American Hi-Fi is a rock band originally from Boston, Massachusetts, best known for their 2001 hit Flavor Of The Weak. Their musical style incorporates various elements of the pop punk, power pop, alternative rock, and pop rock genres.
To date they have released three studio albums, as well as a live album released only in Japan. Their self-titled album (2000, Island Records) was their best known release, with singles Flavor Of The Weak and Another Perfect Day. Their 2003 follow up album Art of Losing had a slightly rockier edge to it and includes the singles The Art of Losing and The Breakup Song (both of which appeared on various movie soundtracks). However the album failed to meet the success of their first album and they were dropped by Island Records. Their third studio album Hearts on Parade was released by Maverick Records in 2005 with a much more poppy sound. It included the singles The Geeks Get the Girls and Hell Yeah!. There was much division between fans due to the "new sound" and poor record sales meant Maverick dropped American Hi-Fi in Autumn of 2005.
American Hi-Fi have also released a Live album released only in Japan called Rock N' Roll Noodle Shop: Live From Tokyo through Universal. The album is a live recording of a concert performed in Tokyo and includes mainly tracks from the self-titled album. However, it does include an early version of the track Teenage Alien Nation titled Waking Up to the End of the World, Happy (both from the Art of Losing Album) and cover of the Cheap Trick song Surrender.
The band are at present 'still in the studio' working on album no.4. The current name of the album is Fight the Frequency and demos have been released on the bands myspace page for songs titled: "Keep It Like a Secret", "A Taste for Crime", "Fight the Frequency", "Frat Chump", "Acetate", "Bullet", "This is a Low", "Recover the Stars", "Lost" and "Where Love is a Lie".
The album is currently scheduled for release on June 22, 2010
According to an radio interview given by the band in 2001, their name came from a chance meeting with Keith Richards at a club. When they mentioned to him that they were looking for a name, he suggested "American Hi-Fi."
Frontman and founding member Stacy Jones previously drummed for the often mis-labelled all girl punk rock outfit Veruca Salt on their Eight Arms To Hold You tour but never recorded for the band leaving in 1998 to start American Hi-Fi.
Jones is a renowned producer and songwriter and has produced a mixed bag of artists from Hana Montana to Towers of London, also playing drums on various Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana tracks. Jones is also married to international photographer Jade Loop.
Stacy Jones - Vocals, Drums and Guitar
Jamie Arentzen - Guitar and Vocals
Drew Parsons - Bass and Vocals
Brian Nolan - Drums on Self-Titled, The Art of Losing, Rock N' Roll Noodle Shop and Fight the Frequency albums
Jason Sutter - Drums on Hearts on Parade album
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