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Origin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Genres Noise rock, post-punk
Years active 2000–present
Labels Latest Flame, No Karma
Website Official website
Members Dr. Awkward
Mr. Alarm
Yale Delay
Rev. Ever (2007–present)
Past members Noise Lesion (2000–2001)
Reno Loner (2001–2007)

IfIHadAHiFi is a noise rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


The group originally formed in Central Wisconsin in 2000, following the breakup of their previous band, The Pop Machine. Following the style of the band's name, each member took a palindrome as a pseudonym: DrAwkward (drums), MrAlarm (bass, synthesizer, guitar) and YaleDelay (guitar). All three founding members share vocals. Shortly after forming, they expanded to a quartet with the addition of NoiseLesion (synthesizer, keyboards, sampling).

In 2001, IfIHadAHiFi released Ones and Zeroes, their debut album, on Milwaukee's No Karma Records. The album was reviewed favorably in Pitchfork, Milk Magazine, Splendid and Slide the Needle. Shortly after the record's release, NoiseLesion was replaced by RenoLoner (synthesizer, guitar) and the group began regularly touring the US.

Their second album, No More Music, was released on No Karma in 2004. It received strong reviews from Rockpile, Read Magazine (where it was an Editor's Pick), Devil in the Woods, Skyscraper, and Splendid. Following No More Music, Alternative Press named IfIHadAHiFi as one of their "Bands You Need to Know" in 2005.

Crustacean Records released Hot Nuggets!, an IfIHadAHiFi/Modern Machines split CD/LP, in 2006. Each band performed six songs – one new song, one cover of the other band, and four additional covers.

In 2007, RenoLoner was replaced by RevEver (synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, bass). The group worked on a planned EP, Tragedy Breeds Success, throughout 2006 and 2007, but these recordings were shelved in favor of a new album. Fame By Proxy was recorded in late 2007 and released the following year on Latest Flame Records.

While writing new material, the band learned that Nada Surf had named their next album If I Had a Hi-Fi; in return, IfIHadAHiFi announced that their next album, planned for 2011 but finally released in January 2012, would be titled Nada Surf.[1]

At Die Kreuzen's 2011 induction into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Hall of Fame, they cited IfIHadAHiFi as a current band that they thought "should be in consideration for a WAMI."[2]

During the massive Madison protests against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the band quickly released a single titled "Imperial Walker," with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit Progressives United.[3]

Most recently, IfIHadAHiFi was prominently featured in the Cedar Block show Sexy Results: Cedar Block's Dig for the Higgs and How the Quest Was Won,[4] for which they composed and performed six brand-new songs. The songs were also recorded and released as a digital download, as well as a handful of hand-dubbed cassette tapes.


Ones and Zeroes (No Karma Recordings, June 2001)
No More Music (Contraphonic / No Karma Recordings, March 2004)
Hot Nuggets! Split LP with the Modern Machines (Crustacean Records, April 2006)
Fame by Proxy (Latest Flame Records, September 2008)
Nada Surf EP+3 (Latest Flame Records, January 2012)
Songs from Sexy Results: Cedar Block's Dig for the Higgs and How the Quest Was Won EP (February 2012)


  1. ^ Nada Surf announce covers record If I Had a Hi-Fi, tour; Milwaukee band IfIHadAHiFi very pleased, accessed January 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Die Kreuzen accepting WAMI Hall of Fame Award, Milwaukee, WI. 04-17-2011". Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Go behind the scenes of IfIHadAHiFi's "Imperial Walker"". Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Alverno Presents: Cedar Block". Retrieved February 21, 2012.