It turns out, the classic Madness song “Our House” is perfectly suited for a guitar-heavy rock and roll cover, which was provided to us all this week by American Hi-Fi.
The Boston-based rock/power-pop band known for the hit 2000 single “Flavor of the Weak” began a new covers series recently, launching in late May with a spin on “Steppin’ Out” by Joe Jackson. This week’s follow-up came in the form of an at-home music video for the band’s cover of “Our House,” and it’s an especially crunchy rendition:
“We shot the video for ‘Our House’ during this quarantine phase, each of us acting as our own director, gaffer, creative director, in our respective homes or home studios (the irony is not lost on us),” said front man Stacy Jones in a statement. “Hopefully our take on this classic Madness track will give some added energy to those out protesting for much needed change, to those hunkering down with family due to COVID-19, and to anyone who is fighting the good fight for equal footing in this world.”
Here’s the band’s Joe Jackson cover from last month:
American Hi-Fi is fronted by Stacy Jones, an industry veteran who’s a venerable rock and roll utility man, padding his resume over the years with his own bands like American Hi-Fi and, before that, Letters to Cleo, in addition to taking part in mega-tours with the likes of Matchbox Twenty, Miley Cyrus and the Chainsmokers.
In 2016, the band released American Hi-Fi Acoustic, a stripped-down re-recording of their breakout 2000 debut record as a means of celebrating 15 years together, and this new cover marks their first release since then.