Hailing from Birmingham, AL the High Fidelics play instrumental music, largely surf and early 60's type stuff.
The High Fidelics, like many other inspiring things these days, came about as a result of an advertisement on craigslist.com. Jeff Waites wanted to start a surf band and was looking for musicians to collaborate. Jeff had been in numerous groups throughout the 1990's in and around Birmingham, AL. Luckily for Jeff, Edwin Cleverdon saw that ad and answered it. At the same time Lars Esperson (lately of the A-Bones) had just moved to Alabama from NYC also contacted Jeff through the same ad. Edwin, Jeff and Lars got together with a drummer that Jeff knew and started the group. The first drummer didn't work out so Edwin suggested they contact Ken Adams. Edwin knew Ken Adams because the two had been in the group Club Wig in Tuscaloosa, AL in the mid 80's. The Club Wig was a seminal group from the early punk/new wave scene in Tuscaloosa that has had numerous reunion gigs over the years.
The four of them (Jeff, Edwin, Ken and Lars) got together for a few rehearsals, but it didn't last. Lars ended up withdrawing from the group and forming (with Jeff Waites on the Bass) the Original Shake Charmers.
Meanwhile, Edwin, Ken and Jeff wanted to continue working together and so Ken suggested they ask Robert Huffman (also a member of Club Wig) to join them on the organ. After much discussion and debate over what would be the name of the group, they finally settled on The High Fidelics.
The High Fidelics played their first gig in October 2010 at a church (a benefit for Scrollworks) and since then they have appeared in bars, cafes and even the Brimingham Public Library. They have also started recording an album which is due to be released imminently.