Boston pop-punk rockers American Hi-Fi have recently returned from a semi-hiatus. It’s been four years since their last official LP, a time in which frontman Stacy Jones has been busying himself as the musical director of a little known pop star called Miley Cyrus.

Following a very special sold-out show at London’s 100 Club in May this year, the band announced their new album ‘Blood and Lemonade’ will be released on September 16th this year via Rude Records.

We asked the guys to put together our latest ‘happy’ playlist on Spotify, and also spoke with Stacy Jones to find out what it takes to have longevity in the music industry.

Check out the lyric video for ‘Golden State' and read our interview below.

1. It’s been four years since the last record, what was the inspiration for ‘Blood and Lemonade’?

‘Blood and Lemonade’ was inspired by a few things… My personal quest to grow and evolve as a man, moving on from relationships that were toxic and forging a new path, and my desire to play some loud Rock music!  The Foo Fighters have always been a huge inspiration to me and I wanted to make a record like that…4 guys in a room, playing their instruments and going for it!

2. You recently played a sold out show at London’s 100 Club. How was the reaction from the fans after being on hiatus for so long? 

The reaction from our fans has been phenomenal!  We didn’t know if anyone would care about our band at this point.  We have released and leaked some of our new music and so far, people seem to really dig it!  That is so important to us.  We don’t want to just go out there and play the old stuff… We feel like this new album is one of our best efforts yet! We want to keep big guitar rock alive!

3. You’ve been together since 1998, what do you think is the key to longevity in the music industry?

The key to longevity in the music business is to be open.  Be open to new ideas, new projects, new ways of creating music.  I’ve been very lucky.  I have been a working musician for over 20 years now.  I’ve never had a real job.  I work hard, I’m reliable, and I give every project I’m involved in my all, every night.  You can’t phone it in.

4. We believe that happiness is better shared; please can you pick a song from your playlist and tell us who you’d like to share it with?

‘You’re the Storm’ by The Cardigans.  I’d share it with my wife.  It was playing on one of our first dates and when I hear it, I’m instantly transplanted back in time to that moment.

5. Finally, the new record is out September this year, what happens after that?

We’re not sure! ;)  We hope to play shows!  It really depends...If people want to see us play, we will be there!  If there is demand for the band, we will strap on our boots and hit the road!