored by Basson Cabinets, Dirtbag Apparel, Coffin Case, and Coldcock Whiskey.
SOI also played a thirty minute set that went like this, (also from the set list on stage).
“One Night Stand”, “Unsung Hero”, “Gallon Of Homemade Wine”, “Hell Yeah”, “Wanted Man” and “Save Me”.
This examiner can’t understand just how these guys are still in Reno and at least not on a national tour with one of the many national acts that always want them to open for them when they come to town and as you already read, the list is long. They are long over due for real greatness and the true rock stardom they deserve.
All in all this was a kick-ass show, a great time was had by all.
If you haven’t been to PB&J’s yet to see one of the many shows they have, you really need to. It’s a very cool place to rock out at with just about any genre you want. To see who’s coming next, (click here).
If you want to see all the photos of Highly Suspect at this show (click here), Anchors For Airplanes (click here) or Seasons Of Insanity (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
Support your local bands and venues … Go To A Show.
Rock On .