American Hi-Fi

Drummer Stacy Jones already had his hand in rock & roll prior to his gig with American Hi-Fi. Having been part of two of the 1990s' biggest alternative acts, Letters to Cleo and Veruca Salt, Jones turned his experience inside out for his own musical project. While working on Nina Gordon's Tonight and the Rest of My Life solo album, Jones looked toward the vibrancy of Cheap Trick and the healthy rock sounds of American Hi-Fi. Jones, guitarist Jamie Arentzen, bassist Drew Parsons, and drummer Brian Nolan established home base in his native Boston and signed to Island to issue their eponymous debut in 2001. The album spawned the catchy radio single "Flavor of the Weak," and was followed by plenty of touring, Live from Tokyo (2002), and Art of Losing (2003).