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American Hi-Fi
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock,[1]
Power pop,[1]
Pop punk[2]
Years active 1998–present
Labels Original Sound
Island
Maverick
Website AmericanHi-Fi.com, MySpace Page
Members
Stacy Jones
Jamie Arentzen
Drew Parsons
Brian Nolan
Former members
Jason Sutter

American Hi-Fi is an American alternative rock/power pop band based in Los Angeles, California, which originally hailed from Boston, Massachusetts.[2][1] The band consists of vocalist Stacy Jones, guitarist Jamie Arentzen, bassist Drew Parsons, and drummer Brian Nolan.[3] 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.[2] American Hi-Fi has a close relationship with Miley Cyrus, whose band shares three fourths of the same members as American Hi-Fi.[4]

American Hi-Fi initially formed under the name BMX Girl,[5] and Jones changed to a name personally suggested to him by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.[1] The group issued its eponymous debut album in 2001, which lead to their hit single "Flavor of the Weak". After successful touring, they released the live album Live From Tokyo and then the full album The Art of Losing, in 2002 and 2003 respectively. The group was dropped from their label, Island Records, and they then 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 has toured since to a widespread fan base in Japan and in the U.S.[2]

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Formation, self-titled album and The Art of Losing (1998–2003)

Guitarist Jamie Arentzen, pictured in December 2007

The band formed in 1998 under the name BMX Girl. Stacy Jones later decided to change the band's name to American Hi-Fi.

American Hi-Fi's commercial breakthrough came with their debut single, "Flavor of the Weak" from their self-titled debut album, which charted in the Hot Modern Rock Tracks and Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2001.

In February 2003, the band released their second studio album, The Art of Losing. The album featured the successful singles "The Art of Losing" and "The Breakup Song" which made the band famous. The album was produced by producer Nick Launay, who worked with such artists as Talking Heads, Public Image Ltd. and Silverchair. It is when the album failed to reach the success of the band's first album, that the band was dropped by Island Records.

Hearts on Parade and legal troubles (2004–2006)

In early 2004 and without a backing label, the band headed to Los Angeles, to begin work on a new album with producer Butch Walker. The album, Hearts on Parade, was released in Japan on July 14, 2004.

In 2005, American Hi-Fi were signed by Maverick Records, a division of Island. Maverick helped promote the lead single from Hearts on Parade, "The Geeks Get the Girls", releasing it as a single for radio airplay and following with a music video in February 2005. American release of the full album was repeatedly delayed, finally occurring on April 12, 2005, almost a year after the initial release in Japan. Neither single released with the album broke into the Billboard Modern Rock charts. Fans complained that the new album was too pop. Maverick dropped the band in autumn 2005 citing poor record sales.

In the winter of 2005, Playtone Records began seeking submissions for the Superman Returns soundtrack. The band submitted a demo, "The Rescue", which had been recorded for Hearts on Parade but was cut from the album. "The Rescue" was selected for the soundtrack and ran in promotions for the film. "The Rescue" also received frequent radio airplay into the spring of 2006, but did not result in a new record contract for the band.

Lost and signing to Original Sound (2006–present)

Lead singer Stacy Jones, pictured in December 2007

In December 2006, Parsons and Jones met for plans for a follow-up album, the plans were put on hold due to Jones busy schedule and Arentzen plans to join Butch Walker's touring band in Spring 2007.

In April 2007, American Hi-Fi announced that the band will record their fourth record in May 2007. Soon after, former Drummer Brian Nolan re-joined the band for their follow up and will stay in the band until further notice.

On January 8, 2008, American Hi-Fi released two new tracks on their MySpace page, both unfinished mixes off their upcoming fourth album. "Keep It Like a Secret" was the first track released followed by "A Taste for Crime". Front man Stacy Jones described the new album "It sounds a little like Elliott Smith partying with the Foo Fighters at a kegger with My Bloody Valentine and Superdrag". The band also released eight demos, a few of which were recorded live in the studio sans overdubs on their Myspace page including "Fight the Frequency", "Frat Chump", "Acetate", "Bullet", "This is a Low", "Recover the Stars", "Lost" and "Where Love is a Lie".

On December 4, 2008, Drew Parsons was interviewed about the band and its upcoming fourth record. Parsons talked about the struggles with the past two labels; Island Records and Maverick Records. He also pointed out that they have signed with Original Sound records and would be releasing a new record in April/May 2009. "The Record is complete" says Parsons, "But now it comes down to selecting the songs that will make it on the record". However, at the end of May, it is not known when the album will be released in 2009. The complete transcript is to be found on *Official American Hi-Fi fan site

On October 13, 2009, the band issued a sneak preview of their new single "Lost", which also serves as the title track of the new album, to alternative addiction for fans to check out. It is still unknown when exactly the album will be released.

Band members

  • Stacy Jones – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1998–present)
  • Jamie Arentzen – lead guitar, backing vocals (1998–present)
  • Drew Parsons – bass guitar, backing vocals (1998–present)
  • Brian Nolan – drums, percussion (1998–2003, 2007–present)

Former members

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US US Heat.
2001 American Hi-Fi
  • Released: February 27, 2001
  • Label: Island
81 2
2003 The Art of Losing
  • Released: February 25, 2003
  • Label: Island
80
2005 Hearts on Parade
  • Released: April 12, 2005
  • Label: Maverick
129
2010 "Lost"

Live albums

Year Album details
2002 Rock N' Roll Noodle Shop: Live From Tokyo
2005 Live in Milwaukee
  • Released: April 4, 2005
  • Label: Maverick

Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US US Mod.
2001 "Flavor of the Weak" 41 5 American Hi-Fi
"Another Perfect Day" 33
2003 "The Art of Losing" 33 The Art of Losing
"The Breakup Song"
2004 "The Geeks Get the Girls" Hearts on Parade
2005 "Hell Yeah!"
2006 "The Rescue" 49 Sound of Superman

Non-album tracks

  • "Black Satellite" – bonus track on the Japanese and UK version of American Hi-Fi.
  • "Still Sideways" – bonus track on the Japanese version of American Hi-Fi.
  • "Vertigo" – featured on the American Pie 2 soundtrack
  • "When the Breeders Were Big" – bonus track on the Japanese version of The Art of Losing
  • "Message in a Bottle" – featured on the Rugrats Go Wild soundtrack.
  • "Deceiver" – on the Australian single for The Art of Losing
  • "My Soul To Lose" and "Victory Song" – featured on a "Hearts On Parade" EP, given during the Butch Walker vs. AHF tour (July 2004)
  • "Dead on the Inside" and "We're Gonna Find a Way" – demos from a free EP given out with preorders of Hearts on Parade.
  • "The Rescue" – featured on the Sound of Superman album
  • "Transformers Theme" – Not in film; single available on Yahoo Music Unlimited (3 July 2007)
  • "Art of Losing (Clean Radio Version)" – featured on the "Freaky Friday" soundtrack. The line "fuck you" is replaced with "1, 2" and the line "Can't you see, it's killing me, I'm my own worst enemy" was altered with the "it's killing me" section silenced.

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