A Gets 'Serious' On Sophomore Set

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With the July 16 U.S. release of "Hi-Fi Serious" on Mammoth/Hollywood, British rock-punk band A has high hopes of transcending its popularity as a great live band and building a greater fan base on the radio airwaves. "Of course, it's all about the mosh pit," jokes lead singer/songwriter Jason Perry, "but the band has gone to great lengths to deliver the strongest music we can."

As a result of constant touring in the past couple of years for its first U.S. release, 1999's "Monkey Kong," A's "Hi-Fi Serious" shows a more focused effort. "We wanted the new album to reflect what we've found to be most important for us in life. It's about home, family, and your loved ones. Our newfound appreciation shows in our passion for our music."

"Hi-Fi Serious" was first issued in April to the U.K. and Europe on London Records. The single "Nothing" has made a strong impression there. Produced by Al Clay of Pixies fame, the set features 12 confident songs. The Van Halen-guitar-influenced band sounds akin to Foo Fighters and Green Day, while Perry's vocals are reminiscent of the rasp of a young Rod Stewart mixed with the soulful sound of a Police-era Sting.

Perry notes, "With the current climate of radio having been opened up by American rock bands in the past couple of years, we've caught the country at the right time to receive what we have to offer."

A's summer plans include touring Europe and Japan; a U.S. trek is possible for the fall.

Here are A's upcoming tour dates:

July 5: Wiesen, Austria (Forestglade Festival)
July 13: Kinross, Scotland (Balado)
July 14: Meath, Ireland (Witnness Festival)
July 20: Nottingham, England (Woolaton Park)
Aug. 17: Osaka, Japan (WTC Open Air Stadium)
Aug. 18: Tokyo (Chiba Marine Stadium)
Aug. 24: Reading, England (Richfield Avenue)
Aug. 25: Leeds, England (Temple Newsam Park)

Excerpted from the June 29, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.

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