Usual Suspects is the second single released from the band's fourth album, Day of the Dead.
J-Dog described the track as the most "old-school song" on the album. He went on to state, "It sounds like an old Suicidal Tendencies-type of song mixed with Hollywood Undead. We all grew up listening to things like Suicidal. As far as sound-wise, it was one of the more old school songs we've done. Some of the other songs are more dance-y, and this is straight up metal, punk rock. Subject matter and song-wise, it's how the band started. Like you said, we still tend to find ourselves doing the same shit years later."
J-Dog also spoke about the inspiration behind the writing of the song. "We were in the studio drinking as usual. We were next to 7/11, so we were getting Big Gulp cups of ice filled with champagne and orange juice. We were literally walking around Sunset Boulevard with mimosas essentially, but people would look and think it was orange juice. We were getting shitfaced. We started writing lyrics about the Sunset Strip because that's where we were recording. Johnny was getting weird talking about losing his mind. We started writing lyrics, and that song came about like an old school Hollywood Undead track. A lot of people don't realize. They think we're different now. The band still acts the same way and does the exact same shit we've done since we started in 2005. We're still drinking as we're walking down the street writing lyrics."
The song title phrase originates from a famous line of dialogue, "Round up the usual suspects," spoken by the local Vichy police chief, Louis Renault, in the 1942 film Casablanca.
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