To celebrate 15 years of activity and 15 years from the release of one of the milestones in pop rock history, American Hi-Fi got back in the studio to track an acoustic version of their debut album, which was originally released on February 27th, 2001. The band recorded at Sunset Sound, the legendary studio in the heart of Hollywood where such acts as Social Distortion, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Rancid, and Tom Petty have all recorded.
Long time friend Kay Hanley, who shared stages with singer Stacy Jones in Letters to Cleo, joins the Boston-based quartet on hit song ‘Another Perfect Day’ as guest vocalist.
The result is “American Hi-Fi Acoustic”, a re-work of the thirteen songs compiling the original album with a new, fresh, acoustic spirit, being announced by Rude Records exactly 14 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds after the original album release.
Together with the launch, the band has released today a video for their classic hit “Flavor of the Weak”, recorded during the Sunset Sound sessions. You can check the video here!
Watch the new video for ‘Flavor of The Weak’
Singer Stacy Jones comments: “The guys at Rude Records asked us if we would be interested in doing an acoustic version of our first album. We said “No”. Haha. Then we thought about it for a minute and decided it sounded fun! It was most definitely a challenge.Translating big guitar, riffy rock music to an acoustic form can be difficult. Part of the reason we agreed to do it is that we like to be tested. This record, being our first, was obviously a pivotal and important time for us, both as a band and personally. It was fun to relive some of those erstwhile emotions as we re-recorded the album. We set up at Sunset Sound and recorded most of the album live with minimal overdubs. Some of the songs retain their original arrangement, while others took on a new life.”
‘American Hi-Fi Acoustic’ is due out on Rude Records on April 29th, 2016.
You can pre-order your copy below in various formats! In celebration of the best-selling format at the time of the original release of “American Hi-Fi”, pre-order includes a fancy cassette! By pre-ordering the album digitally, you’ll get “Flavor of the Weak” as instant great track.
American Hi-Fi is an American pop punk band that formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998. The band consists of vocalist Stacy Jones, guitarist Jamie Arentzen, bassist Drew Parsons, and drummer Brian Nolan. Prior to the group’s formation, Stacy Jones was well known for being a drummer in the successful alternative rock bands Veruca Salt and Letters to Cleo. American Hi-Fi has a close relationship with Miley Cyrus, whose band shares two members with American Hi-Fi. The group has a mixed musical style that includes influences from pop punk, alternative rock, and power pop.
The group released its eponymous debut album in 2001, and this led to their hit single “Flavor of the Weak” and the band was awarded as the “Rising Star” from the Boston Music Awards, 2001. After a successful tour, they released the live album Rock N’ Roll Noodle Shop: Live from Tokyo and then the full album The Art of Losing, in 2002 and 2003 respectively. After this, the group was dropped from their label, Island Records, and moved to Los Angeles to remake their production and sound. Working with veteran music producer Butch Walker, they released Hearts on Parade in 2005. The band then toured to a widespread fan-base in Japan and in the United States. Finally the band came back after five years of interval, releasing their fourth studio album Fight the Frequency in August 2010.
In 2014 the band was back with ‘Blood & Lemonade’, American Hi-Fi’s fifth full length out on European label Rude Records. Featuring the single ‘Allison’ and other notables ‘Golden State’ and ‘Armageddon Days’, the record wholly embraced the sound and spirit of classic, balls-to-the-wall, guitar rock mixed with the power pop sensibilities that lead to their worldwide ‘Flavor of the Weak’.