Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MEET THE BAND: The High Fidelics

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MEET THE BAND: The High Fidelics

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This week we're talking with Robert "Rowbear" Huffman of The High Fidelics, a Birmingham-based band that contains 3/4 of semi- legendary Tuscaloosa group Club Wig.

Q:

How did the band get started?

A:

Our guitar player (Edwin Cleverdon) answered an ad on Craigslist.com by our bass player (Jeff Waites), who wanted to start a surf band. Then they added a saxophone player (Lars Esperson), then a drummer (Ken Adams). Then the saxophone player quit, and I (Robert Huffman) was asked to join playing the organ. This all happened in spring of 2010 in Birmingham.

Q:

How did you come up with the name?

A:

I made a list of possible band names, I searched them against MySpace.com to make sure they were not taken, but Edwin wanted to suggest "high fidelity," and we all liked the idea of suggesting stereophonic recordings. This was in keeping with our predominantly retro sound and style. It manifested itself on our album cover featuring a late 1950s-style stereo, which was designed by Ken.

Q:

Who makes up the band and what do they contribute?

A:

Jeff (bass), Edwin (guitar), Ken (drums) and Robert (organ) make up The High Fidelics. Jeff and Edwin write most of the songs, with Ken and I adding just a few songs. We rehearse a lot! We still rehearse the first songs that we ever learned. I guess it's something about being in an instrumental band ... you really have to work to maintain your chops.

Q:

How would you describe your sound to audiences who are unfamiliar with your music?

A:

I used to describe it as "surf/instrumental," but now I just say "instrumental" because people have a certain attitude about "surf" music that we find doesn't really suit us all that well. We are really just an eclectic rock 'n roll band that doesn't sing. Our sound varies from one song to the next ... sometimes our music has surf elements in it, sometimes we sound more punk, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes we are more R&B. We even have a country song and a marching band song! We like all kinds of music, so we try to play all kinds of music. …

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