American Hi-Fi rose to fame back in the early 00s with their self-titled debut album, spawning hit singles ‘Flavour Of The Week’ and ‘Another Perfect Day’, which still find their way into pop-punk playlists today.
Now with their latest EP, ‘Anywhere Else But Here’, a five-track collection of covers, American Hi-Fi show that they still have plenty to offer.
What the world needs right now is some positivity, so this happy-go-lucky record couldn’t have come at a better time. From the first bouncy, energetic beats of opener ‘Steppin’ Out’ to the playful riff in ‘Another Nail In My Heart’, everything about these lively, carefree covers brings a big ol’ smile to the face.
The band tackle some huge ’80s hits in ‘Anywhere Else But Here’, including Madness‘ blue collar anthem ‘Our House’, which adopts a heavier, more guitar-laden sound, and The Boomtown Rats‘ defining single ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’, which gets a melodic pop-punk stamp planted on it while still nodding towards the original Irish hit. It’s a fine line to walk when re-working such popular songs, but American Hi-Fi have hit the nail on the head here.
‘Anywhere Else But Here’ isn’t mind-blowing or revolutionary, sure, but it’s fun, upbeat, and enough to bring a smile to the face, and that’s exactly what we all need right now.