American Hi-Fi has been called a pop band, a pop-punk band, a pop metal band, but it?s all just Rock n?Roll to me. After making three records, I have learned to embrace our continual identity crisis. I got into music at an early age, playing in every garage band I could find throughout high school.
I moved to Boston for college & played drums for some artists who I really respected; Tanya Donnely, Aimee Mann, until I met up with what would become my first ?real? band, Letters to Cleo. I played drums in Cleo for several years before meeting my next band, Veruca Salt.
During my first tour with Veruca I had the idea to start my own band. I didn?t really know how to play guitar, and had never sung a note in my life. I bought a guitar book and taught myself how to play in the back of the tour bus. On breaks, I would work on what would become American Hi-Fi, recruiting my best friends ? I knew Drew (bass) from Tracy Bonham?s band, Brian (our former drummer) from the Chicago band, Fig Dish & Jamie came from a much loved indie band, the Sky Heroes.
Eventually, I left Boston to record Nina Gordon?s solo record in Maui with Bob Rock While there, I told Bob about my band and convinced him to do our record, the eponomously titled American Hi-Fi. Our second album, The Art of Losing, showcased the more aggressive side of the band, a seventies punk aesthetic with a modern melodic approach.
After being let go by Island Records, we moved to LA, where we were determined to continue American Hi-Fi. We wrote & recorded the record ourselves, bringing in our friend Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, The Donnas) to help with the production.
Hearts On Parade is the new album, and I think it is our best yet. The entire feel of the album comes from change; moving across the country, getting a fresh start, it all started the transition process for us. It takes time to figure out who you are, and I feel like we are on our way?
Rock n?Roll rules!