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American Hi-Fi Announce London Gig – May 7th 2014

PRESS RELEASE: March 25th 2014

AMERICAN HI-FI ARE BACK!

Original line-up return with a special one-off gig at London's 100 Club, May 7th

BAND:

Stacy Jones – vocals / guitar Jamie Arentzen – guitar / vocals

Drew Parsons – bass / vocals Brian Nolan – drums

 

After a long hiatus American Hi-Fi, best known for the global hits “Flavor Of The Weak”, “Another Perfect Day” and “The Art Of Losing”, make their long-awaited return to the UK with a very special gig at London's legendary 100 Club on May 7th. This will be the first time the band has performed in the UK since their sold-out 2005 tour with Bowling For Soup.

Formed in Boston in 1998 by former Veruca Salt / Letters To Cleo drummer Stacy Jones, American Hi-Fi quickly became alternative rock radio staples with multiple hit singles from their Bob Rock-produced debut album and its follow up “The Art Of Losing”. Influenced by power-pop titans Cheap Trick and infusing the grittier elements of My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies, American Hi-Fi provided the soundtrack to a generation of rock fans across the world.

The band's self-titled debut album spawned the timeless hits “Flavor Of The Weak” and “Another Perfect Day”, both accompanied by iconic videos that remain in rotation on music channels today. The drum-driven title track of the follow-up release, “The Art Of Losing” was yet another anthem that is still as instantly recognisable today was it was back in 2003.

In 2005 the band toured the UK with Texan pop-punks Bowling For Soup in support of their Butch Walker-produced album “Hearts On Parade”. Drawing on the classic British pop sounds Elvis Costello, The Kinks and The Beatles, the album had a lighter feel yet still retained Hi-Fi's trademark pop-rock hooks. A single, “The Geeks Get The Girls”, was released to coincide with the UK tour while a track that didn't make the album, “The Rescue”, was included on the soundtrack and trailers for the movie “Superman Returns”, earning the band radio airplay into 2006.

That year, American Hi-Fi began work on their latest album to date. The release of “Fight The Frequency” was preceded by demos available exclusively on the band's Myspace page but label struggles delayed the finished album, which eventually saw the light in 2010 along with an iTunes EP.

Since then, singer Stacy Jones has been busy touring the world with Miley Cyrus as her drummer and musical director alongside his fellow American Hi-Fi alumnus Jamie Arentzen. Stacy has also undertaken drum duties for US rock supergroup Matchbox Twenty, most recently touring the UK and Europe with the band in 2013 while Jamie has toured Japan as part of Butch Walker's band.

This special gig in London takes place in the middle of the mammoth Miley Cyrus “Bangerz” world tour and gives the band the perfect opportunity to light the touchpaper on the release of their as-yet-untitled follow-up album. Recorded in 2013, the album is due for release later in the year and the 100 Club audience will be the first to hear a taste of it in addition to a setlist packed with classics that will take you back to what many consider to be a pinnacle era of US pop-rock.

American Hi-Fi play the 100 Club, Oxford Street on May 7th. Tickets are £14 from kililive.com and seetickets.com. Tickets on sale Friday March 28th.

 

 

All press enquiries please contact:

Emma Watson | FifteenThree PR

Tel: 07768 636 500 | email: emmerr@gmail.com | Twitter: @fifteenthreepr

Band website: www.americanhi-fi.com Twitter : @AmericanHiFi

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

“Having Emma Watson on the road with us during our UK tours for the better part of 10 years was an amazing asset…in fact, it wasn't until we switched labels and worked with other PR companies that we realized just how much her presence ON the road helped our TM, our LN rep, and to be honest, the band itself…Having her along to handle meet and greet logistics, press, and on the road promo is sincerely something you can't put a monetary figure on…And she does her job VERY well!”

Jaret Reddick – Bowling For Soup, People On Vacation, Jarinus

“I have worked with Emma Watson professionally since 2007. She started working as my publicist when I began working with Chris Cornell. She has been in charge of directing and pursuing all of my press endeavors internationally and has been responsible for countless meet and greets, interviews and video footage arrangements pre and post show in every imaginable form of venue and across the UK, Europe and America. She is always a pleasure to have around and a joy to work with during every band I have been associated with since our meeting (New York Dolls, Foreigner, Chris Cornell, American Hi- Fi). She is efficient, fun, and always professional. I highly recommend her services as I can think of very few who can do what Emma does in this often difficult and chaotic business and still always get the job done and keep her cool. I hold Emma in my highest esteem and I assure you she is the best person for the job!”

Jason Sutter, drummer – Marilyn Manson

“I recently worked with Emma when I was Tour Managing the band Patent Pending on our UK tour. Had it not been for her, it would have been extremely difficult to keep track of all of our meet and greet winners and interviewers. Given we were coming over from the United States to the UK for the first time, it was extremely helpful to have her there guiding us in the right direction. I knew if there was any confusion on the day of a show I could find Emma at any time and she would have whatever information I needed. Having her there also saved me having competition winners and interviewers calling my phone or emailing me all day when we were busy handling other things at the venues. Having that extremely reliable and helpful hand out there made things a lot less stressful for me. Next time I tour I would love to have Emma on board helping us out.”

Corey Weisinger – Tour Manager, Patent Pending / Events Representative, Nassau Colisseum

When she's not creating Barry Manilow fan art, Emma Watson is very talented at making logistical touring experiences efficient and memorable. She had good morals and is a hard worker. She also owns Michael Jackson's monkey Bubbles, which she stores in a Florida zoo, as it would be unhappy in her UK place of residence. That is a metaphor for her involvement in the music industry.”

MC Lars

As a career photographer I have travelled extensively documenting bands on tour, shooting promo, backstage and live performance images. I have come into contact with many PR people. In 2003 I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Emma Watson by a tour manager. Since then I have enjoyed working with her on many occasions, with many different artists. She clearly understands the wishes of the bands she represents, as well as the needs of, and difficulties faced by, photographers on tour and works hard to ensure the smooth running of all things promo-related before and during a show. In my experience, dealing with Emma makes the whole process of applying for, attending and shooting a show professional and stress-free. She has an excellent knowledge of the major venues and has always been available in person to provide clear and relevant information. In the past she has arranged promo shoots for me and organsied VIP experiences for the fans where photographers were present.

Emma is invaluable when it comes to liaising with artists. In my opinion, she is the “missing link” that many events lack. Having Emma on-hand at a show as a clear point of contact is hugely beneficial. If only this kind of service was available at every gig I attended.”

Scott Cole, Photographer

 

Lit Announce “A Place In The Sun” 15th Anniversary Tour

BAND:

A.Jay Popoff / Jeremy Popoff / Kevin Baldes / Nathan Walker


Following their long-awaited return to the UK in 2013 for Download Festival, Orange County rock band Lit hop across the pond once again this May for a very special tour.

The multi-platinum-selling band will celebrate the 15 year anniversary of their breakthrough “A Place In The Sun” album with string of headline shows.


TOUR DATES

MAY

09 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany

10 – De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands

11 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany

13 – Cathouse, Glasgow, UK

14 – Club Academy, Manchester, UK

15 – Electric Ballroom, London, UK

16 – Button Factory, Dublin, UK

17 – The Institute Library, Birmingham, UK

18 – The Fleece, Bristol, UK

19 – Sub 89, Reading, UK


Anyone who witnessed last summer's massive Castle Donington crowd singing along to every word of the album's global mega-hit “My Own Worst Enemy” will testify that “A Place In The Sun” is still as relevant and fresh today as it was on its release in 1999. To make an album that strikes a chord around the world in its year of release is one thing, but to produce one that includes three massive hit singles and an enduring anthem that spans generations is an achievement few can accomplish.


“My Own Worst Enemy” won the Billboard Award for Biggest Selling Modern Rock Song of 1999 after racking up 12 straight weeks at the top of the US Modern Rock chart. Digital download figures alone are now well over 650,000, an amazing feat considering that the single was released years before the advent of online music sales.


The song, along with the album's two other hit singles, “Ziplock” and “Miserable” (accompanied by a memorable video featuring Pamela Anderson which helped it become one of the top ten most played rock songs of 2000), made Lit MTV mainstays with appearances on the network's landmark “Spring Break” and “Cribs” shows. Tours with No Doubt, The Offspring and Garbage followed with the band clocking up close to 500 shows across the globe within a two year period as well as numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”.


It wasn't long before Lit's huge success in the US crossed the Atlantic. “My Own Worst Enemy” hit the UK Top 20 and earned them appearances on “The Big Breakfast” and “Top Of The Pops” as well as a coveted slot on the Reading and Leeds Festival mainstage.


Their most recent album, the critically acclaimed “The View From The Bottom”, was released last year after a lengthy absence from the UK, yet a one-off headline gig at London's Koko in June confirmed that the band had lost none of its edge, with new tracks like “The Broken” and “Miss You Gone” slotting in perfectly next to the classic hits.


“Overflowing with gritty and raucous energy…Lit are absolutely excellent” – Punktastic


“It feels like they haven't been away.” – Hit The Floor


“Polished fare awash with slick harmonies, clean guitars, heavy drumbeats, giant hooks and an unadulterated wall of gleaming pop.” – Rock Sound


“The wait was most definitely worth it. Welcome back Lit.” – uberrock.co.uk


“They've not skipped a beat, picking up where they left off.” – Kerrang


The “A Place In The Sun” 15th Anniversary Tour may be a celebration of past achievements with the album being played in its entirety for the first time, but it also marks the beginning of a band moving forward to their next chapter and giving fans old and new a masterclass in American rock. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.


For interviews / reviews please contact:

07768 636 500 / emma@fifteenthree.com

Artist website: www.litband.com